2020 VW Golf MK8 - Everyday Hero Among Compact Hatchbacks

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The eighth Golf is setting a new benchmark in the compact class in terms of assisted driving functions: Travel Assist, a feature that has been installed in a compact-class model for the very first time in the world, makes assisted driving possible on motorways up to speeds of 210 km/h without having to actively steer, accelerate and brake. This consequently improves convenience and safety, particularly on long journeys. The new Golf is also the first Volkswagen to link up with its environment as standard: Car2X functionality applies the information provided by other vehicles within a radius of up to 800 metres in addition to signals from the traffic infrastructure to warn drivers and also forward these warnings to other Car2X models.

The drive range of the new Golf features petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), natural gas (TGI), mild hybrid (eTSI) and plug-in hybrid drives (eHybrid). All petrol and diesel engines are turbocharged direct injection units. Following the launch of all engines, their output stages will range between 66 kW/90 PS and over 221 kW/300 PS. For the first time, eight drive versions will be available for the Golf. Two three-cylinder petrol engines generating 66 kW/90 PS and 81 kW/110 PS as well as two four-cylinder diesel engines with 85 kW/115 PS and 110 kW/150 PS will premiere in the new range. The new TSI variants have particularly low consumption values and emissions thanks to elements including the innovative TSI Miller combustion process. A new TDI feature: in these engines, Volkswagen applies twin dosing – dual AdBlue injection – to significantly cut nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx). Consumption of the new TDI: up to 17 percent lower than that of its predecessor. Also new: four of the five hybrid drives of the eighth Golf generation.


The new Golf is a vehicle that has been more closely connected to the driver than ever before. The basis for this are standard digital instruments (Digital Cockpit) with a 10.25-inch display, an Infotainment system (8.25-inch touchscreen featuring online connection) and a multifunction steering wheel. Merging the Digital Cockpit and Infotainment system creates a new, consistently digital architecture. The driver’s digital workplace can be further enhanced by two optional 10-inch Infotainment systems. In conjunction with the large Discover Pro navigation system, this creates the Innovision Cockpit. A windscreen head-up display is also available. The head-up display is directly projected onto the windscreen and thus virtually floats in front of the driver. Light and vision functions have also been redesigned, bundled and made more intuitive to operate: the light as well as the windscreen and rear window heating are now operated using a digital panel to the left of the instruments. The centre console is also characterised by perfect ergonomics: this area is now tidier than ever, particularly in conjunction with the now significantly smaller shift-by-wire gear knob for the dual clutch gearbox (DSG). This image continues to stretch across the new roof console where operation has also been digitalised – including a touch slider for the optional tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof. An optional 400-watt Harman Kardon sound system guarantees perfect on-board sound.

The specification package range starts with Golf. This variant already includes the following features as standard: LED headlights and LED tail light clusters, Keyless Start, digital instruments and an 8.25-inch Infotainment system, We Connect and We Connect Plus mobile online services and functions, a multifunction steering wheel, Climatronic (automatic air conditioning), Lane Assist lane-keeping system, a new turn-off assist, Front Assist (area monitoring system), predictive pedestrian protection system and Car2X (local communication with other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure).

The new top specification package, Style, additionally includes the following standard equipment details that deviate from the Golf and Life features: 17-inch alloy wheels, additional exterior chrome scopes (including trapezoidal tailpipes and lateral window parapet), sports seats at the front with centre seat panels in ArtVelours (driver side as ErgoActive electrically adjustable seat), leather steering wheel and leather gear knob, exterior mirror adjustment with memory function, interior background lighting in 32 colours, LED headlights with cornering light, poor weather light, LED tail light clusters with dynamic turn signal, Air Care Climatronic with 3-zone temperature control, Travel Assist and Lane Assist lane keeping system.
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