One of South Africa’s favourite SUVs has been refreshed for 2017.
The Active model gets new LED lights, alloy wheels, automatic headlights and a USB input for the rear seats. The Dynamic model benefits from new alloy wheels, electrically adjustable leather seats, a high-end sound system and a few luxury niceties like an electrically operate bootlid and a heads up display.
Engines include an entry-level 2.0l petrol four-cylinder, 2.5l petrol four and a 2.2l turbocharged four-cylinder diesel. The latter is only available with an automatic transmission
Pricing starts at R380 000 for the entry-level Active manual with front-wheel drive and goes up to R560 000 for the all-wheel drive diesel.
The smallest SUV in Mercedes’ line-up has undergone some minor cosmetic surgery.
It’s not easy to tell the difference, but Merc says it made some “targeted visual accentuation” to the interior and exterior. New equipment is also included as standard.
The range is extensive, with the base GLA200 and 200d models being the versions most people will opt for. The 220d and 250 4Matic models offer more power and features, but if it’s the ultimate you’re after, it’s going to have to be the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4Matic.
This model offers 280kW from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive to keep it on the road. We drove the pre-update model and it is a sensational little rocket. Completely worth the R856 700 asking price.
GLA 200 R485 400
GLA 250 4MATIC R654 700
Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC R856 700
GLA 200 d R513 000
GLA 220 d 4MATIC R592 500
The updated Volkswagen Golf is being launched in South Africa with a revised engine line up, more technology, new infotainment, improved connectivity and revised styling with the retail price starting at R289 900.
This new model features a host of technical innovations. For the first time in the compact class the new Discover Pro radio-navigation system can be operated via gesture control. Sporting a 9.2-inch touch screen, the optional system complements the Active Info Display.
Volkswagen say the new Golf creates a new benchmark for assistance systems in the compact class, employing technologies that will significantly improve safety. These include the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert as well as Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking System. Optionally available across the range, and ordered in conjunction with the swivelling towbar, Trailer Assist including Park Assist neatly demonstrates the new Golf’s practical yet technically advanced nature.
The system helps reverse a trailer or caravan with a weight of up to 1,800 kg into a parking bay or entrance from the street. To operate, the Golf driver simply engages reverse gear and activates the system via a push button. The driving angle and subsequent possible driving angles are displayed on the instrument cluster. All the driver then has to do is operate the accelerator pedal and brake, while the system automatically controls the direction of the car, using Park Assist to move the trailer backwards into the required position.
The bigs news on the engine front is the new 1.0 TSI engine with 81kW power output. The 999cc engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and has claimed combined fuel consumption of 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
The GTI’s famous turbocharged powerplant’s output has been increased to 169kW.
All Golfs also feature BlueMotion Technologies such as a stop-start system and a mode for storing braking energy (regenerative braking).
Design modifications include new bumpers front and rear, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights or full LED headlights – standard on GTI and optional in other derivatves – instead of xenon headlights; new front wings; and, as mentioned, new full LED rear lights as standard for all Golf versions.
New wheel designs and body colours complete the exterior update, while fresh trim panels and materials also upgrade the interior of the Golf.