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Is the 1.6 TDI VW Golf worse on the road?

Hi,

Have you driven the VW Golf mk7 1.6 TDI yet? Is the semi-independent torsion beam set up going to be less composed under normal driving conditions (including poor roads) compared to the multi-link set up on higher powered versions?

Thanks

Shane.D

Filed under comfort - Asked by Shane Drew (Balbriggan / Dublin) - Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:14


Neil Briscoe Answered by: Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor - @neilmbriscoe

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Hi Shane,

 

Well, obviously a plain old torsion bar suspension is never going to be as sophisticated nor as well-controlled as a proper multi-link rear setup, but for all that the basic versions of the Golf seem to drive just fine. The ride quality will be noticeably more firm, but the 1.6 TDI doesn’t have the power nor grunt to seriously upset things, so under most driving conditions the difference is pretty minimal. You’d only notice it if you’re thrashing the car on a seriously bad road.

 

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