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new golf prices revealed, as model becomes available to order

Dec 16, 2003

Volkswagen has today announced prices for the Golf Mk V, which is now available to order throughout the UK retailer network.  They start at £11,995 for the S 1.4-litre 75 PS with three doors – which is less than the equivalent outgoing Match model – and rise to £18,530 for the top of the range five-door 2.0-litre GT TDI 140 PS.

The new, fifth generation Golf is available in three trim levels at launch (S, SE and GT TDI/GT FSI), and each comes with a comprehensive range of equipment as standard.  This includes: six airbags (including head airbag system for front and rear passengers); head restraints and three-point seatbelts for all three rear occupants; CD player with six speakers; ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); ABS; active front head restraints; electric mirrors and front windows; remote central locking; and electro-mechanical power steering.

Move up from S to SE trim, and the list grows with 15” alloy wheels; ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic climate control; CD player with ten speakers; cruise control; rain sensor wipers; auto headlights and auto-dimming rear view mirror.

At the top of the range, the GT TDI and GT FSI models benefit from 16” alloy wheels; front fog lights; leather steering wheel, handbrake grip and gear knob; front sports seats; 2Zone climate control; multifunction computer; sports suspension; and rear electric windows (on five-door models).  These two models fall under the ‘GTI’ family in the price list, and will be joined by a 2.0-litre FSI turbocharged GTI with 200 PS towards the end of next year.

Five engines – three petrol and two diesel – are available from launch on 30 January 2004.  Petrol units are a 1.4-litre 75 PS, plus direct-injection 1.4-litre FSI 90 PS and 1.6-litre FSI 115 PS engines.  The two diesel engines are a 1.9-litre TDI 105 PS and the sophisticated 2.0-litre TDI with 140 PS, recently introduced in the Touran compact MPV.  Both diesels comply with Euro IV emissions regulations, meaning that they are exempt from the company car three per cent tax levy.  For example, the 2.0-litre TDI is one of the most powerful diesels in its class, and yet with CO2 emissions of only 154 g/km, it is placed in the lowest scale band of 15 per cent.

In March, two new engines will join the range: a 2.0-litre FSI 150 PS petrol, and a 2.0-litre SDI 75 PS diesel, which features Volkswagen’s highly efficient ‘Pumpe Düse’ unit-injector system.  It was the previous Golf’s wide choice of class-leading diesel engines that helped it become the UK’s most popular diesel car in 2002. 

Volkswagen expects to sell around 55,000 new Golfs in the UK next year.  It is not only the brand’s top selling model in this country and indeed the world, but it is also Volkswagen’s best selling model to date.  With sales of over 22 million, the Golf has surpassed the record of even the original Beetle.

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