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The new Golf 8

The new Golf 8

The new Golf 8

The VW Golf has always been a very popular seller in Northern Ireland and the forthcoming Mark 8 Golf will continue that trend. The predicted best-seller – the Golf Life 1.5 TSI 130 PS six-speed manual – will start at £23,875.

The new Golf 8 is the most connected car Volkswagen has produced to date. Initially, it can be specified in two trim levels with four engine and gearbox configurations. Life and Style are the two trim levels available at first, with popular R-Line joining them at a later date. From launch two petrol and two diesel engines are offered.

The petrol line-up consists of two 1.5-litre TSI engines with 130 and 150 PS, both mated to a sixs-speed manual gearbox, while diesel options include 115 or 150 PS 2.0-litre units, the former with a six-speed manual. The more powerful diesel engine benefits from a seven-speed DSG transmission as standard, and is available only in the Style trim.

In addition to the sporty R-line trim level, more engine options will arrive over the coming months as production in Wolfsburg ramps up.

These include 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol engines, as well as eTSI 48V mild-hybrid 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines. These class-leading eTSI power plants are fitted exclusively with a seven-speed DSG transmission.

All new Golfs feature cutting-edge Car2X technology. This facilitates wireless communication between the new Golf and other Car2X-equipped vehicles on the road, as well as so-called ‘street furniture’, allowing the car to more effectively pre-empt hazards on the road such as stationary traffic ahead, approaching emergency vehicles and more. This is the most important mainstream car to have Car2X fitted as standard to date. As Europe’s best-selling model, the Golf will bring this tech to millions of people.

The Golf Life also features Volkswagen’s ‘innovision cockpit’ which incorporates a 10.25-inch Active Info Display in the car’s instrument binnacle, as well as a large and clear 10-inch ‘discover navigation’ touch-screen infotainment system.

For the 2020 model year all Golfs will be equipped with discover pro navigation. This comes complete with DAB and FM radio, as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity with wireless app-connect. It also includes a three-year subscription to We Connect Plus, unlocking a wealth of information and services ranging from media streaming to parking space information, and an in-car wi-fi hotspot.

The Golf Life’s suite of driver assistance systems further enhances both safety and ease of use, and includes adaptive cruise control, a driver alert system, dynamic road sign display, lane assist and front assist, with extended pedestrian protection measures also installed on the model.

An XDS electronic differential lock, first introduced on the Golf GTI Mk 7, now features on the new Golf, providing improved traction and handling. Many of these features contributed to the Golf’s recent five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Further Golf models, including the Estate, GTE, GTI, GTD and R will follow later in 2020. π

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