IT’S the littlest hooligan in town, the newest member of the GTI line-up and Volkswagen’s Up! city car is just bristling with fun. It joins the Polo and the iconic Golf in a triumvirate of GTI power. The last time there were three models in the series was in 2005 and, like all newcomers, the Up! just wants to make its presence felt. Volkswagen’s GTI series is legendary and something of an exclusive club. Models are carefully modified by VW’s engineers for extra power, performance and thrills. The ride height is reduced and the suspension set-up adjusted but not too hard, so that the car is in contact with the road for the maximum time possible. Tyres are bigger and rims larger for longer road contact, particularly when cornering. Anti-roll bars are strengthened and the steering tuned for maximum response and agility – and that delightful and precise feeling you get when driving a performance car. Finally, the aerodynamics are tweaked – a splitter … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Golf, Polo and Up!
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3 The Volkswagen Golf SV is one of those cars that you’d never notice unless you happened to be driving one. Even owners of Golf hatchbacks and estates rarely know what it is, or indeed why it exists. The simple answer is that the SV (Sportsvan – the irony!), which has recently been facelifted, is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV for short). Remember those? Vehicles such as this were all the rage 15 years ago, but with the meteoric rise of the SUV showing no sign of slowing it’s not inconceivable that the term “MPV” could disappear from the automotive lexicon altogether. It would be a shame if that happened, because more often than not cars such as the Golf SV are more useful than their SUV stablemates. Not only do they offer greater interior space for similar external dimensions, but they often incorporate details like sliding and tilting rear seats as standard. Although it sits on a 50mm longer wheelbase than the Golf hatchback, the SV still … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Golf SV review: a jack of all trades but a master of none?
FAMILY portraits are naff. You sit there looking awkward with a side-parting you didn’t want and wearing matching clothes you don’t like. You do it for your mum. But here’s a family photo you’d be proud to hang on your wall. All three Volkswagen GTIs – that’s Golf, Polo and now Up! – in the first triple track test. The baby Up! (115hp) has more beans than the original Mk1 Golf GTI (110hp) – and all from a tiny 1-litre three-cylinder engine. I liked it a lot.Golf GTI THE icon. The halo. Rock solid, classy, stunning engine, Jeremy Clarkson owns one – so it’s got to be pretty decent, right? Almost a third of all Golf sales in the UK are “Performance” cars – that’s GTI, GTE (plug-in hybrid), GTD (diesel) and R (310hp, all-wheel drive and sublime). The car you see here is the Golf GTI Performance version. Essentially, it’s a GTI tricked up with a mechanical front diff, bigger brakes and another 15 … [Read more...] about VW Up! joins the GTI family so we took all three out for a track test
Handelsblatt Explains Conceived by Hitler in the 1930s, Volkswagen became the symbol of Made in Germany and the world’s largest car maker. Then it crashed into Dieselgate. Published on June 23, 2017 2:59 pm Fahrvergnügen, like Volkswagen, is one of those long and phonetically implausible German words that beckons Americans with a vague promise of exotic thrills and masterful engineering. That’s why Volkswagen (VW) invented the word Fahrvergnügen for its American ad campaign in the 1990s. It means “driving pleasure,” but to many Americans it represented “what makes a car a Volkswagen.” In fact it symbolized even more than that. VW, as a brand and institution, stood for the label “Made in Germany,” with its confident promise of total reliability. The higher you fly, the harder you fall. Starting in 2015, prosecutors in America and elsewhere have been bringing to light a stunning pattern of corporate crime and moral … [Read more...] about How VW rose so high and fell so low
I'm thinking of changing my car. I have a 132 Toyota RAV4 Sol 2.2l diesel, which has been great and has 125,000km done. I also have a 10-year-old people carrier, which is off the road. I do about 20,000-25,000km annually and get about €2,000 travel expenses. I need to get a seven-seater to carry the whole family (wife, four kids and dog). I don't want to drive a people carrier as the roads I travel on are not good and I've often relied on the 4WD of the RAV4. I have a budget of about €12,000 and while I would consider selling privately and going to England, ideally I would prefer not to. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Is it time to stick or twist? Purchase or hold on to what I have? Taking my circumstances into account, how often would you advise changing my car? Aidan: How often is your entire family in the car at the same time and who is the main driver when you are together? The reason I ask is that it might work for you to downsize the people carrier slightly and … [Read more...] about Seven-seater SUV; MINI change; an ice breaker; for Clare; Possible VW exit?