Volkswagen has finally unveiled UK spec for its tech-laden eighth-generation Golf, with prices starting from £23.8k.
On sale from today, the benchmark model, and predicted biggest-seller, is the Golf Life 1.5 TSI 130 PS 6-speed manual, which costs at £23,875 on the road.
The latest generation car is bristling with technology never seen before in a popular car of this class.
These range from semi-autonomous safety systems to smart heating which responds to voice controls like “I’m cold”, “Warm feet” and “Clear view” (demist the windscreen).
All new Mk 8 models feature the latest Car2X technology which allow wireless communication between car and other Car2X-equipped vehicles, as well as so-called ‘street furniture’, allowing drivers to pre-empt hazards like stationary vehicles ahead and approaching ambulances, where the technology allows.
The car is initially only available in two trim levels – Life and Style, although these are expected to become mid-range when a new entry-level model is added later.
A popular R-Line model will be added on top of Life and Style shortly.
For now, Life and Style trims come with two petrol and two diesel engines.
The petrol line-up consists of two 1.5-litre TSI engines with 130 and 150 PS, both mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, while diesel options include 115 or 150 PS 2.0-litre units, the former with a 6-speed manual.
The more powerful diesel engine benefits from a 7-speed DSG transmission as standard and is available only in the Style trim.
More engine options will arrive over the coming months as production at the Golf factory 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 eTSI power plants will come with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
For now, only hatchback models are available, but the full range of estates, performance-orientated models and other specialised versions will arrive in due course.
This week’s VW announcement detailed the full spec on Life and Style trims.
Life comes with 16-inch ‘Norfolk’ alloy wheels and automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors with memory feature, and keyless start as standard.
Cabin lighting can be personalised using 10-colour ambient lighting. Also available is Volkswagen’s Innovision Cockpit, which incorporates a 10.25-inch Active Info Display in the instrument binnacle, plus a 10-inch Discover Navigation touch-screen infotainment system.
All new Golfs now come with Discover Pro Navigation. This comes with DAB and FM radio, as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity with Wireless App-Connect which streams online services like parking space info.
The Life’s suite of driver assistance systems 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, is now included for improved traction and handling.
Style spec starts at £25,470 for a 1.5 TSI 130 6-speed manual model. This contains all of Life’s features plus a range of extra goodies including 17-inch ‘Belmont’ alloy wheels, LED ‘Plus’ lights, sportier seats and an enhanced cabin.
Both trims offer Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) as an upgrade for £950. This brings adaptive dampers to tailor the car’s comfort and handling and has pre-determined modes like Comfort and Sport.
VW UK boss Andrew Savvas said: “The Golf has been the benchmark in its class for nearly five decades, and the eighth-generation of our top-selling model provides exactly what our customers want.
“It blends the usability and familiar appeal of the previous seven generations, but now with increased electrification and the highest level of connectivity. On top of all that, it continues to increase the democratisation of luxury – a long-standing Volkswagen hallmark.”