Fortunately, it was the right German Volkswagen Golf car, more precisely, the Plus, in which everything is where it should be and where you find any button blindfolded - the creative finds of ergonomic columbuses so common on other cars, me that night would have finished.
And so - he sat down and rode, as if for the hundredth time, and not the first time you see a car. To the best of hard, profiled chairs with many adjustments and two air bags in the back, a short lever for a clear gearbox, intelligible devices, extremely clear dual-zone climate control, soft expensive plastic panels - everything suits me here!
Ugh, you jinxed it - hit your foot hard on the hard steering column cover! Rubbing my knee, spinning around in an armchair, evaluating the fit: what a good compromise, with all its “minivan” verticality, you don’t feel like on a stool. And you can sit behind, cross-legged. Although the central tunnel could be smaller.
However, interest in the car is mainly caused by the FSI series two-liter gasoline engine with direct fuel injection into the cylinders - the most powerful of those that will be delivered to Russia; during the “plus” presentation (ЗР, 2005, No. 4), it was not possible to get to know him. We must pay tribute, the engine is good, one and a half hundred horses playfully carry the rather heavy Golf Plus. With a slip to jerk from a traffic light? Easy! Up to a hundred - only 9.2 seconds.
Indulging a lazy driver, accelerate in the "first-third-fifth" mode? Drive around town in IV gear, with virtually no gear changes? And this is possible thanks to the excellent elasticity of the motor and a torque of 200 N.m. Keep on the autobahn 150 km / h? No question at all! In the cabin, silence, under the pedal is a good supply, which, if necessary, allows you to take a long ascent or dynamically accelerate even in VI gear without loss of speed. But at high speed you need to be careful, the Golf Plus is quite high and sensitive to gusts of crosswind.
However, the dense suspension and balanced steering, the electric power of which increases the reactive action with increasing speed, simplify the task - the car always remains obedient and not too sharp in reviews. But a slight corrugation on the rim of the steering wheel does not hurt. Another drawback appeared in the evening - the edge of the repeater of the direction indicator on small exterior mirrors is in the driver's field of vision and dazzles in the dark. Well, maybe about the "blinds", especially in a city where there are a lot of lights, I turned down, but on a dark highway this illumination is clearly superfluous.
The vibrant and dynamic nature of the two-liter Volkswagen made it easy to unwind four hundred night kilometers in one breath. And in the future, the speedometer needle looked more and more to the right - this engine starts, oh, it starts! Maybe that's why gas mileage was not so modest - 10.1 l / 100 km. Although the factory specifications promise only 6.6 liters on the highway - but if you do not “pedal” it, keep it in an economical mode. Okay, there’s still time to clarify - after all, in the fall, the car will be sold in Russia. Not to say that it’s cheap - from 22 thousand dollars, but “Plus” is worth it.
Volkswagen Golf Plus
The five-seat compact van on the Golf platform debuted at the end of 2004. In September, deliveries to Russia are expected to begin.
Engines: gasoline 1.4–2.0 liters (75–150 hp), turbodiesels 1.9–2.0 liters (105–140 hp).
Transmissions: 5- and 6-speed manual, two versions of 6-speed “automatic machines”.
Options: Trendline, Comfortline, Sportline.
Price in Russia: from $ 22, 000.
Test car: 2.0 L FSI, 150 L p., mechanical 6-speed gearbox, Comfortline equipment, $ 24, 000 (price for Russia).
Have you already got children, a dog and a summer house, but have not yet lost youthful enthusiasm? The two-liter Golf Plus is for you. This practical trailer can be fast.