Our spies have captured the MK8 Volkswagen Golf, again. Here’s everything you need to know about the most important new car of 2019.
2019 Volkswagen Golf
self-drive tech and next-level infotainment
Release date and price
Towards the end of 2019; price from around £20,000
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2019 Volkswagen Golf price and release date
While the 2019 Volkswagen Golf was set to be revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show in September that no longer seems likely, instead you’re now tipped to see the car revealed at a private event in the autumn. You can expect the Golf to start from around £20,000 for an entry-level S model and £22,000 for a mid-range SE. GTI and R models will cost significantly more but don’t expect to see them until well into next year.
2019 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf styling
This is the second time we have caught a 2019 Volkswagen Golf seemingly completely undisguised – you’ll remember the pics of the green car from last month – but look closer and you can see Volkswagen has tried to throw you off the sent with stickers masquerading as headlights and tail lights.
What seems certain is that the VW Golf will get a new slim-line grille and slim headlights that could hint that this will be the first Golf to get LED exterior lights as standard. If they are standard you can also expect to be able to specify powerful matrix LED at extra cost, they can be used at full power even in oncoming traffic.
Another safety feature at the front of the car is the raised bonnet which should protect pedestrians from the hard engine below should they be unfortunate enough to get run over. That said, the Golf will come fitted with automatic emergency brakes as standard and they’ll detect cars as well as people.
Around the sides, the new car is instantly recognisable as a Golf thanks to its two-box (bonnet and passenger compartment) design and thick C pillar which surrounds the rear window, although new creases in the bodywork will help keep it looking fresh.
Even basic cars will get a subtle rear spoiler, designed to help fuel economy at motorway speeds. 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. Sign up to the carwow newsletter at the top of your screen for all the latest on the new Golf when it becomes available.