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09 Jul 2018

Facelift (What's New)
Active Info-Display and 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system
Panoramic sunroof
Blind Spot Sensor with Rear Traffic Alert
LED headlamps and tail lamps with dynamic turn signals

The Volkswagen Golf 1.4 Highline combines familiar dynamic behaviour with a premium and modern interior.

When the new 'Mk 7.5' Golf was launched early this year, there were three variants available - the 1.0 TSI, the GTI and the Golf R. Now, another variant has been added to the lineup - this Golf 1.4 Highline.

What's this, another Golf?

Indeed, though you should know that this isn't the newest engine variant available. That would be the new 1.5-litre engine. This 1.4-litre unit is actually carried over from the Mk 7 Golf.

The 1.4-litre engine delivers 123bhp and 200Nm in a smooth and refined manner

It's not overly powerful, producing 123bhp and 200Nm of torque, but power comes in a smooth fashion, and it makes for rather effortless driving. It's also notably more quiet and refined than the three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine.

As far as the car's dynamic behaviour is concerned, it's the Golf we know and love. Planted ride, sharp steering, good agility in corners, excellent ride composure, those qualities are all present.

The 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system uses a tile-based interface to display various information

How's the interior like?

In Highline trim, the Golf feels much more premium compared to the 1.0-litre variant. In fact, the interior is effectively the same as the GTI and the Golf R, at least visually (badging and model-specific trimming aside, of course).

You get the Active Info Display, the 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system with gesture control, a panoramic sunroof, all the goodies that make up this new generation interior. The only notable differences you might spot is that the 1.4 Highline doesn't have the 'Park Assist' and 'ESC off' buttons.

As with all VWs, the interior is a very intuitive and familiar place to be in. Operating the various car functions is simple and straightforward, with most functions just one button press away. And of course, it's comfortable and reasonably spacious as well.
There's also additional safety systems available, including the Blind Spot Sensor with Rear Traffic Alert and the proactive occupant protection system. 

The Active Info Display is a fully customisable digital dashboard

So which Golf should I buy?

That depends on what you want. If you just want the cheapest one available, that would be the 1.0 TSI, which is now selling for a rather remarkable $89,900 (as of 6 July 2018). If it's sheer power and performance you are looking for, you're going to have to fork out siginificantly more for the GTI or the R.

The Golf 1.4 Highline combines the familiar dynamic excellence of the Golf with a premium and modern cabin

This 1.4 Highline variant slots somewhere in between (obviously). It's now retailing at $122,400 (as of 6 July), and while that's not the cheapest choice in the hatchback segment right now (especially since the drop in COE Cat A premiums has driven car prices down), this car is probably one of the best-equipped models available in its price point, and certainly the most premium-feeling one right now.

As far as affordable creature comforts go, this Golf is the one to have.

Want a better look of the premium cabin? Why not watch our video review of the car here!

Also read our comparison article on:
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Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder 16-valve TSI Turbocharged

Engine Cap





92kW (123 bhp) / 6000 rpm



200 Nm / 4000 rpm



7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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