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2016 Volkswagen Golf 92TSI Comfortline Review

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf 92TSI Comfortline is yet another in a seemingly endless line of Golf variants, with this one replacing the previous MY15 Golf 90TSI. While the engine might not be the star of the show, given the scant 2kW of extra power, the interior tech additions most certainly are.

The turbocharged 1.4-litre engine generates 92kW and 200Nm, while using an ADR claimed 5.4 litres per 100km on the combined cycle. On test, covering just over 250km with a 50km freeway cycle, the Golf returned an indicated 9.5L/100km.

There’s also an App-Connect USB interface for Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and MirrorLink. The Golf 92TSI also gets a reverse-view camera as standard equipment. To this suite, the 92TSI Comfortline as tested adds niceties such as satellite-navigation as standard.

These additions have a twofold benefit in that they bring the Golf up to current standards, but they are also useable tech. Anyone who spends a fair bit of time behind the wheel slogging through the daily commute will appreciate these additions.

There’s not much point discussing Golf styling. This Golf looks pretty much like the Golf before it, which looks like pretty much every other Golf before that. There is good reason for the safety in styling mentality that Volkswagen takes, as there’s no point reinventing the wheel when buyers love the Golf as much as they do. Hence this is why VW is always describing every new Golf it releases as ‘evolutionary’ rather than ‘revolutionary’.

It’s refreshing to sample the reality of what a large European manufacturer like Volkswagen interprets as a relatively entry level model. This Golf, despite being at the cheaper end of the overall range price-wise, certainly isn’t in terms of comfort, ergonomics, and finish. The cabin is as quiet and insulated as the most expensive Golf in the range, and none of the touch surfaces feel harsh or cheap. The doors close with a solid thud and there’s a comforting feeling of insulation and quiet once you’re closed in.

Published: Thursday, March 3, 2016

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