The new Volkswagen Golf is on auction in the UK now, priced from £23,875. From launch, it will alone be accessible as a hatchback, in what will eventually become the middling Life and Style specifications.
Volkswagen’s accepted R-Line trim-level will access after this year, forth with a abject trim, the Golf Estate and the performance-focused GTE, GTI, GTD and R variants.
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Standard accessories for the Golf Life includes 16-inch admixture wheels, automated LED headlamps, advanced and rear parking sensors, electrically acrimonious and adjustable aperture mirrors and keyless start. Buyers additionally get lane assist, adaptive cruise ascendancy and a activating alley assurance affectation system.
Inside, there’s an appropriately absolute akin of equipment, including a 10.25-inch agenda apparatus binnacle, wireless smartphone charging, a 10-colour customisable autogenous lighting bureaucracy and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment arrangement with sat-nav and articulation control. Both advanced seats are adjustable for acme and lumbar support.
The Golf Style starts from £25,470 and adds a set of beyond 17-inch admixture auto and a brace of tweaked LED headlamps, while the berth gets wood-style trim inserts, added ambient lighting colours and “Art Velours” bench upholstery.
Buyers can additionally accept from a ambit of alternative account including Matrix LED headlamps (£875), a head-up affectation (£625), keyless access (£400) and Volkswagen’s Activating Chassis Ascendancy arrangement (£950), which adds a set of adaptive dampers.
Four engines will be accessible from launch, with buyers offered the best of two petrols and two diesels. The Golf Life gets a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol agent developing 128bhp, able of 49.6-52.3mpg depending on options fitted. A added powerful, 148bhp adaptation of the aforementioned agent is additionally available, priced from £24,475, but hardly beneath economical.
The Golf’s old 1.6-litre agent has been ditched for the Mk8, with the two TDI options both based on Volkswagen’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, alms either 113bhp or 148bhp. The above is priced from £24,875 and is alone accessible with a six-speed chiral gearbox, abiding a claimed 62.8-67.3mpg, while the closing starts at £29,170 (as it’s alone offered on the added big-ticket Style trim-level) and is alone accessible with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Mild amalgam versions of Volkswagen’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol and accessible 109bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines will be gradually alien over the Golf’s lifespan. The balmy amalgam arrangement will additionally alone be offered on models adapted with Volkswagen’s seven-speed automated gearbox.
The 48-volt electrical arrangement recovers activity that would contrarily be ashen back decelerating, redeploying up to 16bhp and 25Nm of electric addition beneath acceleration. Volkswagen says the arrangement will accomplish affective abroad from a standstill abundant smoother.
Volkswagen’s new GTE will be the aboriginal hot Golf to ability the showrooms. As before, this runs a constituent amalgam arrangement with a 148bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, but the electric motor is decidedly added powerful, so the all-embracing achievement now stands at 242bhp – which is the aforementioned as the approachable Golf GTI Performance.
Battery accommodation has increased, too. The new 13kWh assemblage gives 43 afar of zero-emissions range, at speeds up to 87mph. The array additionally is added energy-dense than in the antecedent bearing GTE which agency that, admitting a 50 per cent access in capacity, it’s concrete admeasurement has alone added fractionally.
Performance-focussed models, like the GTI and R will be the aftermost to arrive. According to leaked centralized documents, the R is set to aggregation up 328bhp – 32bhp added than the aftermost version. Insiders acquaint us that balmy amalgam abetment is set to feature, best acceptable in the anatomy of a lag-eliminating electric turbocharger, agnate to the arrangement acclimated by the Audi S7.
A beneath well-equipped, base-model adaptation of the Golf will be appear after this year, forth with the sports-inspired Golf R-Line. The closing will action an advancing anatomy kit, a new rear wing, beginning alloys and a ambit of “R-Line” badges.
From the outside, the better change comes at the front, area a low adenoids appearance a slimmer grille. It’s belted by attenuated headlights – featuring accepted LED tech – whose active edges breeze into aciculate creases forth the side. The bonanza varies according to trim akin – the Style trim appearance three characteristic fins spanning the amplitude of the air intake, while the R Line appearance a added accessible advanced aperture with R badging.
It’s on the central area the best absorbing changes accept taken place. Gone is the calm attending of the Mk7, replaced by a minimalist attending that’s as abreast as annihilation in this class. The autogenous is bedeviled by a brace of screens. The first, a 10-inch infotainment system, appearance a customisable display, which allows the disciplinarian to position shortcuts and widgets in the adapted positions. Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and the closing can now be operated wirelessly.
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The capital infotainment awning sits in a distinct console alongside the latest adaptation of Volkswagen’s basic cockpit. A agenda apparatus binnacle, barometer 10.25 inches, is adapted as accepted beyond the ambit – a aboriginal for the segment.
Almost all acceptable switches accept been replaced by touch-sensitive surfaces. The temperature can be adapted by sliding a feel beyond a console at the abject of the 10-inch display; additionally for the aggregate controls. Even the sunroof forgoes a concrete switch; instead acute a quick feel ambit forth a baby console on the roof.
It agency that, on the dashboard at least, the alone concrete button that charcoal is for the hazard lights – admitting there are still accepted buttons on the council caster and in the aperture console for the window and mirror adjustment.
The technology won’t stop with the interior, either. The new Golf appearance unrivalled connectivity for its class, with anniversary archetypal arranged abounding of assurance tech. A semi-autonomous action allows the Golf to accelerate, beacon and anchor on motorways at speeds – area acknowledged – of up to 130mph.
Perhaps best arresting of all is the Car2X system: this allows affiliated cars from any architect to advertisement in real-time, admonishing added enabled cartage of hazards on the alley ahead, or the adjacency of an emergency agent aggravating to accomplish its way through traffic.
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