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Volkswagen Golf Accessories – Care and Protection

Boot box 





Extremely robust, acid resistant, smooth plastic insert, with high edges, wide grooves and embossed logo. Protects your entire boot space from soiling of almost any kind and is easily cleaned. 

  • Part no. 1K0 061 170 (for models with standard boot space)
  • Part no. 1K0 061 171 (for models with raised boot floor and 4Motion)


Boot liner





Light, flexible and precisely tailored to fit your entire boot space. The 5cm high edge provides protection from dirt and damp. The moulded pattern helps prevent the liner and load from slipping when loading the luggage space. Easy to roll up and store when not in use.

  • Part no. 1K0 061 160 (for models with standard boot space)
  • Part no. 1K0 061 161 (for models with raised boot floor and 4Motion)


Boot tray





Practical protection for your entire boot space, incorporating embossed logo. This washable, slip-proof and acid resistant tray has an all-round 5cm high edge that prevents liquids from spilling onto the floor of your car and helps to stop your load from slipping.

  • Part no. 1K0 061 180 (for models with standard boot space)
  • Part no. 1K0 061 181 (for models with raised boot floor and 4Motion)


Boot sill guard – chrome effect





This tailor-made chrome effect boot sill guard mounts easily to the rear bumper. The sill guard protects the bumper from being damaged when loading or unloading.

  • Part no. 1K0 061 195


Boot sill guard – transparent






This tailor-made boot sill guard in transparent film sticks on easily to the rear bumper. Made from scratch resistant plastic the sill guard protects the bumper from being damaged when loading or unloading. Supplied with fitting kit and instructions.

  • Part no. 1K0 061 197


Central armrest






Not only does the central armrest offer added comfort on longer journeys, but it also incorporates a handy storage compartment so that smaller items can be kept within easy reach.

  • Part no. 1K0 061 123 71N (antracite)
  • Part no. 1K0 061 123 7G8 (pure beige)


Clothes hanger






This practical clothes hanger simply attaches to the head restraints. It ensures your clothing reaches its destination without a crease. For the safety of passengers, the hanger should be removed if rear seats are occupied or the front seat backrest needs to be folded forward.

  • Part no. 00V 061 127


Entrance strips






These high quality aluminium entrance strips, help protect your door sills from scratches or damage and ensure your vehicle looks great for years to come. Set of four.

  • Part no. 1K5 071 305


Entrance strips – illuminated






(similar to above image)

These eye-catching polished stainless steel, illuminated entrance strips are available for the front doors. They not only look great, but also help protect your door sills from scratches or damage. When the front doors are opened, the entrance strips feature white illuminated Golf lettering. Each set includes two strips.

  • Part no. 1K0 071 300 (front illuminated, 2 door)
  • Part no. 1K5 071 300 (front illuminated, rear unlit, 4 door)








Perfectly shaped to fit your vehicle, these durable, black, hard wearing mudflaps offer protection against water spray and flying stones. Supplied with fitting kit and instructions. Set of two. 

  • Part no. 1K0 075 101 (Rear)
  • Part no. 1K0 075 111 (Front – for vehicles without side sill set)
  • Part no. 5M0 075 112 (Front – for vehicles with side sill set)


Reversing aid






Integrated into the rear bumper, the reversing aid measures distance through four ultrasound sensors. An acoustic alarm sounds as you approach a hazard. Includes an intelligent set-up function, which prevents objects such as the towbar from being wrongly recognised as an obstacle. The four sensors can also be painted to match the paint colour of your vehicle.

  • Part no. 1K0 054 630 B


Roller sunblinds






Tailor-made sunblinds for the rear window or rear side windows. They are designed to protect you and your passengers from direct sunlight, without obstructing vision or interfering with road safety. Supplied with fitting kit and instructions. Colour: black.

  • Part no. 1K0 064 360 (rear window)
  • Part no. 1K5 064 362 (rear side windows, set of 2, for 5 door models only)


Rubber floor mats – front






These practical, neutral odour, black rubber floor mats featuring the vehicle logo are designed to perfectly fit the floor of your vehicle. Dirt and damp are absorbed and can be removed again and again by simply washing. The mats are held firmly in place by making use of the attachment points provided on the floor. Set of two. Also available for the rear.

  • Part no. 1K2 061 501 041 (2004-2006 models with oval twist toggle fastener)
  • Part no. 1K2 061 501 A 041 (2007 model onwards with circle press stud fastener)

Please check the attachment points on your vehicle as model years are for guidance only.


Rubber floor mats – rear






These practical, neutral odour, black rubber floor mats are designed to perfectly fit the floor of your vehicle. Dirt and damp are absorbed and can be removed again and again by simply washing. The mats are held firmly in place by making use of the attachment points provided on the floor. Set of two. Also available for the front.

  • Part no. 1K0 061 511 041


Safety vest






This highly reflective vest is an essential part of your safety equipment. Often compulsory for public service vehicles and also a requirement when driving in certain countries. Made from 100% polyester. DIN EN 471 approved.

  • Part no. 000 093 062 C


Textile floor mats – luxury






Set of two luxury textile mats that perfectly fit the floor of your vehicle. Made from tightly woven velour with a practical non-slip backing, the mats are held firmly in place by making use of the attachment points provided on the floor.

2004-2006 models


RYJ (anthracite)
RYK (art grey)
RYL (pure beige)

  • Part no. 1K2 061 225 E (front, oval twist toggle fastener)
  • Part no. 1K0 061 226 E (rear, oval twist toggle fastener)

2007 model onwards


WGK (black with black edging)
WNA (black with tropic orange edging)
WNS (black with flash red edging)

  • Part no. 1K2 061 225 EB (front, circle press stud fastener)
  • Part no. 1K0 061 226 EA (rear, circle press stud fastener)

Please check the attachment points on your vehicle as model years are for guidance only.


Textile floor mats – set of four






These hard wearing black textile mats perfectly fit the floor of your vehicle. Made from tightly woven velour with a practical non-slip backing, the mats are held firmly in place by making use of the attachment points provided on the floor.

  • Part no. 1K0 061 GLF 999 (2004-2006 models with oval twist toggle fastener)
  • Part no. 1K0 061 GLF A 999 (2007 model onwards with circle press stud fastener)


Tow rope






Designed to comply with DIN Standard 76033. Suitable for towing total weights of between 1,450kg–2,500kg. Includes 2 shackles and protective sleeve.

  • Part no. 000 093 014


Warning triangle






To keep you safe in an emergency. Specially made to take up very little space, designed to ECE Regulation 27 standard. With swivel mounted support feet and case.

  • Part no. 1Y0 093 055

Volkswagen Golf Accessories – Transport Equipment


Bicycle holder






(illustrated with roof bars)

For the serious cyclist. Aerodynamically shaped plastic section with frame holder in matt chromed steel. Lockable. Easy to handle and easy to fit. Weight empty: approx. 3.2kg. City Crash tested.

  • Part no. 6Q0 071 128 A

How the City Crash test works

The transport system is fitted to the vehicle and loaded with an appropriate weight. A typical rear-end collision in urban traffic at approximately 30 km/h is simulated by the application of horizontal acceleration and of forces acting against the direction of travel. To pass the test, the transport system must not become detached from the vehicle

Technical information

Only in conjunction with roof bars and supporting rods with C-slot or rectangular section 20 x 30. 

Suitable for bicycles with tubular frame up to 80mm diameter and tyre width up to 55mm.


Bicycle holder for tailgate






Matches the lines of the vehicle visually. Practical and quick to fit. Carries a maximum of two bicycles. Made from anodised aluminium sections, with an anti-theft locking device. Pre-assembled, therefore especially easy to attach. Weight: 6.8kg. Carrying capacity: 30kg.

  • Part no. 1K0 071 104

Technical information

  • Not suitable for vehicles with roof spoiler.
  • Not suitable for Golf GTI.


Bobsy G0 plus






Being a rear-facing only child seat, the practical Bobsy G0 plus is applicable to all Volkswagen models fitted with three-point seat belts as standard. The infant is secured by means of the integrated harness belts, while a deep bucket and height-adjustable headrest offer the very best protection and support for small babies. Featuring an ingenious curved carry-handle, it enables babies to be placed in and taken out easily. It also features a softly padded, washable cover and a sunshield to protect against direct sunshine. Suitable for children up to about fifteen months old or weighing up to about 13kg. Please note, the front passenger airbag must be deactivated when fitted to the front passenger seat.

  • Part no. 00V 019 900 C


Bobsy G1 ISOFIX DUO plus






All of the tests in the last few years have indicated that ISOFIX child seats are currently the safest systems for small passengers. The G1 ISOFIX DUO plus guarantees maximum levels of comfort, safety and support, being fastened into place with special standard mountings permanently fixed to the body of your car. As a practical feature, the G1 ISOFIX DUO plus, with its latching clips folded down, can also be used in cars where the ISOFIX system is not fitted. For maximum comfort, shoulder straps are easily adjustable for height, while the seat bucket can be fixed in three different positions. Suitable for children from eight months to about four years (9-18kg).

  • Part no. 00V 019 909 B


Bobsy G3 plus






When the regular belt is still too big – or the passenger still too small, the G3 plus is the natural choice. It fills out the seat space so that the standard three-point seat belt can be properly strapped around the child. The seat adjusts in width to suit your child’s hip size and features supportive, upholstered side wings. The height of the sleep support can also be adjusted and tilted to match your vehicles seat back, ensuring your child stays comfortable even on longer journeys. The sleep support can also be removed. Covers are removable and washable. The G3 plus is fastened in place by means of the standard three-point seat belt. Suitable for children from four to twelve years (15-36kg).

  • Part no. 00V 019 906 A


Kayak holder






(similar to above image – illustrated with roof bars)

Specially developed for transporting one-man kayaks weighing up to 25kg. Net weight: 1.6kg.

  • Part no. 1K0 071 127

Technical information

  • For fitting onto roof bars/supports with T-slot section.
  • Plastic with rubber pads.
  • For the safe transport of one kayak.

Contents: 4 parts per set


Load protector






Reduce the risk of impact from your luggage under heavy braking. The strong, black powder coated steel tubular frame with wire mesh partition, separates the luggage and passenger areas and easily fits behind the rear seats with no need for tools. Once installed, the load protector does not interfere with the operation of airbags or the luggage compartment cover.

  • Part no. 1K0 017 221


Luggage net






Make sure everything stays in its place. Helps prevent your load from slipping and sliding. The black tear-proof net is easily attached by four fastening hooks to the standard securing eyes that are fitted in the luggage space.

  • Part no. 1K0 065 110


Roof bar set






The base roof bar set for all add-ons, whether ski and snowboard holder, bicycle holder, or the practical roof-top container. Made from aerodynamically shaped aluminium section with plastic supporting feet and cover caps. Mechanism is made from coated aluminium steel plate. With theft inhibiting locking system. Weight: approx. 5.5kg. City Crash tested.

  • Part no. 1K0 071 126

How the City Crash test works

The transport system is fitted to the vehicle and loaded with an appropriate weight. A typical rear-end collision in urban traffic at approximately 30 km/h is simulated by the application of horizontal acceleration and of forces acting against the direction of travel. To pass the test, the transport system must not become detached from the vehicle.

Technical information

  • Support section: T-slot


Ski and snowboard holder






(illustrated with roof bars)

Carries up to six pairs of skis or up to four snowboards securely and conveniently. Practical telescopic pull-out feature makes loading and unloading easy. Lockable. Made of anodised aluminium section. Maximum support width: 600mm. Weight: 4.5kg. Carrying capacity: 36kg. TÜV approved in accordance with DIN 75 302.

  • Part no. 1T0 071 129

Technical information

  • Support section: T-slot


Ski sack






(similar to above image)

For the easy transport of up to four pairs of skis up to 190cm in length, including ski poles. Protects the skis against damage from other items of luggage in the vehicle or the sports and luggage container. It features an integrated belt that can be slotted into the seatbelt sockets. Length: approx. 200cm. Colour: black.

  • Part no. 00V 061 202

Also available

Storage bag for ski sack

When the ski sack is not in use, it can be stored inside this useful bag. It attaches to the interior of the vehicle using a handy Velcro pad.

  • Part no. 00V 061 201


Sports and luggage container






(illustrated with roof bars)

Stow extra baggage in this strong, beautifully shaped roof-top container. It has a highly practical, modern aerodynamic design made from high quality plastic with a high grade steel look. It attaches quickly and easily to the roof bars. The lockable box can be opened from either side, with an extra large opening angle for easy loading. Takes up to six pairs of skis or four snowboards (max. length 180cm). Outside dimensions: 190cm x 90cm x 38cm. Weight: approx. 25kg. Capacity: 450 litres. Maximum load: 75kg. City Crash tested.

  • Part no. 000 071 175

Also available

Extension kit

For transporting skis and snowboards in the sports and luggage container.

  • Part no. 000 071 275

How the City Crash test works

The transport system is fitted to the vehicle and loaded with an appropriate weight. A typical rear-end collision in urban traffic at approximately 30 km/h is simulated by the application of horizontal acceleration and of forces acting against the direction of travel. To pass the test, the transport system must not become detached from the vehicle.


Storage tray






This handy anthracite coloured storage tray is divided into five sections to give you additional storage space, so your items are readily accessible. There’s even a purpose made space for your first aid kit. No need to drill extra holes or fit extra bolts. Suitable for both 3 door and 5 door models.

  • Part no. 1K0 061 178 A


Surfboard holder






The convenient way to carry up to two surfboards. Includes two mast holders and two tightening straps. Fits quickly and easily to the roof bars.

  • Part no. 445 071 127


Towbar – detachable






Both stable and strong. When not in use it can be safely stored inside the vehicle. Supplied with fitting kit and instructions. Electrical installation kit must be ordered separately.

  • Part no. 1K0 092 155 A 

Technical information

Suitable for Golf V, Golf GTI 2004 model year onwards, Golf Plus 2005 model year onwards and Cross Golf 2007 model year onwards.

Refer to vehicle documents or manual for permissible trailer or towbar loads.

  • D value (kN): 9,8
  • EC No. e1*94/20*1346
  • Manufacturer: Oris
  • Manufacturer type: E 392
  • Permitted drawbar load (kg): 75

Also required

Electrical installation kit, 13-pin

Safe system matched to controls of standard vehicle.

  • Part no. 1K0 055 204 G

Volkswagen Golf R32

VW Golf R32 
Press Release from VW August 2005

vw_r32_01It was the most powerful Golf ever. The Golf R32 powered by a 177 kW (241 bhp) engine was first launched in August 2002. Not only was it one of the hottest cars on the road, it also sold like hot cakes: three times as many R32’s were sold than originally planned. These are excellent prospects for its successor.

Now comes a new R32 based on the Golf V generation. This time it packs 184 kW (250 bhp) under the bonnet; the permanent 4MOTION four-wheel drive again promises excellent roadholding. The new model will see its world premiere at the 59th Frankfurt Motor Show (15 to 25 September). Presales in Germany start on 19 August. Market launch will be at the end of September. Prices for the new Golf R32 start at €32,200.

From the outside, the best Golf ever is not only recognisable by the R32 logo. Similar to its predecessor, the new top Golf has a design and equipment all of its own. The Golf R32 has a top speed of 250 km/h and comes either with a 6-speed manual gearbox or the optional dual clutch gearbox (DSG). Equipped with the DSG the “R32” is even faster: 6.2 instead 6.5 seconds from 0-100 km/h. Despite all this, the model is unusually easy to handle.

From the front, the new R32 generation is immediately recognisable by its unique aluminium-effect shield-shaped radiator grille. At the top of the grille are double aluminium cross struts. Under the number plate there is another central air scoop for the powerful 3.2-litre V6 engine. Two more large openings on each side of the shield-shaped radiator grille are intended for fresh air supply. As opposed to all other Golfs, there are air ducts at the bottom and on either side of the fully painted front bumper. The lines of the air duct continue into the side skirt all the way along to the rear bumper.

The rear of the Golf R32 is also designed as a fully painted bumper. Only the middle section in the shape of a diffuser is in black. The two round tailpipes made of polished stainless steel are placed centrally next to each other and are integrated prominently in the rear bumper. A glance at the outline of the Golf R32 shows the 18-inch light-alloy wheels (type “Zolder“). They are fitted with 20 spokes and continue the design theme of the first R32 wheel. The spokes still allow glimpses of what lies behind them: brake calipers painted blue. They come with 345 mm (diameter) discs at the front and 310 mm at the rear.

The 225/40 tyres bear the Y-pattern tread for high-speed tyres up to 300 km/h. A large-size rear spoiler makes sure that the rear wheels stay firmly on the road. The fact that the wheel-tyre combination sits snugly in the wheel housings is partly due to the 18-inch wheel size but also to the specially tuned sports running gear that is lower by 20 millimetres.

The sporty concept of the Golf R32 is a theme that permeates the entire vehicle. Take the interior, for example. There are distinctive instruments, sports seats, pedals in aluminium look and special applications that emphasise the sporty nature of the Golf. The sports steering wheel, with perforated leather along the grip area, and the R32 gear shift knob lie firmly in the hand.

As opposed to the more purist style of the Golf GTI, the R32 top model boasts a dazzling array of standard equipment at no extra price, such as automatic air conditioning (Climatronic), the RCD 300 audio system with ten loudspeakers, anti-theft alarm system plus, multifunction display, automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror, rain sensor, tyre pressure monitor and the complete safety programme comprising six airbags, ESP and brake assistant. The standard bi-xenon headlights light up the night like day.

The Golf range: The Golf tops the new registration statistics in Europe. Not only that: no other car in this segment offers so many different engines. With the introduction of the Golf R32 the model range now stretches from 55 kW (75 bhp) to 184 kW (250 bhp). Including the R32-V6, there are ten engines on offer – six petrol and four diesel. This year two more interesting engines will be added to the Golf range. The Golf remains an exciting car to watch.

Text and photos courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen Golf

VW Golf  

vw_golf_01The Golf, the most successful German car of all time, reaches its fifth model generation in the autumn of 2003. Its design and technical features are more supreme, more dynamic than ever before. The new model will be recognised immediately as the latest version of a truly original concept, the ‘Golf class’. The styling, with its characteristic C-post, powerfully shaped rear end, emphatically sporting nose and muscular, wedge-shaped outline, communicates a new, supremely dynamic personality.

Ever since a model bearing this name was first introduced almost thirty years ago, the Golf has been as unique as a one’s own fingerprint. One of the secrets of its worldwide success (more than 22 million Golfs have so far been sold) is that Volkswagen, when it produced a direct successor to the Beetle, created an ‘original’ that resists imitation. For four generations now, the design has been perfected and updated, but it has always represented a stylistic image of its time. The fifth Golf model that is about to be launched retains this unique character but is also the biggest step forward so far in the evolution of this model, both visually and technically. The design team has given the new Golf a even more sharply focused dynamic character that also sets new emotive accents.

The front-end styling is new in every detail, and optimised for low aerodynamic drag. Another unmistakable feature are the twin circular headlights with the glass tapering toward the centre of the car and with horizontal flashing turn indicators in “Phaeton” style. Above the headlights, the side panels now rise more in a more pronounced curve than before and as part of the opening section of the engine hood, create a slightly V-shaped outline together with the radiator grille, that emphasises the dynamic character of this new Volkswagen even more.

The rear of the body is styled in an equally powerful manner: the rear body shoulders emphasise the Golf’s strong visual presence, the bold rear lights with their twin circular elements are another immediately recognisable feature of current Volkswagen design. Half of each rear light cluster is incorporated into the tailgate, which is neatly laid out, with a large rear window that ensures a good view to the rear and, together with the side windows extending back as far as the C-post, for visual lightness and elegance. The overall effect is an emotive one that makes the new Golf seem even more agile and dynamic than any of the previous model generations.

Equipment and décor – perfection down to the smallest detail

This dynamic image is possessed by every version of the new Golf, which as a high-volume model will debut with two- or four-door body styles and be available with Trendline, Comfortline or Sportline decor. Common to all these versions is a very full luxury and safety specification including six airbags, five head restraints (of active pattern for the front seats), lap-and-shoulder seat belts, a new type of safety steering column and a pedal assembly that yields to minimise the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Every detail of the design has been perfectly solved: the controls for instance, are easily understood and ergonomically correct in their positioning; all functional levels have been kept separate to avoid confusion, and the switches and pushbuttons can be operated intuitively. An example of this is the optional Climatronic automatic air conditioning, which has separate controls for the driver and front passenger: if the car is reversed, it switches to the recirculated-air mode. If the windscreen washer is operated, the intelligent control system interrupts the fresh-air supply immediately. The seats are another good example: they are of entirely new design, for maximum occupant comfort, and Volkswagen is also the first manufacturer to offer a car in this market segment with the option of four-way electric lumbar support (integrated into the electrically adjustable seat) and also an independent heater for use when the car is at a standstill. In addition to the 60 : 40 split rear seat backs, which can be folded down as a standard feature, an optional front passenger’s seat back that folds forward can also be obtained for maximum load-carrying capacity.

The body – a new value standard

The body itself is wider than before (1,759 mm / + 24 mm) and also higher (1,483 mm / + 39 mm) and longer (4,204 mm / + 57 mm); it therefore provided distinctly more interior space, particularly in the rear-seat area (+ 65 mm legroom, + 24 mm headroom at the rear and + 8 mm at the front. The luggage compartment now holds 347 litres and the interior length has gone up by 54 mm. These gains move the Golf nearer to the next-higher passenger-car category, but in doing so also serve to emphasise its classless character. This is even more true of the standard of quality it achieves, which is unique in this market segment. The bodyshell’s static rigidity value is an impressive 80 % (!) higher and thus superior to any of the new Golf’s competitors.

Suspension – extreme agility and safety

Volkswagen has given the Golf’s new, dynamic safety suspension settings that are at the same time sporty and comfortable. At the front, the spring strut suspension layout has been optimised in many areas, to ensure accurate directional guidance and stability. At the rear, a new multi-link suspension layout has been developed. The handling and ride quality have been perfected by a completely new and highly innovative form of electro-mechanical power steering, which not only provides a degree of power assistance that matches the car’s road speed, but also makes a big contribution to straight-line precision. Standard features on the new Golf are the latest ESP electronic stabilisation programme and a Brake Assist device, to guarantee maximum stability and retention of the chosen line when cornering and braking. The brake system, with optimised cooling, forms a reliable basis for excellent stopping distances. In the sum of all these positive features, the Golf’s chassis and suspension represents an unparalleled blend of ride comfort to a standard normally only associated with a much larger car, excellent steering response and road behaviour.

The power train – with innovative direct injection

The power train also provides ample evidence of Volkswagen’s technological leadership. The keyword here is direct fuel injection. Taking the TDI diesel engines as an example, the supreme new power unit in this area is the 2.0 TDI, which develops 103 kW (140 PS). It is a high-torque four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder, driving the wheels through a new six-speed gearbox or with the option of the direct-shift gearbox (also with six speeds). Volkswagen was the first manufacturer worldwide to introduce this type of gearbox, in its Golf R32 DSG model. Then there are the FSI engines: this abbreviation is used for the units with direct petrol injection. The 1.6 FSI, rated at 85 kW (115 PS), has already proved successful in the Touran and is now to be available in the Golf. Here too, a six-speed gearbox is standard equipment, but the driver can, as an optional extra, leave the gear changes to a smooth, efficient six-sped automatic transmission. The new Golf will be launched with a choice of four power units – two petrol engines (55 kW / 75 PS and the 1.6 FSI with an output of 85 kW (115 PS), and two TDI diesels (77 kW / 105 PS or 103 kW / 140 PS). All Golf engines comply with the EU 4 exhaust emission standard. Four further engines will be launched slightly later, including two FSI units and an SDI diesel. In due course, additional engine options at the top end of the power-output scale will also become available. Delivery of cars with the automatic transmission and DSG options will start early in 2004.

Text and photos courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen Golf Plus

VW Golf Plus

Press Release from VW December 2004

vw_plus_01Volkswagen is expanding its model spectrum with a new Golf dimension: the Golf Plus. A second, an additional, a different Golf. With added extras in terms of bodywork and seating height, interior space, variability and functionality. Tailored, point by point, to the needs of our time. Premièred for the first time ever at the Bologna Motorshow. Market début in Germany: end of January 2005. The Golf Plus is positioned as a progressive all-round vehicle of a new vehicle generation.

Higher than the Golf and lower than the Touran 

Dimensions and Design: Although instantly recognisable as a Golf on first sight, the stylistic details overflow with independence and open up a completely new Golf perspective. The starting point? The height: with its 1.58 metres, the Golf Plus surpasses the Golf by exactly 95 millimetres, but remains 5.4 centimetres below the Touran. The Golf Plus is immediately recognisable as a Golf through the characteristic radiator grille, the front wing and the bonnet, the C-pillar, the bumper and the large hatch back design. For the Golf Plus is a further developed version of the original Golf design and no mere reflection. The designers of the Golf Plus re-created doors, bonnet, bumper, wing, roof, headlights and tail-lights for the new model. 

Multi-functional seating system 
Perfection in Detail: The cleverly-designed Golf Plus fittings include, among other things, a rear seating system which can be shifted lengthways by 160 millimetres by means of a new folding kinematic system. This method automatically causes the seating area to be lowered as soon as the backs of the asymmetrically adjustable, divisible seats have been folded down; resulting in a nearly level storage area. Up to 43 possibilities for storage and attachment and a height-adjustable storage surface in the boot (with dual-position adjustment) pave an easier way through automobile everyday life.

Variable middle back seat: If you don’t require the middle seat as such, but could use it for additional storage space, you can just put down the back, and a table with drinks holders appears simultaneously. If desired, this can be transformed into the middle arm-rest with the help of an inserted module. The third variation on this theme: the arm rest becomes a large multi-functional box, again via module insertion.

Seating height: The differences between Golf and Golf Plus perhaps become most visible as regards the seating positions. In contrast to the Golf, the “Plus” version proves significantly more upright wherever you happen to be placed. Moreover, a total of 1.007 millimetres inner height in front ensure that even the tallest of us can banish all fears of making unwanted contact with the roof lining; and at the rear the corresponding measurement is still a spacious 976 millimetres.

Completely newly-designed interior with independent fittings 
Interior: When casting an eye over the interior, it becomes clear, as is the case with the bodywork, that Volkswagen has succeeded in putting what is, in many respects, a completely new car on the road. For example, the development department created a new fittings support system tailored to the vehicle’s increased height. These wide-ranging modifications run through the entire interior, affecting gear tunnel and console, middle arm-rest and passenger area, door trims and seating.

Boot: The boot storage capacity can be varied between a minimum of 395 litres and a maximum of 505 litres, this depending on the way the rear seats are placed – comprehensible when you envisage the unlimited use of all five seats. If the rear seat backs are completely lowered, you are presented with up to 1,450 litres storage capacity. The floor of the boot also proves flexible and adjustable. Raised to the higher of two levels, an expansive storage space opens up beneath it.

Rear Seat Entertainment: In the vehicle’s top-of-the-range version with arm-rest, the console between the front seats offers a coolable storage compartment (in the case of air conditioned vehicles) and the possibility to integrate the optional CD-changer or DVD player from the Rear Seat Entertainment range from Volkswagen Individual. Another optional innovation in the Golf class: the middle console can be ordered with a 230 volt connector, capable of recharging your laptop’s storage battery or other devices.

Design Lines: Like the Golf, the Golf Plus will also be available in design lines Trendline, Comfortline und Sportline. The Trendline model only marks the creative start. The Comfortline version offers a plus in terms of exclusivity. In contrast, the Golf Plus Sportline is dynamism personified. Air conditioning is standard with Golf Plus Comfortline and Sportline models.

LED-tail-lights and active curve lights 

Active and passive safety: Apart from ESP and various airbags, an added safety standard making its début in the Golf class is the particularly quick-response integrated LED tail-lights. And during the first half of 2005, the Golf Plus will also be available with active curve lights, whose beams always follow the street radius.

Let’s start with…four engines – two petrol, two diesel 

Engines: In its opening phases, the Golf Plus will be available with two petrol and two diesel engines (TDI). The basis is formed by the 1.4 l petrol engine with 55 kW / 75 h.p., with the 1.6 FSI – with homogenous direct petrol injection, capable of 85 kW / 115 h.p. and designed for use with 95 ROZ super fuel. The two TDI can reach speeds of 77 kW / 105 h.p. and 103 kW / 140 h.p. respectively. During the first six months of 2005, the set will be rounded off by a 1.6 l Otto engine with 75 kW/ 102 h.p., a 2.0 FSI with 110 kW / 150 h.p. and a TDI with 66 kW / 90 h.p.. All engines comply with the EU4 norm. And, in addition to the manual five-gear and six-gear systems, Volkswagen also offers an automatic six-gear system (tiptronic) and the double clutch DSG system for the Golf plus. The tiptronic is used with petrol engines, while the DSG is put to work in diesel engines.

Text and photos courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen Golf GTI



vw_gti_01The Golf GTI has earned its place as the icon of all compact sports cars. Not only that: The letters GTI have become the symbol of a complete genre of vehicles and the epitome of compact handling dynamics. Now Volkswagen presents at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt the next stage of evolution for this icon of driving pleasure: A Golf GTI concept of the fifth generation. 

This concept personifies sheer GTI culture. Powered by a completely new FSI turbo engine with 147 kW / 200 hp, the two door GTI closes, both conceptionally as well as visually, the circle to the legendary founding vision of Grand Tourisme Injection: The Golf GTI of the year 1976. 

The GTI concept shown in Frankfurt consciously emulates the GTI of the first generation. Therefore it has to be red, it has to have a black radiator grille, and it has to rise above the other models of the series with substantial modifications. After all, the first GTI also distinguished itself by prominent independence.

GTI exterior design

The concept combines traditional GTI features with the front end design of a future generation. Inline with the concept R roadster, presented on 1st September, the GTI also has a striking V motive in the design of the front end. The bonnet features an arrow shaped modulation, which continues the flowing lines in the area of the front skirt to form a frame for the shield-like, highly polished, black radiator grille. The radiator grille features a honeycomb mesh and is surrounded, characteristically for a GTI, by a red trim strip. 

Three large air inlets in the bumper accentuate, as active breathing ports, the performance abilities of the new FSI turbo engine. 

In true GTI style, the underside area of the vehicle features a deep black body kit with sill panels and front and rear skirt end elements. 

In contrast to the Trendline, Comfortline and Sportline versions, the rear end makes its mark characteristically as a GTI with an even more striking roof spoiler and chrome twin tail pipes.

GTI interior design

The entry step trim, pedals and floor panels are all finished in brushed aluminium. As an anti-slip measure, the aluminium is enhanced with rubber strips. The completely new leather sports seats (contoured single seats are also installed in the rear) have an ergonomically perfect and inviting appeal just by looking at them. Take a seat and the appeal is confirmed. The very high backrests, in particular, and adjustable head restraints, integrated here optically, create an ambience of extraordinary sporty functionality. Detailed perfection is a bonus: GTI logos are embroidered into the head restraints. 
GTI steering wheel:As with the first GTI generation of 1976, this GTI concept of 2003 is also distinguished by a three spoke steering wheel with metal elements. The leather steering wheel features a brushed aluminium element in each of the spokes. A further GTI logo is embroidered in the vertical spoke. The moulded grips of the steering wheel are covered in suede, similar to that used in the racing world. 

The instruments in the vehicle were also revamped. Their graphic layout and design give an image of technical precision in its highest form. Each of the round main instruments is surrounded by a ring of machined aluminium.

GTI basis

Technically, the GTI concept features all of the advantages of the Golf series that are generally set as the standard in its class. Included here are the high quality bodywork, the new safety running gear designed for driving dynamics (including ESP and dual brake assist system), the new electro-mechanical steering, the efficient technology of fuel stratified injection (FSI) – enhanced in the case of the GTI with a turbocharger, and the innovative automated direct selection gearbox (DSG).

GTI distinction

With the high output and GTI philosophy in mind, the car features substantially stiffer, but still comfortable, sporty running gear. Newly designed 18 inch alloy wheels, sporting wide tyres, provide the majestic contact with the road and ensure that the larger sized braking system, with red finished brake calipers, is well accommodated. Another new feature is the exhaust system with twin tail pipes. 

Text and photos courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen Golf GT TSI

Press Release from VW August 2005

vw_gt_01At the International Motor Show (Cars) in Frankfurt, Volkswagen is presenting a ground-breaking innovation in the development of direct injection petrol engines: The world’s first twin-turbocharged FSI engine – the “Twincharger”. The engine developers at Volkswagen have taken an unusual approach to achieving lower fuel consumption values: Reduction in cubic capacity alongside the combination of an exhaust turbocharger with a compressor.

With the new 1.4 l 125 kW Twincharger engine, Volkswagen has impressively succeeded in pushing ahead with the logical further development of its own FSI technology to achieve even more driving pleasure and efficiency. The combination of exhaust turbocharging with an automatically switched, high-speed mechanical compressor develops the same torque as a high volume naturally aspirated engine at the same time as achieving lower consumption values.

In particular, the high level of torque developed at low engine speeds means that drivers can delay shifting gear for longer. This means customers are going to be even more excited about turbocharged SI engines – particularly since the average consumption is only 7.2 l/100 km (39.2 mpg). In addition, the design of the exhaust system helps to keep consumption as low as possible when driving at speed on the motorway.

However, driving pleasure is increased even more whilst retaining the low consumption values: From spring 2006, namely, the “Twincharger” can be combined with the fascinating DSG direct shift gearbox.

It is a successful synthesis between driving pleasure and economical responsibility. The compact power unit develops 125 kW / 170 PS and a maximum torque of 240 newton metres in the range between 1750 and 4500 rpm. With this engine, the Golf GT has a top speed of 220 km/h (136 mph) and reaches the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark in only 7.9 seconds. Its considerable torque makes the engine feel like a high-volume naturally aspirated engine, while the possibility of driving with fewer gearshifts keeps the overall fuel consumption down to a frugal 7.2 l/100 km (39.2 mpg). And, it goes without saying, there is plenty of power in reserve for overtaking on country roads.

Another performance variant of this innovative Twincharger engine with 103 kW / 138 PS (maximum torque 220 newton metres) will be available from early 2006, initially in the Touran compact MPV, and after that the Golf will also be available with this engine.

The new compact FSI with twin-turbocharging will first be used in the sporty Golf GT. This variant is positioned between the Golf Sportline and the Golf GTI. Its exterior is differentiated by an individual front section with a V-shaped grill in the body colour as well as special alloy wheels. Special sports seats and a three-spoke sports steering wheel lend additional appeal to the interior. Another power unit for the Golf GT will be available from the end of 2005 also: the powerful 125 kW / 170 PS 2.0 TDI. This four-valve TDI engine with piezoelectric pump/nozzle injection elements and a diesel particulate filter as standard gives the Golf GT extremely sporty performance with a torque of 350 newton metres, combined with attractive consumption values.

Text and photos courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen Golf GT TDI

Press Release from VW  March 2006

vw_gt_tdi_01New Golf GT is being launched with two equally powerful engines: either the innovative 1.4 I TSI or the 2.0 l TDI with diesel particulate filter as standard, each with 125 kW.The 1.4 I TSI engine is a world first. The FSI engine is dual-charged through a combination of an exhaust gas turbocharger and a mechanical compressor (twincharger). This gives it the peak power of a 2.3 l engine, but with 20 percent lower fuel consumption at only 7.2 l per 100 km.

The compressor and turbocharger are connected in series. At low speeds the compressor provides the extra air necessary while the turbocharger cuts in at a higher torque. At higher rev speeds the compressor is no longer necessary and switches itself off automatically. This smooth transmission allows for lazy gear changes yet the performance of the car is still sporty, so that one can overtake other vehicles with ease, even at higher speeds.

In addition the GT is also offered with the 2.0 TDI-engine with newly developed piezo unit injectors. The high injection pressure of the four valve engine provides a superior road performance up to 220 km/h, low fuel consumption and particularly smooth running.

Like the Golf GTI the Golf GT also has a striking exterior. It is distinguished by a V shaped grill at the front in the vehicle colour, 17 inch light alloy wheels, visible twin tail pipes and GT lettering at the front and rear. The sporty appearance continues with the interior, with a three spoke leather steering wheel and special sports seats with a unique design.

The GT is the link between the Golf Sportline and the GTI, the price is also positioned between that of those two models. The basic model comes with a 1.4 I TSI engine as standard at € 22,500. The 2.0 l TDI is available from € 24,950 with a manual gearbox and from € 26,600 with a direct shift gearbox. The combination of the two innovative technologies from Volkswagen, TSI and double clutch gearbox DSG will be introduced to the market in May.

Text and photos courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Golf hatch light upgrade to twin LED modules

The standard lighting in the hatch of the MarkV Golf leaves a lot to be desired, the easiest way to upgrade this is the use of LED modules. The drop in replacement units that replace the standard globe are not going to push out much more in the way of light because of the design of the fitting so I choose to use 2 flat directional 28 LED modules. Installation takes around 60 minutes.

The standard lighting is shown in the photo to the right.

After unpacking the new LED light kit you will have a set of adapters for replacing the standard light, foam to stick the LED light kit to a surface and the LED unit itself.

This unit has 28 LED’s in a 4 x 7 layout. (edit I’ve just replaced the units with a 48 LED unit – see details and photo below – the photos still show the 28 LED module)

The standard globe is around 39mm which is longer then the longest adapter. There are a few options here. You can cut the wiring harness and join the wires on, solder wires to the light fitting or my recommended way is to extend the longest adapter. This is a simple process that involves you carefully using pliers or slip joint  pliers to loosen the ends, once one end comes off mix up some epoxy resin and fill the end and part of the tube and push it back together until you end up with the adapter being the same lenghth as shown in the photo below. The 48 LED module comes with a spring loaded adapter so this isn’t required however I would place some shrink wrap over the outside to minimise any risk of the spring moving and causing a short as this will blow the interior light fuse.

Clip the adapter into the light fitting and fit the light as shown, the double sided tape included is sufficient to hold the module in position but as there is little surface area for it to stick it you need to wipe down the area with a suitable cleaner. You could use a cable tie to ensure it stays in place as you can see in the photo to the left but I found this isn’t required, this can all be done without removing any trim. You can see a wire attached to the harness in this photo which is the power to the other side and also at the right hand edge you can see where the wire passes down from the top behind the trim and down into the trim that runs down beside the hatch opening.

The photo on the right shows the hatch with one of the new LED modules installed, the light is an improvment but there is still a shadow cast by the wheel arch.

To run the cable around to the other side I tucked it in around the trim, you can see the wire sticking out from a few places to give you an idea of how to run it. The left hand side LED module is fitted the same way as the first, get the wire hanging out of the correct location and then fit the module and stick it into position.

That’s it, the install is now finished, all the wires can be tucked away and you should have a result that looks like this (the new 48 LED modules are even brighter and have a slightly warmer colour).

The 48 LED modules are USD $8.28 delivered anywhere in the world from Dealexteme, the new .  The light is also projected out to the ground behind the car providing extra illumination. These LED modules draw ~3.4w (275ma @ 12.45v) each so combined they draw ~6.8w which is ~1.8w more then the single incandescent globe did earlier.

New 48 LED Module

The 28 LED modules are USD $10.84 delivered anywhere in the world from Dealexteme however I ended up with dry joints on both of these in a number of locations, some where from new and some developed soon afterwards so I don’t recommend these any more.

It might be worthwhile fitting a resister when the lights are installed if the lights are operated with the engine running but as I only use my hatch with the car switched off most of the time I didn’t worry about this.