The Volkswagen Golf is a 5 seater compact car that has been in production for eight generations starting from 1974 to present. It’s not as popular in the Kenyan market as some of its Japanese rivals thanks to peculiar local habits that eschew the German brands, but still it has a sizable fan base. Elsewhere, the VW Golf is a bestselling icon that is regarded for its leadership in design, safety, performance and comfort. It’s offered in various body styles such as the economy focused normal hatchback, the family-oriented station wagon known as the Golf Variant and the performance focused sports variants.
VW Golf Engine and Transmission Options
The VW Golf MK7(2012-2019) comes with the following engines;
1. The 1.2 Litre TSI Engines (85 PS and 105 PS)
2. The 1.4 Litre TSI Engines (122 PS and 140 PS)
3. The 2.0 Litre TSI Engines (220 PS, 230 PS and 300 PS)
1. The 1.6 Litre TDI Engines (90 PS, 105 PS and 110 PS)
2. The 2.0 Litre TDI Engines (105 PS, 150 PS and 184 PS)
These are linked to either an automatic DSG transmission or a manual transmission and available in both 2WD and 4WD(Grade R only).
VW Golf Interior
For a compact car, the VW Golf is fairly spacious and comfortable. At the first row, there’s is sufficient legroom for both driver and passenger with enough space to recline as desired. At the second row, the legroom is similarly good with padded seats that are well elevated and comfortable.
VW Golf Exterior
The VW Golf has a stylish and sporty exterior. The headlights are sharp and modern with daylight running lights on the higher grades. All grades come with alloy rims ranging from 15-Inch to 18-Inch.
VW Golf Maintenance Costs in Kenya
Service parts are fairly priced and shared with other VWs so availability is good. Body parts on the other hand are expensive and mostly available from specialist shops in Nairobi.
VW Golf Reliability
The VW Golf is not as forgiving on poor maintenance as some of its Japanese rivals. The DSG gearbox has elaborate maintenance procedures that should be religiously adhered to otherwise it will develop problems.It should also be serviced by a qualified technician who understands the DSG gearbox and the requirement for an expensive transmission fluid with dedicated additives. Anything short of this will be catastrophic.
VW Golf Price in Kenya: https://cars.topcar.co.ke/vehicles/volkswagen/golf
Import the VW Golf in Kenya: https://topcar.co.ke/import-your-car/
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