A new look for a classic car

Locals may recognise Tim Crabtree from behind the wheel of Noosa’s iconic Woody, but today Tim has swapped the classic ride for the new VW Golf.

by @joleneogle on Friday, 08 Sep, 2017

Brewer and Part-owner Land and Sea Brewery Tim Crabtree takes the 2017 VW Golf 110TDI Highline for a spin.

As a brewer and part-owner of Noosa’s first brewery Land and Sea Brewery, today’s test drive was a dream come true. I’ve had a long relationship with cars. I’m a big fan of older cars and I recently sold the Noosa Woody to put my efforts into the brewery.

But, one of my all-time favourite cars is the Mark I Golf GTI from 1974. It was designed to replace the VW Beetle. It was the same concept; a small car for the people. The Mark I was the first time real performance was put into a small car. It was a pretty cool car so I’m excited to test drive the new Golf.

Forty-plus years in the making, it marks the next step in the evolution of the Golf with a striking new level of design and smart inclusions. It brings futuristic personalisation into the now and I love how the driver is able to set their preferred seating configuration, air-conditioning levels, radio station and safety assistance all to their individual key. Even when there are numerous drivers, your settings are remembered and adjusted accordingly, making for a highly-personalised driving experience.

At Land and Sea Brewery our ethos is all about creating beer you can enjoy after your perfect Noosa day - a sunburnt face, sand in your hair, watching the sun go down and smiling about how great your day was. That’s what our beer is about – and the new Golf is also all about the idyllic Noosa lifestyle with perfect proportions, clean lines and unmistakable European styling that will turn heads as you cruise down Hastings Street. This small car also packs a punch with a fun sporty engine perfect for cruising out to the Hinterland or down the David Low Way.

The interior design was impressive and I really enjoyed the ergonomic design and driver-focused dash board. All the technology is great and it’s been beautifully designed. I could reach everything and everything was where it should be, nothing was hidden.

With an 8-inch media screen, you can enjoy access to your smartphone’s screen, selected apps, maps and music through the App-Connect on the car’s touchscreen and voice control.

This is a really nice car. It’s super comfortable, really fast and I love the tiptronic engine. The VW Golf is packed full of features such as BlueMotion Technology to achieve greater fuel efficiency by automatically stopping the engine when you come to a standstill and starting again when you take-off.

It feels like I could drive this car to Melbourne! You can get up and go on winding roads but can also put the family in with the shopping. It’s a great new model for the iconic Golf. My favourite part about test driving the new VW Golf was that it still has all the features of the classic Golf: fast, comfortable but still family-friendly.

The new VW Golf is a beautifully-modern take on the classic, while maintaining its iconic Golf charm. Sturdy, fast and beautiful; you know it’s a Golf.

What I liked:

- Functional design and smart technology

- Sporty 1.4l TSI engine

- BlueMotion Technology for fuel efficiency

- Panoramic electric sunroof

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