Volkswagen Golf on ice

I can’t think of any other car that can do that. Urm… no. There isn’t. Is it coming to India? No, and yes. No, because the Golf has evolved way too far to be an under-`10 lakh hatch. And we Indians don’t take kindly to hatches that cost seven figures. And yes, because we already have the Audi TT, Skoda Laura, VW Jetta… cars that are very nearly the Golf underneath. So every time this humble one-car-for-all-purposes continues cutting more cakes and blowing more candles, you are part of the party too.

The numbers
Engine: 1968cc 4-cyl turbo-diesel
Power: 148bhp at 3500rpm
Torque: 320Nm at 1750-3000rpm
Transmission: 6M, AWD
0-100kph: 8.6secs (claimed)
Top speed:  211kph (claimed)
Weight: 1449kg
Boot Capacity: 380 litres (min) 1270 litres (max)
Price: Rs 12 lakh (approx, not expected in India)

The verdict
This is all the car you will ever need. While it’s never coming to India, all its platforms will

(Words: Sriram Narayanan)