The latest adaptation of the long-running ancestors car – which was aboriginal launched in 1974, with added than 35 actor awash aback – will go on auction abutting year in five-door anatomy alone with new mild-hybrid agent options and a bulk of new agenda technology.
The new Golf was launched at VW’s Wolfsburg headquarters, with an antecedent acknowledge at this year’s Frankfurt motor actualization adjourned so the close could focus absorption on its new ID 3 electric hatch. But while the ID 3 represents the abutting bearing of Volkswagen, in the average appellation it is acceptable to be askew in sales by the new Golf. That’s why Klaus Bischoff, VW’s architecture boss, has referred to the new Golf as “an indicator of the present” that represents “what’s accessible nowadays aural the aggregate segment”.
The Golf’s agent agency will accommodate three new 48V balmy hybrids and a revamped GTE-badged constituent hybrid.
The entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol will be offered with 89bhp and 109bhp, while a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TFSI will arise in 129bhp and 148bhp guises, all apprenticed through a chiral gearbox. The sole agent on auction in the UK will be a 114bhp 2.0-litre TDI, accessible with chiral or automated transmission.
The eTSI-badged mild-hybrid engines use a 48V belt starter/generator affiliated to a 48V array and army anon to a seven-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG). VW says that the eTSI units, offered with 109bhp, 129bhp and 148bhp outputs, abate ammunition burning by about 10% by acceptance for engine-off coasting, and access dispatch due to electric boosting.
The best able Golf at barrage will be the 241bhp GTE constituent hybrid, which combines a 1.4-litre TSI petrol agent with an electric motor. Energy is stored in a 13kWh battery, accouterment 50% added accommodation than the approachable GTE.
VW will action a below able 201bhp eHybrid PHEV archetypal in some markets, although it won’t be accessible in the UK. Neither will a TGI accustomed gas-powered apparatus that will be awash in Europe. With the accession of the ID 3, the e-Golf will no best abide with the new generation.
The Mk8 Golf uses the latest adaptation of the VW Group’s MQB platform, with ambit abundantly banausic from its predecessor: the car is 4284mm long, 1789mm advanced and 1456mm high, with a wheelbase of 2636mm. It retains the MacPherson strut advanced and multi-link rear suspension, which assignment with VW’s adaptive damping ascendancy arrangement and council that has been reworked with a added absolute arrangement to inject added feedback.
The latest Golf’s administration is audibly familiar, with the advanced end revamped with new-look lights and, absorption a agnate affection on the ID 3, a new band active from them to the VW roundel. The ancillary contour has been tweaked with a focus on the added contoured C-pillar, advised to accord it added attendance at the rear, while the aback gets a new aloft rear bumper, and the Golf name accounting out below the VW logo.
While the exoteric architecture is evolutionary, the new Golf’s autogenous has been assiduously reworked, with a focus on agenda instruments and controls. The dashboard is bedeviled by the infotainment touchscreen – 10in as accepted in the UK – which is commutual with a accepted 10.25in agenda cockpit affectation and an alternative windscreen head-up display.
The altitude and infotainment aggregate can now be adapted by application a ‘slider’ amid beneath the touchscreen, while a similarsystem is army into the roof animate to accomplish the alternative sunroof. The Golf additionally actualization the latest adaptation of VW’s MIB3 infotainment system, which supports both blow and articulation control, including the adeptness to use Amazon Alexa. It is assuredly affiliated to the internet via an eSIM, enabling online music streaming, cartage advice and shopping.
The accession of the actual concrete controls accept been reworked. Many accept been arranged calm and positioned college and afterpiece to the council caster and instruments on the dashboard. To accomplish the autogenous feel cleaner and added spacious, the high allocation of the dashboard has been advised to arise as if it sits on a ‘table’, with an biconcave band beneath now apartment the air vents to minimise their appearance. That band additionally actualization chip ambient lighting elements, to accomplish the car feel bigger.
VW has focused heavily on advance the technology on the new Golf, aiming to booty its agenda systems to a college akin than added cars in the class. It is offered with Travel Assist, which uses a aggregate of adaptive cruise ascendancy and lane abetment to accredit ‘assisted driving’ at speeds of up to 130mph.
The new Golf is additionally the aboriginal VW to affection Car2X technology, based on the harmonised European Union standard. Car2X uses advice from cars and assorted $.25 of basement adapted with sensors to aftermath abstracts based on bounded cartage and conditions.
The Golf is offered with upgraded advanced assist, a arrangement that can automatically anchor for advancing vehicles. There is additionally LED lighting as standard, with the advantage of VW’s top-spec IQ Ablaze system. Sections of the cast LED headlights can be biconcave for advancing cartage or to abate blaze from cartage signs, and acclimatize for corners and poor weather. Dynamic about-face indicators affection too.
The new Golf’s eSIM additionally allows for over-the-air software updates to both the car and the infotainment system. UK buyers will accept a three-year cable to VW’s We Connect Plus, which offers a ambit of casework including media streaming, online avenue calculations, agent status, active data, online map updates and, for the GTE, charging information. It will additionally acquiesce owners to download add-ons from an ‘in-car shop’.
The close has developed a adaptable key arrangement that will acquiesce the Golf to be operated via smartphone. This won’t initially be offered in the UK but could be alien at a afterwards date.
Exact abstruse capacity and specs accept yet to be confirmed, but the UK will absorb S, SE, SEL and R-Line trim levels.
While entry-level cars are accepted to run on 16in wheels, college levels will accretion 17in rims, added ambient lighting options, chrome exhausts and covering trim options. R-Line models will get bespoke bumpers, trim elements and action seats, with agnate tweaks accepted for the GTE version.
VW additionally claims the new Golf will be upgradeable, so actualization such as adaptive cruise control, ablaze abetment and the wi-fi hotspot can be enabled afterwards purchase.
The Golf is due on auction in the UK aboriginal abutting year. Pricing has yet to be finalised, although a slight access on the agnate versions of the approachable car is likely.
The GTI and GTD models are appointed to chase afterwards in the year, with the GTI application an upgraded adaptation of the 241bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged agent from the antecedent model. The hot R adaptation is acceptable to access in 2021, forth with a range-topping 400bhp R Plus.
What is Car2X?
Car2X, which is adapted to the Volkswagen Golf for the aboriginal time, stands for car-to-everything. It’s a harmonised accepted – in the European Union application wi-fi and 4G or 5G adaptable abstracts – to accredit affiliated cars and basement (such as cartage lights) to acquaint with anniversary other.
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Doing so enables such accessories to basin advice that can be accumulated to actualize real-time alive abstracts assuming traffic, cartage lights, breakdowns, acclimate or abutting emergency vehicles. For example, abstracts assuming assorted cars braking can be acclimated to acquaint abutting drivers of slowing cartage ahead.
Such abstracts systems accept featured in some cars ahead but, because Car2X is an EU standard, it agency that abstracts can be aggregate beyond any agent featuring the technology, rather than aloof those of a accurate brand, abundantly accretion the aggregate of information.
The EU standards additionally accommodate austere rules apropos the data, so advice is alone beatific anonymously and is not captured or stored by clandestine companies.