The Volkswagen Golf is without doubt one of the success tales from Wolfsburg Metropolis in Germany.
Punchy, elegant and reliable are all adjectives that describe the compact automobile from Decrease Saxony state in northwestern Germany.
Since 1974 (forty-eight years in the past), the automobile has been in manufacturing.
In Kenya, its buying and selling identify is the Golf. In america it is called Volkswagen Rabbit and in Mexico it’s marketed as Volkswagen Caribe.
The automobile is in its eighth era now, with the primary being known as the MK1, and the eighth generally known as MK8.
Universally, the MK is an abbreviation for “Mark” which implies a era of a mannequin or revision quantity. Every era represents a design, and the next MK quantity represents a brand new era of that automobile.
The MK1 was first produced in 1974; the MK2 in 1983; the MK3 in 1991; the MK4 in 1997; the MK5 in 2003; the MK6 in 2008; the MK7 in 2012 and the present era, the MK8, in 2019.
In Kenya, the automobile that’s being bought on the bazaars presently, is the MK7 that was in manufacturing between 2012 and 2019. The seven-year import coverage on autos makes the 2015 Volkswagen Golf the most typical amongst automobile sellers throughout Kenya.
A 2015 model of the automobile may value you between Sh1.4 million and Sh1.8 million relying on mileage, options and nation of import.
The 2015 Golf is available in two engine sizes – 1,400cc petrol engine or the 1,800cc turbo engine. Nevertheless, there’s a uncommon diesel engine model of the automobile (2,000cc) that produces 150 horsepower and 236 pound-foot of torque.
The 1,400cc Golf produces 125 horsepower, accelerating from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 10 seconds, whereas the 1,800cc turbocharged Golf produces 170 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 8.1 seconds.
The petrol model is called the TSI (Turbocharged Stratified Injection) engine, whereas the diesel equal is called the TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) engine. Most diesel variations include handbook transmission, whereas the petrol variations include automated transmission.
A lot of the Golf automobiles are two-wheel drive, with the uncommon R version, generally known as the R Line, driving on all of the 4 wheels.
Volkswagen R is the model utilized by Volkswagen to point a sport or excessive efficiency mannequin. An “R” badge is positioned on the grille, entrance fenders and trunk of R-model autos to point the automobile’s trim degree.
The VW Golf comes with a 45-litre gasoline tank. That will imply that on the present petrol worth of Sh150.12 in Nairobi, it will value you Sh6,755 to fill it. The diesel equal would set you again Sh5,895 to fill it on the present worth (Sh131.0 for a litre of diesel).
On good driving in city centres, the 1,400cc Golf may offer you some 10 kilometres per litre. That determine improves to 12 kilometres per litre on freeway driving.
On full tank, the automobile may take you some 500 kilometres earlier than a must refuel.
The Golf has a 380-litre boot area with the seats up and 1,237 litres with them down. In its vary, it’s extra spacious in comparison with its rivals such because the Mini Cooper that has a boot area of 211 litres. Nevertheless, it has the identical boot dimension as its rival within the BMW line, the 116i.
On security and stability, the Golf enjoys a five-star ranking, that means its reliability on the 2 areas is almost-perfect. The total 5 stars have been awarded in 2012, partly because of the curtain and driver’s knee airbags and stability management, that are all normal. Plus, there are programs in place that mechanically brake for you if it senses a low-speed collision to cease you getting too near the automobile in entrance.
Francis Wahome, a 36-year-old Nairobi resident, owns a 2013 VW Golf.
“The automobile feels sporty and classy. Its daytime operating lights and headlights design are engaging,” he mentioned.
With a high pace of 260 kilometres per hour, the five-door compact automobile affords extra figures on the speedometer for the thrill-lovers.
With its kerb weight of 1,438 kilogrammes (weight whereas empty), the Golf is a strong and secure automobile, even when pushed at excessive pace. It could possibly carry cargo, together with human beings, totalling 580 kilogrammes.
One of many greatest undoing of the VW Golf, is its floor clearance – 5.1 inches. It’s too low, forcing one to attempt onerous to manoeuvre whereas going over pace bumps.
“I reside in Syokimau. And you realize the quantity of street development that has been going down due to the Nairobi Expressway. My automobile being too low, typically leaves me with a dented entrance bumper and a bruised undercarriage,” mentioned Francis Wahome, a Golf proprietor.
“My insurer warned me towards adjusting its floor clearance, saying ought to an accident happen, they received’t course of my declare,” he mentioned.
Pascal Ohito, a mechanic on Mombasa Highway, advised The Commonplace that the Golf is an effective automobile usually.
“Its drawback is on the price of spare components. If you happen to can afford a automobile, however don’t have a surplus disposable earnings, then the Golf shouldn’t be a automobile you need to contemplate shopping for,” mentioned Ohito.
Dickson Musungu, a automobile electrician in South B, Nairobi, says most Golf house owners report malfunctioning of the facility window.
“The Golf’s energy window controller typically fails with time as a result of outdated age, however principally because of publicity to water; both on the automobile wash or rain droplets,” mentioned Musungu.
The automobile electrician additional mentioned that the automobile’s cooling system additionally fails repeatedly.
Different issues that the Golf is susceptible to incorporate larger than regular gasoline consumption, rattling sound from the engine, thermal breakdown, stiff gear modifications, suspension points as a result of issues with the anti-roll bar bushes, door leaks, sizzling ABS unit, unresponsive brakes, grinding from the rear, battle to shift to the fifth gear and engine misfiring.
The VW Golf additionally has a infamous situation with its camshaft-driven high-pressure gasoline pump inflicting the rattling sound from the engine. One ought to exchange theirs after each 32,000 kilometres, even when no rattling sound is heard.