Volkswagen Golf Sport 1.4 TSI (DSG) Review
The People's Champion

Story and photos by Azfar Hashim
11 Jan 2013

Singapore's best-selling hatchback returns in Mark 7 guise, and it looks all set to sell

Introduction, Exterior

Volkswagen considers our market so important, we’re the first outside of Europe to get the seventh generation Golf.

They say ‘the older you are, the smarter you get’. 

Which is true for most of us, as after all, life experiences teaches you a lesson or two in getting things right.

In the case of Volkswagen, more than thirty years of building hatchbacks has taught them very well what consumers want as times change. Over the course of six generations, the Golf has grown and most importantly, was improved upon in keeping up with the times.

Speaking of which, the Golf in Marks 5 and 6, has to be the most popular hatchback here in Singapore. They’re so common that every single time you mention the word ‘hatchback’, you would immediately associate them to the Golf. Yes, that’s how popular it is.

Well Peugeot and Ford came close, but that’s all they manage to do – play second fiddle.

Barely five years into its product lifespan in Singapore, the Golf in its latest iteration arrives. Now here is where things get interesting – despite being a sedan-centric market, Volkswagen considers our market so important, we’re the first outside of Europe to get the seventh generation Golf.


Exterior wise, the latest Golf has grown and somehow looks neater and sleeker than the model it replaces; sharp-looking too, especially after you see it parked next to other hatchbacks. There’s the slimmer pair of headlamps to give a chiseled face and slit-like tail lamps that results in a really sexy rump. Then, the highly detailed front and rear bumpers to make the difference between Mark Six and Seven Golfs more apparent even if you’re not exactly a car sort of person. 

Lastly, a side-profile that is properly balanced - the position of the two front wheels have been pushed some 43 mm forward to make the front overhang look shorter and the car appear more planted. Compliment it with 17-inch rims wrapped in 225/45 R-17 Michelin Primacy HP rubbers and the Golf gets a sporty edge.

Yes, it may still appear simple and even nondescript to some, but Volkswagen obviously did put in much effort to make the Golf look this way. But the real design story with the Golf is the dominant C-pillar; we happen to find it cool.

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Engine Capacity 1395cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 140bhp @ 4500rpm
Torque 250Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 110.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 212 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 20.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox (DSG)
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4255 x 1790 x 1452) mm
Wheelbase 2637 mm
Kerb Weight 1271 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs