Eighth-gen Golf Revealed

Originally Published: October 2019

Volkswagen have pulled the covers off the new Golf as the eighth iteration of the marquee hatchback gears up to hit the market in December.

This version comes in on the tech offensive, and will have five hybrid models within its range.

Let's start under the bonnet, where there will be 48-volt, a belt starter generator, a 48-volt lithium-ion battery and a TSI engine combining in the new eTSI hybrid powertrain. This means that VW has been able to reduce fuel consumption by 10% against WLTP guidelines. This chapter will be available in three stages of tune, with 110, 130 and 150bhp.

Plug-in options are available, too, with a pair producing 204 and 245bhp. These will both use 13kWh batteries that offer up to 60-miles of pure electric, emission-free motoring.

Old fashioned gasoline-only power will be available. Two four-pot petrol engines with 90 and 110bhp will be available alongside two diesel four-cylinders with 115 and 150bhp. Plus there is a TGI engine, running on natural gasses, with a 130bhp output.

Inside, the driver is surrounded by a digitised cockpit, with an infotainment screen tilted towards them and a nice big, clear driver display behind the wheel. The system features an eSIM, which links to the WeConnect apps from VW, and via Car2X it can receive traffic notifications from other vehicles up to 800 meters away. There is even a heads up display, too.

There's no word on pricing as of yet, but that will plainly be here before it going on sale come December this year.

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