Latest Golf tees off

11 February 2020

VOLKSWAGEN has opened the order book for the latest incarnation of one of the world’s best-selling models, with prices of up to £30,000.

It is the eighth generation of the Volkswagen Golf, of which there have been myriad versions over the years, including cabriolets, estates and high-performance R32 versions.

The latest range will be here soon with a host of improvements and is expected to be at its most popular in petrol-powered 1.5-litre Golf Life guise with an output of 130mph and a six-speed manual transmission costing from £23,875.

Initially, there will be a choice of just two trim levels with four engine and gearbox configurations. Life and Style are the two trim levels available at first, with upmarket R-Line versions in the pipeline.

The petrol line-up consists of two 1.5-litre engines with outputs of 130bhp and 150bhp, both mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Diesel versions include 115bhp and 150bhp 2.0-litre units, the former with a six-speed manual gearbox only. The more powerful diesel engine gets a seven-speed DSG automatic 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. These are expected to include 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines plus mild-hybrids using 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol options.

All new Golfs get wireless communication between themselves and  other Car2X-equipped vehicles, plus so-called street furniture, allowing the car to pre-empt hazards on the road such as stationary traffic ahead and approaching emergency vehicles. Life is predicted to be the most popular trim and is equipped 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 are standard, with keyless entry a £400 option. Both front seats have height and lumbar adjustment, with cloth upholstery front and back.

The Golf Life also gets Volkswagen’s Innovision Cockpit, which incorporates a 10.25-inch instrument binnacle, as well as a ten-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

There is also DAB radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity with Wireless App-Connect. It also includes a three-year subscription to We Connect Plus, unlocking information and services ranging from media streaming to parking space information, plus an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot. There is also a wireless charging function for compatible smartphones.

Style specification adds 17-inch Belmont alloy wheels, LED Plus headlights, sports seats, ambient lighting and wood decorative inserts.

There is also 3Zone climate control and Volkswagen’s sophisticated IQ.Light system at £875 on Style trim, which adds specific lighting modes for the city, motorway and poor weather while reducing glare from road signs and preventing Golf drivers from dazzling oncoming traffic.

Head-up display costing £625 is also on offer, which shows vital car functions such as road speed on the windscreen at driver eye level.

Further new Golf models, including the Estate, GTE, GTI, GTD and R will follow later this year, taking prices towards the £40,000 mark.