Volkswagen: The rivals. With all might against the new Golf VII

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The rivals. With all might against the new Golf VII

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The new Mercedes A-Class has a two-month lead. It was already on the market in September. To the sales figures…

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…of the Golf VII, it will not come close. 40,000 pre-orders have already been received for the VW.

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Ford is trying to counter this with the Focus and is offering it for the first time as a fuel-saving variant with a three-cylinder engine. The top model is the Focus ST with 250 hp.

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The BMW 1 Series has been on the market in this model type since 2011.

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Also in stores from September: the Volvo V40, whose base price at 24,680 euros is quite impressive, however.

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The Opel Astra is a promising Golf competitor. It was revised at the start of the VW classic.

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A fresh Frenchman is the Peugeot 308.

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The Kia Cee’d received consistently good reviews.

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The sale of the VW bestseller begins. 40,000 pre-orders have been received. But there are also alternatives in the compact class. Opel, Ford and Kia want to take on the top dog.

JThe time has finally come. The dealers are allowed to pull the wipes off the new Golf VII and show the new generation of the compact at the unchanged basic price of 16,975 euros. According to VW, there are already over 40,000 pre-orders.

With this model, the group has achieved something that is not found in any other vehicle segment: The compact hatchback class between four and four and a half meters in length is commonly referred to as the Golf class after the Wolfsburg model.

The only thing left for the competition is the role of the pursuer, who has to work hard to offer buyers an alternative to the top dog. That can only please the customers. Because in no other vehicle segment is the choice as great as in the compact class.

Octavia also comes from the VW group

Even those who actually want the new Golf can think about alternatives. Because as early as the summer, Seat presented the new Leon, which is based on the same platform as the new Golf generation. Otherwise, both are technically very similar, with the Spanish model starting at 15,590 euros. If you want a new car from the Volkswagen Group, but can live with a model that has been built for a few years, you can also consider a Skoda Octavia.

It shares the basic layout with the predecessor of the Golf that is now being presented, with prices starting at 15,690 euros. In addition, Skoda’s new compact sedan Rapid is pushing its way onto the market, smaller than the Octavia, but only around 14,000 euros expensive.

Traditionally, the two most important competitors for golf come from Cologne and Russelsheim. At Opel, they worked hard at the start of the Wolfsburg to provide arguments for the recently face-lifted Astra. The Hessen model now boasts more chrome, there are assistants such as collision warning systems or improved traffic sign recognition and a powerful diesel with 195 hp.

Astra is cheaper, Focus on a golf level

And, not a bad argument: the basic price of the Astra is below the Golf, the offer starts at 14,990 euros. Ford has also increased the focus this year: petrol savers are now tempted with a three-cylinder with 100 or 125 hp, high-speed drivers will be happy about the ST variant with 250 hp. In terms of price, Ford is on a par with the Golf: it costs 16,950 euros to get started.

But not only the German manufacturers provide alternatives to the Golf. From France, for example, there are Peugeot 308, Citroën C4 and Renault Megane, at prices of 17,200, 16,190 and 15,990 euros. And Toyota presented the brand new Auris generation at the Paris Motor Show. The Japanese rival is due to hit the market in January 2013, at prices that, adjusted for equipment, are around the same as the Golf.

Much praise for the Ceed

What the diesel is for VW, however, the hybrid is for Toyota: Right from the start, the Auris will be available with this economical drive, at just under 23,000 euros even cheaper than the cheapest diesel in the Auris.

Mazda’s beacon of hope in the segment is the new edition of the Mazda3, which will also be launched in the coming year. Honda is building on the Civic, which was presented last year and is available from 16,950 euros. And the Koreans Kia and Hyundai have received a lot of praise for their sister models Cee’d and i30.

In addition to the lively design, the two siblings scored points with their reliability and crisp chassis. The two models are available for 14,490 and 15,990 euros respectively. And above all, another Korean competitor with an American brand name sees himself as a competitor to the Astra: The Chevrolet Cruze shares the platform with the Opel. You have to invest at least 14,990 euros for it.

Premium can also be compact

One of the key success factors of the Golf was and is that VW has succeeded in creating a car that flexibly adapts to the status of its owner. One does not necessarily drive golf because one cannot afford a larger vehicle, but rather because it meets the demands placed on it. This now applies to the entire vehicle class: “The compact class is one of the fastest growing segments worldwide,” says Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche, summarizing the forecasts for the next few years.

This is not least due to the fact that cities are becoming increasingly crowded and crowded and that even compact cars now offer engine performance, chassis and comfort features that leave little to be desired. For some time now, premium manufacturers have also been pushing massively into the compact class, and here too there are offers in abundance.

Mercedes recently changed the image of the A-Class. While the first two generations of the car were still quite ordinary vehicles with a high roof, the new one has become a coupe-like compact sports car. Entry into the smallest car with a star in the radiator grille costs just under 24,000 euros. In the first quarter of 2013, the AMG version of the A-Class is expected, which should bring around 350 hp on the road. The M version of BMW’s 1 Series, which has recently also been available as a three-door model, is on the road in similar dimensions.

Lancia Delta for individualists

Prices start at 21,900 euros – but then the 1 Series only delivers 102 hp. But the Volkswagen Group also has Premium on offer: In the summer, the new Audi A3 was the first car based on the platform on which the Golf and Seat Leon are also built. However, the Ingolstadt variant delivers a little more of everything than its group siblings, and scores points with the first full-LED headlights in the compact class. You have to invest at least 22,500 euros for the Audi.

Even so, the list of golf competitors is far from complete. Individualists can think about a Lancia Delta, which is available for 21,350 euros. Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta scores with a price of 18,950 euros.

Volvo presented the compact V40 this year and would like to have at least 24,680 euros for the car. Peugeot has the 308 in its range, and Citroën offers the DS4, an upgraded brother of the Golf competitor C4, at an entry-level price of 20,950 euros. And the Lexus CT 200h offers hybrid technology, but also at a proud price of 29,200 euros. Lots of choice, from cheap to luxury – if you buy a new generation Golf, you do it because you want it. Not because there are no alternatives.

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