Everyone knows engines are getting smaller. “Downsizing” – when a manufacturer replaces a big, naturally-aspirated engine with a small, often more highly-strung turbocharged one – is everywhere, and it’s resulted in some pretty big cars being fitted with tiny powerplants.
Take the VW Golf. Not a massive car by any stretch, but still not that long ago a car of this size would’ve come with a 1.6-litre or 1.8-litre engine. But nowadays family hatchbacks with 1.0-litre engines are…normal. And actually quite good.
Which is why it’s excellent news VW has stuck its little 1.0-litre petrol motor in the new Golf. Initially only available with a 6spd manual (a DSG 1.0-litre with mild-hybrid tech is coming soon), the 1.0-litre Golf manages 0-100km/h in 10.2secs1 and will do 202km/h. VW claims up to 5.3l/100km and 121g/km of CO2, which isn’t bad at all.
STORY Tom Harrison