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Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI EVO

THE CREATION OF EVOLUTION (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

The latest Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI EVO might just be the most complete family hatchback for sale. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 41

The improved 7th Generation Volkswagen Golf might just be at its best when fitted with the 150PS petrol engine with ACM cylinder cut technology. You get the best of both worlds here; sprightly performance and handling with diesel-like economy and emissions.

Backgroundword count: 79

Progress rarely comes in great leaps and bounds in the car industry. Instead we tend to see incremental steps forward - or at least sometimes we do. Let's pause to consider the petrol-powered Golf 1.5 TSI EVO model we're looking in this case. Up to 56.5mpg combined cycle consumption; up to 114g/km of CO2. And better performance than you would have got from a MK4 model Golf GTI hot hatch. You want progress? You're looking at it right here.

Driving Experienceword count: 224

The 1.5 TSI Evo engine is the one really new powerplant in this revised Golf line-up and since this unit is going to feature in a wide range of future Volkswagen models, the Wolfsburg engineers have devoted a great deal of thinking time into getting it right. It carries forward the 'ACM' 'Active Cylinder Management' technology used in the previous 1.4-litre TSI unit which allows the car to run on only two of its four cylinders under light throttle loads. What's different with the 1.5 TSI Evo powerplant is a general reduction in internal operating friction. And the fact that in its 130PS guise, the whole engine can completely shut down when you come off the throttle. Hence Volkswagen's decision to use 1.5 TSI Evo 130PS power for its full-'BlueMotion' model, rather than the previous 1.6-litre TDI diesel unit. If you're not quite so concerned about frugality, the 1.5-litre TSI unit also comes in 150PS form, where it can give his Golf a very decent turn of speed, 62mph from rest achievable in 8.3s en route to 134mph. It doesn't thrive on high revs, but it's nicely devoid of turbo lag and the steering is accurate if not exactly full of life. Moreover, the front end of this car is brilliant and you'll really get something out of driving it in a spirited fashion.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

8.3

0

Combined mpg:

56.5

0

CO2 (g/km):

114

Height (mm):

1452

0

Insurance group:

16

0

Length (mm):

4255

0

... and 3 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Compact Family Cars

Performance
60%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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