Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI (DSG) Review
The right tee

Story & pictures by Azfar Hashim
6 Aug 2009

Can it be just as good as the Golf Sport?

Volkswagen Golf

Brilliant. If you're looking for a word that best describe the Golf Sport, that certainly is it. You see, what Volkswagen has done, particularly in its sixth iteration is to better the quality, give it a slightly more mature look and best of all, provide small but potent lumps.

And that's an advantage here in Singapore, where the roads tax and insurance premium are relegated solely on the engine capacity. The Golf, since its launch a few months back, has been getting rave reviews and ultimately, good sales numbers - try having all first three shipments snapped up as quickly as fresh donuts...

I was the first few to sample the Golf back then, and I walked away from the Volkswagen showroom thinking "this has to be the best understated family hatchback money can buy for now". Then very recently, I spent an entire week punting the same car up North, accumulating some 1,500km and getting to experience just how amazingly this particular car handles - even at 210km/h (ok, I'm now very certain some of you Golf owners are thinking of trying it for yourself, right? ). Oh yes, it return ridiculously good fuel efficiency as well.

So impressed, I am very certain this will be my next car.

But hold on first - like some of you, the recent rise in the COE (how rude of the LTA) jacked the price tag of the Golf Sport too close to the psychological $100k price barrier. Now that made me think twice about buying it - after all, forking so much money just doesn't make sense.

Volkswagen then fought back - they handed me this base Golf you're seeing here, instead.


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Engine Capacity 1390cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10:1
Bore x Stroke (76.5 x 75.6)mm
Power 122bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 98.3 bhp per ton


Acceleration 9.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4199 x 1786 x 1479) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Turning Circle 5.45 metres
Kerb Weight 1241 kg
Boot Capacity 350 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs