Whether if you're a fan or not, you can't help but agree with the fact that Walter da Silva is one clever individual. We don't know if it's a new automotive urban myth or not, but more than one voice has said that he sent the first final sketches of the new Golf back to the drawing board to be completely redesigned.
Whatever the look he managed to keep away from the final product was, the new Volkswagen Golf is probably the best looking one since the first Giugiaro-penned generation. With styling cues from the Mark I cleverly combined with others from the Mark IV, this "five-and-a-half" Golf looks great. Sure, there are no "Ninja-cuts" a la Honda Civic, no coupe-look a la Renault Megane, but its pure teutonic design manages to both bring back memories and create others.
The front is much more aggressive than on the Golf V, on which it is based, with angrier headlights and a retro-looking grill. The side profile on the other hand is almost identical, and we could even swear that the doors of a Mark V would fit perfectly on this "latest" generation. The "S-shaped" line between the rear door and the wide C-Pillar was also carried on but it somehow looks more retro now. The design of the rear looks very different than on the "previous" generation though, the slimmer tail lights making the car appear lower and wider. On the whole, the chunkiness of the Mark V is all gone and replaced by a more retro, more "German" and also sportier look.
Our test car isn't exactly the best example of how a good-looking Golf VI should appear in photos, since it was equipped with steel/iron rims covered in black paint and a girly, non metallic red color. On the good side, since the TDI badge on the rear was shaved and the exhaust had two straight exit points, some over-enthusiastic fan might have even mistaken our car for a "sleeper" Golf, a thought at which we were kind of amused. The only pretty bit about the wheels were the Giugiaro-designed tires, whose designated purpose we still fail to comprehend. Another element on the "fail" list would also be the door handles, which lack entries for the keys. What would happen if you're somewhere away from your back-up key and you run out of batteries for your transponder key? Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Oh sweet... ahem... Jesus! Is this the latest product to come out of the city of... ahem... strength through joy car? It's red too. And those wheels look like they were taken straight out of a... ahem... original Beetle. Oh, this is the latest Volkswagen Golf? Why would you paint it red, it's not a... ahem... Italian sports car or anything.
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