The high-torque and simultaneously fuel-efficient direct injection, turbocharged four-cylinder engine works on the Miller combustion cycle. The highly compressed engine achieves appreciably increased effectiveness and thus significantly lower fuel consumption. For the Golf this is on average – depending on specification – between 5.0 and 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres, which equates to CO2 emissions of 116 to 110 g/km.
The four-cylinder engine simultaneously impresses with even quieter running and a level of pulling power even from low speeds that facilitates fuel-efficient driving in high gears. The maximum torque of 200 Newton metres is available from just 1,400 rpm and remains so across the entire engine speed range up to 4,000 rpm. The main contribution to this is made by the special architecture of the turbocharger, featuring variable turbine geometry (VTG). The Golf 1.5 TSI's top speed is 210 km/h.
For the first time, Volkswagen is offering a coasting function in the Golf, with which by using the 'eco-coasting' feature the engine is completely turned off. At speeds of up to 130 km/h, working in combination with a dual clutch gearbox, the engine completely cuts out whenever the driver lifts off the accelerator. The car then 'coasts'. A compact lithium-ion battery simultaneously supplies power to the electrical equipment, such as windscreen wipers, headlights and audio system.
When travelling within the engine speed range of 1,400 – 3,200 rpm, the Active Cylinder Management also imperceptibly completely switches off two of the four cylinders, depending on the load. In this way too, fuel consumption and emissions are significantly reduced.
The 1.5 TSI delivering 96 KW/130 PS can now be ordered both for the Golf and Golf Variant in Comfortline and Highline specifications, plus in the special SOUND model version. Prices for the Golf start at €23,725 and for the Golf Variant at €25,775 in combination with the six-speed manual gearbox. With the seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), the price list starts at €25,725 for the Golf and €27,775 for the Golf Variant.