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2019 VW Golf Mk8 price, specs and release date

Russell Campbell
March 14, 2019

The tech fitted to the 2019 Volkswagen Golf is so high-tech it could delay the car’s reveal. Keep reading for all the latest on the new Golf’s price, specs and release date

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    image of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf

  • Specs include

    expansive infotainment and hybrid engines

  • Price & release date

    Starting from around £20,000; end of 2019

2019 Volkswagen Golf price and release date

It had been rumoured that the 2019 Volkswagen Golf would be shown at the company’s home motor show in Frankfurt in September, but that now looks to be overly optimistic. The connected-car technology and vast array of infotainment screens and features are reportedly causing glitches that’ll make a Frankfurt reveal impossible – though VW is denying this is the reason for the delay. What now looks likely is that the car will be revealed towards the end of the year.  At that reveal expect to see range of cars such as the £19,500 entry-level S and £22,000 Match. The £32,000 Golf GTI won’t be revealed until next year when we’ll also see the £35,000 range-topping Golf R.

2019 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf styling

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf may be an all-new car, but you’ll have no problem spotting it as VW’s evergreen family car.

What has changed? The new Golf from these latest photographs you can see the new, low set, slim-line grille. That’ll allow for better pedestrian safety by raising the (relatively) soft bonnet above the hard engine below. You can expect the grille to hide air flaps that close at speed to help the car cut through the air at a cruise on the motorway.

The lower bumper will have large air vents under the headlights to channel air around the car’s front wheels – again to make it more aerodynamic – and you can expect the car’s radar sensors, used for its autonomous driving aids, to be more neatly packaged than they are in the current car. Lighting will come from standard-fit front LEDs which will provide bright, white light and will likely come with integrated scrolling LED indicators. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf will also be available with computer controlled matrix LEDs that can be used on full beam even in oncoming traffic.

The other thing that’ll be noticeable when you stand front on will be the Golf’s increased track – the space between the left and right wheels – is set to be wider to allow for more cabin room and to make the car handle better in bends.

Side on, this added width will be hidden by a more prominent body crease that runs between the front and rear wheels, though the two-box shape and the customary thick pillar behind your rear passengers will make it instantly recognisable. You’ll be able to choose from alloy wheels ranging from 16 to 19-inches in size. The latter will likely be offered in sporty R Line trim which also buys you a subtle body kit that’ll make your car look like a sporty GTI model, but without the inherent higher running costs.

Even basic cars will get a subtle rear spoiler, designed to help fuel economy at motorway speed. Like the front, LED lights will be standard at the rear and will likely perform a cool light up sequence when you lock and unlock the car. The rear bumper design will depend on the version with entry-level cars getting a plainer design while sportier R Line cars will get a mock rear diffuser.

2019 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf interior

To see the most significant changes that’ll be made to the 2019 Volkswagen Golf, you might want to skip the outside and jump straight behind the wheel because it’s inside where the real revolution will happen.

While it’s not easy to tell from this snapped picture of a prototype, even basic models will come with a large central infotainment screen that’ll come fitted with 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. This upgraded system’s digital instrument binnacle will be capable of displaying a large sat-nav display behind the steering wheel, while the centre touchscreen will come fitted with connected tech that’ll mean the car can do things like find a parking space in real time. The same connected services will also mean you’ll be able to lock and unlock the car, update the sat-nav and check fuel levels remotely using an app on your phone.

With colourful displays used to control most of the car’s functions, the dashboard will be largely free of conventional buttons – leaving the way clear for expensive trim pieces and selectable mood lighting that’ll make the car feel more premium. Expect plastic quality to be extremely high with soft and squidgy materials used for everything in your eye line.

2019 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf practicality

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf will have a marginally longer wheelbase – the space between the front and rear wheels – than the current model to give increased interior space. That’ll be felt most by your tall rear-seat passengers who can expect more head, knee and legroom. The car’s wider track will also allow for more hip and elbow room if you ever need to carry three people in the back.

Boot space will also increase from the current model’s 380-litre figure to closer to 450 litres – giving you room for an extra small suitcase. Expect the boot to offer excellent packaging with a low load lip and a floor that remains flat even when the rear seats are folded away – making it as easy to load awkward loads as possible.

2019 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf engines

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf will be the first Golf to offer mild-hybrid tech even on its regular models. Basic 1.0-litre petrol cars are tipped to do without a turbocharger – instead, they get a large starter motor that can provide instant thrust when, say, pulling away as well as starting the engine. While those cars will use a 12V power supply, mid-range models will get a 48V system that’ll help the car harvest more power when coasting or braking. These models will likely use a revised version of the 1.5-litre petrol fitted to the current Golf, which uses cylinder deactivation technology to save fuel – by resting half the engine when its extra power isn’t needed.

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. Perhaps more importantly, you can expect it to come loaded with clever tech that’ll make it extremely clean to comply with tough new emissions regulations.

Fast GTI models, meanwhile, are set to use an electric motor to boost their performance at low speeds. Most Golf’s will be front-wheel drive, but expect the range-topping Golf R to get four-wheel drive and a  seven-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

2019 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf driving

While the 2019 Volkswagen Golf is set to be lighter than the current model, making it feel more nimble in bends – the big change isn’t how it’ll feel to drive, it’s that you won’t actually have to drive it.

That’ll be true on the motorway at least, where the new Golf’s array of safety systems and sensors mean it’ll be able to brake, accelerate and steer itself at a cruise and on twisting A-roads while observing the speed limit all by itself. Even if you do something stupid – like pull out in front of another car – it’ll be able to correct the mistake. And, as well as braking to avoid potential collisions, the new Golf will be able to steer around accidents autonomously.

In town, the car’s upgraded self-park will mean it can squeeze itself into tight parking spaces, and you’ll get a brilliant view courtesy of the car’s high-definition reversing and birdseye view cameras.

Along with these active features, the Golf’s passive features will also be upgraded. Improved sound-deadening and enhanced aerodynamics will make the new Golf quieter at a cruise and multi-link rear suspension is likely to be standard to help smooth out bumpy roads.

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