Manufactured in Germany since 1974, the Volkswagen Golf’s enduring popularity is a testament to the precision craftsmanship of German automotive engineering and design. Seven generations of the Golf were introduced over the last four decades. In the Philippines, the Golf’s sport performance variant, the GTI, was launched early in 2015.
This summer, on the Golf badge’s 42nd year, the Highline and Comfortline variants have been added to the Golf line-up, thus expanding the Golf family of fun-to-drive hatches available in the country.
This year, Volkswagen Philippines expands the product line-up of the Golf brand with two other variants–the Golf Highline 1.4 TSI DSG and the Golf Comfortline 1.4 TSI DSG.
“Now we have an expanded range of the fun-to-drive, multi-award winning Golf. As you know, the Golf is a two-time winner of the European Car of the Year and also the Car of the Year in Japan in 2013-2014,” said VW PH president John Philip Orbeta.
“The two Golf variants that will be joining the GTI come at more accessible price points. Despite their smaller engines that still pack a punch, the cars themselves offer the same level of ride and drive confidence the Golf has been known for since it first rolled out of the assembly lines in Germany in 1974,” he explained.
Powering the Highline and Comfortline variant is a 1.4-liter TSI Turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine with a Blue Motion Start/Stop system managed by a seven-speed DSG that produces a maximum output of 150 PS (149 horsepower) at 5,000 revolutions per minute and 250 Newton-meters of torque at 1,500 rpm. This system ensures great fuel efficiency without compromising on the power when you need it most.
Electronic Stabilization Program, seven airbags, Engine Drag Torque Control, Electronic Differential Lock with XDS, and a Regenerative Braking System all come as standard.
Exclusive to the Highline are Bi-Xenon headlamps with headlamp washer and LED daytime running lights, dynamic headlight range adjustment with dynamic cornering lights, and an auto headlight activation with separate daytime running lights
The interior of the Highline variant is highlighted by the “Vienna” leather seats and a Climatronic two-zone air-conditioning system with rear vent.
Both models are available in the following exterior colors: Pure White; Sunset Red Metallic; Limestone Grey; and Deep Black Pearl. Pacific Blue is exclusively available for the Golf Comfortline.
The Golf Highline 1.4 TSI DSG is priced at P1.739 million while the Golf Comfortline 1.4 TSI DSG goes for P1.590 million.
“After 42 years, and seven generations, the Golf family has grown in the Philippines. Both the younger set of Filipino car buyers, as well as the older ones, will surely take a keen interest in this line-up, because the brand heritage transcends generations. To put it simply, having fun while you’re behind the wheel knows no age. And so we expect the Golf to be among our bestsellers,” Orbeta added.