New 2013 VW Golf Mk7 pictures
This seventh-generation version of Volkswagen’s big-selling model is lighter and more practical than the current car, and is available with lots of new high-tech kit.
From the outside it's business as usual, however, with a look that owes much to the models that went before it. The overall design is similar to the current (Mk6) Golf, while the treatment of the rear pillar echoes that of the Mk4 and Mk5 models.
The proportions have changed slightly, with a longer, lower body. Inside, the dashboard design is as straightforward as ever, but extra metallic trim and a new touch-screen system give a more modern look.
We'll have more coverage of the VW Golf from the 2012 Paris motor show later this month, and a full review of the new model early next month.
2013 Volkswagen Golf picture gallery
Lower and wider than the current Golf; based on the same platform as the latest Audi A3 and 2013 Seat Leon
2013 Volkswagen Golf is up to 100kg lighter than the current car, depending on model
Interior design is simple; centre console wraps towards the driver
CO2 emissions have been reduced by an average of 13.9% across the range; Bluemotion model emits 85g/km
On sale from October; first deliveries in January 2013. Three-door models will arrive at the same time
A new ‘Progressive Steering’ system that changes the steering ratio aims to boost low-speed manoeuvrability
By Leo Wilkinson