The new Golf offers some other advanced technologies in Europe that help burnish its high-class Audi-like feel, such as an electronically adaptive suspension that offers Comfort and Sport modes, complete with Individual setting that lets you select the steering ratio from one mode with the suspension or transmission setting of another. An electronic ‘locking’ differential up front brakes the spinning inside front wheel is standard – currently marketed as XDS in the current GTI – sending more power to the outside wheel and reducing understeer, while adaptive cruise is also available.

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2014 Volkswagen Golf. Click image to enlarge

However, a VW Canada rep said such advanced technology is unlikely to come to North America, without specifying which of these technologies wouldn’t make the trip over. Sounds like the adaptive cruise and electronic suspension will likely be saved for the upcoming Audi A3 sedan, which shares the Golf’s new “modular transverse matrix” (MTM) architecture, or MQB, to use its German acronym.

These are just some of the many questions VW fans will have about the new Golf before it arrives in 2014 on these shores. As it appears now, the next generation Golf will travel down the same road of a refined, premium hatchback experience; but how refined and upgraded it will be – and critically, at what price – is a question still to be answered fully.

Highs:

  1. Very refined, sophisticated
  2. Diesel engine—smooth, powerful and efficient
  3. More fuel efficient
  4. Lots of advanced technology

Lows:

  1. Looks identical to previous gen
  2. North American version not as high-tech
  3. Premium compact hatchback pricing
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