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Army November 25, 2010
By Bob Dikkenberg
Welcome wagon: VW has finally released the
Golf wagon in Australia. Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
with a wagon
Say again, over
If you can think of a clever, witty caption for the picture left,
email firstname.lastname@example.org with "caption
competition November 25" in the subject line. Keep entries
under 25 words. Entries MUST include sender's name, rank
"I've always said
the Army was full of
Capt Paul Jacobsen
ADF Dental School
11 winner is ...
2010-2011 Volkswagen Golf 118TSI
Engine: 1.4l Twincharger petrol engine producing
118kW power and 240Nm of torque.
RRP of vehicle tested before on roads: $44,460.
CARS which begin as one body design and
spawn another with the same model name
are usually the result of the manufacturer
doing something right.
With VW's latest generation of the Golf they've
introduced a wagon to the Australian market for the
The model tested was an up-spec 118TSI
Comfortline with leather seats, panoramic glass sun-
roof and touch-screen navigation system.
The brilliant Park Assist function allows the car
to be parallel parked at the touch of a button with the
driver's hands off the wheel and only needing to be
watchful and control the brakes.
A 1.4l power plant under the bonnet gives the
impression driving will be an underpowered and inad-
equate experience. Only after you pull away from the
kerb do you realise the Golf wagon with this engine is
a sleeper, capable of keeping ahead of most of its traf-
fic peers with ease.
The engine has a supercharger, which is called into
play at low revs and a turbocharger to take care of
power delivery at higher revs.
The seven-speed DSG transmission delivers fast
and extremely smooth changes.
Occupants perch on comfortable but firm leather
seats and leg room in the back was adequate for medi-
um sized adults. If you are 1.8m plus, either hope the
front seat passengers are gravitationally challenged or
like to sit close to the dashboard.
What was a surprise was the rear luggage space. At
505l with the seat up and 1495l with the seat down is
a genuine attempt at creating a wagon and not just a
The standout interior feature, apart from the pano-
ramic glass roof, was the optional touch screen, col-
our, satellite navigation and entertainment system with
a 30GB hard drive. It had an excellent hi-res screen
and a DVD drive, which takes the pain out of any long
trip to an unfamiliar location.
The Golf wagon is a flexible alternative to a hatch-
back and sedan, giving owners increased luggage
space with high levels of comfort, cocooning them
in a good looking, safe, reliable, well designed and
equipped German automobile wagen.
-- Sgt Andrew Hetherington
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