“A powerful driving machine,” was all Mr Ernie Khoo had to say when I asked him to describe the new Volkswagen Golf. Not impressed? Neither was I.

The Product Trainer then confidently invited me to check out the Golf GTI – his personal favourite of the Golf range. Having personally driven the Passat before, I was no stranger to the brand’s commitment of having the user in mind when designing the car. Now, sitting in the driver’s seat of the GTI, the Active Info Display – the first Volkswagen hatchback to offer it – and the Discover Pro infotainment system – now larger, and operational by gesture control – no doubt the Golf is no exception to the user-friendly tradition.

It’s impressive how intuitive and user-friendly the infotainment display was, despite it being the first time I was trying it. The home screen can also be configured based on your own preferences, which is a huge plus in my book.

The interior of the Golf GTI

Coupled with its safety and accessibility features, it’s no wonder that Volkswagen is so proud of their latest creation. The Golf has achieved the full five-star rating in the Euro NCAP safety tests, but that’s not satisfactory enough for the brand. In fact, the Golf features a proactive occupant protection system, amidst Electronic Stability Control and a network of seven airbags. I know, we may not even see these features come to play, but that’s a good sign, isn’t it? At least we can drive with a peace of mind knowing the cars has our backs.

Also, with blind spot sensors that warn you of traffic from beside and behind, along with a parking assistance system to help you maneuver in and out of tight parking spaces, you can’t ask for more.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Despite the numerous improvements to the cockpit, it’s the exterior that caught my heart. With the slimmer LED headlights and sweeping indicators which move in the direction the driver is going to turn, stood out most amongst the other changes to the Golf’s appearance. Cliché as it sounds, heads are guaranteed to be turned as you drive past them, even those of owners of previous models of the Golf. With its new facelift, the new Golf is no doubt distinguishable as the leader of the pack.

As the launch event came to a close, my only regret was that I left in an Uber without bringing the new Golf out for a drive. Well, not yet at least.

Currently, the Golf GTI can be yours for $175,900 with COE.

Find out more at vw.com.sg

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