2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 - - VW goes all in on the latest Golf

Golf has been with us since 1974 and has sold over 35 million units over seven generations, and is currently offered in more than 100 countries. Given the importance of Golf for the entire VW Group, it is not surprising that the company has invested as much as € 1.8 billion in the development of the new Golf 8.

The Wolfsburg plant in Germany will remain the most important for Golf production, as more than 2,000 copies of this model are produced there daily.

The Golf 8 is based on VW's MQB platform, with a vehicle length of 4284 mm (4255 mm in the "VII"), width of 1789 mm, height of 1456 mm, and wheelbase of 2636 mm. Here also is the fact that the coefficient of air resistance is 0.275.

According to German sources, the car will be more practical, economical and spacious, with more upmarket interiors and higher quality materials.

There is also a new infotainment system with a touch screen, head-up display, gesture control technology and a digital instrument panel, and it should be noted that the number of buttons inside has been drastically reduced.

In terms of the appearance of the exterior, there is no need to spend too many words here, because no drastic differences could be expected from the established company design vocabulary. Volkswagen plays it safe and there simply cannot be any experiments.

It should be mentioned here that there will no longer be a three-door version in the range, while the Caravan Golf 8 Variant will appear at the end of 2020 (and with about 50mm longer wheelbase compared to the current model).

As for the engine, we have a 1.0 liter TSI three-cylinder with 90hp and 110hp in gasoline, then a 1.5-liter TSI four-cylinder with 130hp and 150hp, and later comes a 1.5 liter TGI Evo is a natural gas-powered version.

The diesel engine offers a 2.0 liter four-cylinder TDI in 115hp and 150hp versions.

The all-electric version of the Golf will be gone as new Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback takes its place.

On the other hand, the hybrid offer will include Mild Hybrid versions of eTSI petrol engines with 110hp, 130hp and 150hp (with 48 volt electrical system), as well as the Plug-in Hybrid variant eHybrid, which comes with 1.5 liter petrol and an electric motor with a total of 150kW / 204hp as well as 13 kWh batteries). The stronger 245hp Plug-in Hybrid variant has already been confirmed, arriving a little later.

Offered from 2020 will be the Sport Golf GTI with 2.0 liter turbo petrol and 235hp, followed by the Golf GTI Cup with 290hp, as well as the Golf R which will have about 330hp. The Golf R will not have the so-called Drift mode or all-wheel steering as announced by the factory.

As for the Golf GTI, the package will also include larger alloy wheels, an aero package (front spoiler, sills, rear diffuser, rear roof spoiler ...), front honeycomb hood with red trim and GTI logo, leather steering wheel with flattened lower partly with red seams, as well as sport pedals and seats with a distinctive checkered pattern.

The sale of the Golf 8 will start in Germany in December, priced at around € 18,500 for the base model.


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