The eighth generation of the Volkswagen Golf is finally here, and the company loads the hatchback with cutting-edge technology.
The VW almost simultaneously launched the ID.3, the electric car of Golf-like format that the company believes will take a decisive leap into electric mobility.
Something you have to know about the new Golf is that, it retains the old model’s compact dimensions, measuring 14.5 feet long, 5.8 feet wide, and 4.7 feet high, with an 8.64-feet long wheelbase. Each part of the body has been reshaped and refined in a wind tunnel and drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.275.
At the center of the range sit a pair of punchier 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines, with 128 and 148 horsepower, respectively. If Volkswagen does decide to continue with the regular Golf in the States, then the punchier version of this would seem to be the obvious engine to act as the entry-level powerplant.
Inside, the driver-focused cabin is more high-tech than ever. As standard, the new Golf comes with a digital cockpit comprising a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an online connection, and a multifunction steering wheel. Online connectivity will also allow for over-the-air updates and driver settings such as the seating position, exterior mirrors and air conditioning can be saved to the cloud. Two optional 10-inch infotainment systems are available, along with a windshield head-up display.
In Europe, the engine lineup remains diverse; With diesel, gas, hybrid and natural gas powertrains, the new Golf stays in the golden path of technological variety. There are 1.0-liter three-cylinder gas (TSI) engines with 90 and 110 horsepower, as well as 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI units with 130 and 150 horsepower, fitted with cylinder deactivation and optional 48-volt mild hybridization. The 1.6 TDI engines are gone, but there are two ultra-efficient and extremely clean 2.0-liter TDI engines with 115 and 150 hp. Down the road, there will be a GTD with a TDI that makes around 200 horsepower, a GTI with around 240 horsepower and the Golf R with around 330 horsepower. In addition, there will be two plug-in hybrids with 204 or 245 horsepower, and even a TGI version that runs on natural gas. All-wheel drive will be offered as well.
The sporty R-Line package has been reprised for the new Golf, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, R-Line-specific bumpers, high-gloss black sill trims, a rear diffuser, premium sport seats, and stainless steel pedals among other upgrades.