Volkswagen Golf Review

The eighth generation of the ubiquitous Volkswagen Golf is nearly here. Expect self-driving tech, mild hybrid engines and the usual GTI and R performance models.

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Volkswagen Golf Review

The eighth generation of the ubiquitous Volkswagen Golf is nearly here. Expect self-driving tech, mild hybrid engines and the usual GTI and R performance models.

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The all-new Volkswagen Golf – the eighth version of the famous family hatch – is set to be revealed this autumn, before going on sale in 2020. Entry-level models will be priced from around £20,000, while £22,000 should see you in a mid-range SE model. Performance GTI and R models will be more, and will appear, but not until well after the car’s initial market launch.

What is clear is that there will be new, more slender headlights, LEDs as standard, with W-shaped daytime running lights and an equally slimline grille. Even the most basic cars will get a subtle rear spoiler, designed to help fuel economy at motorway speeds. Slender LED taillights will be standard at the rear.

Even entry-level cars will come with a large central infotainment screen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard – so you can use your phone’s sat-nav on the car’s big screen – and offer next-generation voice activation that really can understand spoken commands. Spend extra and you’ll be able to swap the single central infotainment screen for two huge displays that sweep from behind the steering wheel to the centre of the dashboard.

Friend asking you which new car to buy and struggling for an answer? Tell them to buy a Golf. Seriously, though, it’s popular because it’s classless, practical and good to drive.

Mat Watson
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The 2019 Volkswagen Golf will be the first Golf to offer mild-hybrid tech even on its regular models, with the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo and 1.5-litre turbo petrol engines getting a 48V system that’ll help the car harvest more power when coasting or braking. If you really want to save fuel though, you’ll still want a diesel model – and VW is said to be developing a new 2.0-litre engine that should offer punchy motorway performance and excellent fuel economy.

Fast GTI models are also on the way, but a few months later, with 255hp and 290hp versions expected. Most Golfs will be front-wheel drive, but expect the range-topping Golf R to get four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox as standard.

We’ll have a full review for you once we’ve driven the new Volkswagen Golf. For now, check out our 2020 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf: Price, specs and release date story for everything we have.

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