Volkswagen has carved a niche for itself in the Indian automobile sector with a string of cars perfect for every segment. Recently, Golf model by Volkswagen was spotted in Bangalore in India. Though, the company has no plans whatsoever regarding launch of this model in the country, it is believed that for internal evaluation and testing, this car is being used by a manufacturer of components. It may also be used by another player in the market for components benchmarking. It was quite surprising to spot this car in India.
Golf by Volkswagen is hatchback option. Potential Indian customers may feel this car to be a pricey hatchback option. Positioning of this car in the Indian automobile sector is also slightly dicey. The only option with the company is to position this car amidst Vento and Jetta. SUVs and crossovers are currently dominating this segment. Vento is cost effective and offers high efficiency whereas Jetta offers a luxurious feel. Its sturdy body gives strength to the car. Golf is 4.25 m in length but is not qualified for gaining excise benefits available to small cars in India. If the company tries to modify the car as per Indian conditions structurally, the expense would be close to millions of Euros. Thus, it is quite unlikely that the company will go to this length for launching the car in the Indian market.
MQB platform of Volkswagen is used in the Golf and the same platform is also used in Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia. Golf TSI BlueMotion is powered by 1.4 l petrol engine that is turbo charged. In 120 hp as well as 130 hp engines, this car is available. Golf prices at entry level are 17,175 Euros and 19,625 Euros is the starting price of Sportsvan. This car is quite in demand in Europe.