The seventh-generation Golf had its début in late 2012 at the Paris Motor Show. The Golf VII, Typ 5G uses the new MQB platform, shared with the third-generation Audi A3, SEAT León and Škoda Octavia. It is slightly larger than the Mk6 while managing to be approximately 100 kg lighter, depending on engine choice. The GTI will offer a 162 kW (217 hp) turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder with an available performance pack to raise the output to 227 bhp. The Golf R now has a 221 kW (296 hp) turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder with 4-Motion 4WD
The Golf line is available in all the relevant drive systems: the Golf TSI, including GTI, is petrol-powered; Golf TDI, including GTD, is diesel-powered; the Golf TGI is powered by compressed natural gas (CNG); the e-Golf is powered by electricity; and the Golf GTE is a plug-in hybrid. The use of a modular transverse matrix assembly kit enables the manufacturing of Golf models with gasoline, diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid drives from bumper to bumper at Volkswagen factories.