VW Golf gets seven-speed semi-auto

24 December 2007

  • New seven-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox
  • To be sold alongside existing six-speed version
  • Initially available with 1.4-litre TSI engine

The VW Golf will soon be available with a seven-speed direct-shift gearbox

Volkwagen is to launch a seven-speed version of the DSG twin-clutch gearbox in the Golf hatch.

The new gearbox is lighter and more compact than the existing six-speed DSG gearbox, already used in many models across the Volkswagen Group. The extra gear also allows smaller gaps between gear ratios, which Volkswagen says improves acceleration and economy.

From its launch in February, the new gearbox will be matched to the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine.

Compared with the six-speed manual gearbox, carbon dioxide emissions drop 10g/km to just 139g/km. Fuel economy on the combined cycle improves by 3.1mpg, to 47.9mpg.

Like the six-speed version, which will continue to be sold, the seven-speed DSG uses two clutches, in effect creating two gearboxes in one.

This means the next gear is already selected, waiting for the clutch to engage, leading to quick and smooth gearchanges.

The driver can change gear or the gearbox can be left to its own devices, much like a conventional automatic.

Prices for the 1.4-litre TSI 5dr with seven-speed DSG will start from £15,982, a premium of £1330 over the manual.

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