Volkswagen Golf 8

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The new Golf 8

The latest Golf showcases a refreshed exterior and a wider profile, alongside excellent technology that gives you a hatchback in a class of its own.
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Home to a 10-inch screen, this screen allows you to easily adjust your driving position, air con, radio, navigation and Driver Assistance systems all in one place. Once logged in, your Golf 8 will remember your preferences. The intelligent head-Up display projects your speedometer and Adapted Cruise Control information straight onto the windshield. As well as having great visibility of the sat-nav and media settings which are displayed on the digital cockpit, which is a high-definition screen that sits right behind the steering wheel. If all thee great features weren't enough, the Golf 8 has voice control that allows you to switch between radio stations, scroll through your address book, or change course on your Sat-Nav all without taking your attention off the road. 


​The Volkswagen Golf 8 is a truly modern hatchback.​ The exterior of this model features a clean design with narrow LED headlights and a leaner front grille. The more defined bumper gives the Golf 8 now sits lower to the ground, allowing this VW hatchback to achieve a more responsive performance.  It comes with LED headlights and integrated fog lights as standard. However if you choose the IQ.LIGHT Matrix LED lights you’ll also receive Dynamic Light Assist, which automatically adjusts the brightness when it detects oncoming traffic.

Choose the optional ambient lighting package and illuminate the interior from a selection of 32 colours and make your Golf 8 your own.

Advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems

  • Car2X - This technology wirelessly communicates with other Car2X enabled vehicles on the road to provide you with the most up to date traffic information. It uses the information it receives off other vehicles to detect when the end of the jam is coming up and braces the car’s Adaptive Cruise Control.
  • Driver assistance systems - Includes; Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist and Travel Assist.
  • Connect Plus - App Connect syncs your smartphone to your Golf 8 and gives you access to your favourite music/podcasts as well as breakdown Call, the Online Anti-Theft Alarm, Service Scheduling and will also send you real-time traffic updates.
  • Dynamic Cruise Control - You have the choice of three driving settings in the New Volkswagen Golf: COMFORT for a smooth ride, SPORT for a firm and more responsive drive, and finally ECO which adjusts the car’s configuration to save on fuel.
  • e-TSI engine - The first volkswagen model to feature the e-TSI engine with mild-hybrid technology.

What trim levels are available on the new Golf 8?​

Features of Volkswagen Golf 8 Life:

  • Alloy wheels 16" Norfolk
  • Light & Sight pack
  • Car2X
  • Decorative inserts 'Nature Cross Brushed' in dash and front door panels
  • Interior ambient lighting - 10 colour
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC)

Features of the VW Golf 8 Style:

  • Alloy wheels 17" Belmont
  • ​Climatronic (3-zone) with rear air conditioning control panel
  • Ambient lighting, 30 colour
  • Carpet mats, front and rear
  • 'Art Velours' seat centre
  • LED 'Plus' headlamps
  • Decorative inserts in Brushed dark metal

What colours are available on the New VW Golf 8?

Solid​ paint:

  • Moonstone Grey
  • Pure White
  • Urano Grey

Metallic/Pearl paint:

  • Atlantic blue metallic
  • Deep black pearl
  • Dolphin grey metallic
  • Line yellow metallic
  • Reflex silver metallic 

Premium paint:

  • Oryx white mother-of-pearl
Optional ambient lighting package with a selection of 32 colours
Car2X communicates wirelessly with other Car2X vehicles on the road
e-TSI engine with mild-hybrid technology

First Drive: The Volkswagen Golf remains a classy and credible all-rounder

What is it?

Few cars can rival the longevity of the Golf, which has survived eight generations and is fast creeping up on 50 years of existence.

Times have changed massively in that time, and so have the people buying them.

And yet it remains Volkswagen’s most popular model, and it’s arguably one of the most important new cars on sale, given it was the UK’s second best-selling car in 2019. A remarkable 45 million Golfs have been produced since the model first arrived in 1974.

This latest model is crucial for Volkswagen to get right, so does it?

Yellow volkswagen Golf 8

What’s new?

In typical Volkswagen fashion, this latest model - on face value alone - looks little more than a facelift. But it’s underneath the surface and inside where the changes soon begin to build.

The interior is the revolutionary bit, with Volkswagen completely digitalising the cabin with touch pads all over the place, as well as a new 10-inch touchscreen and digital dials – the latter being unique in this hatchback, or for now anyway.

Mild-hybrid technology (badged as the eTSI) is also being introduced to selected versions of the 1.5-litre petrol engines, when paired with a DSG automatic transmission.

What’s under the bonnet?

Powering our test car is the 128bhp version of the 1.5-litre petrol engine (not a mild-hybrid – you need the 148bhp option for that), which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This is expected to be the best-selling configuration, and be a popular choice with the fleet market.

It’s a good choice for the Golf – delivering all the power that many will ever need, as it will accelerate from 0-60mph in nine seconds and reach a top speed of 133mph. It’s also impressively refined, as you can barely even hear it at low revs. Cylinder deactivation technology has also been added to aid efficiency, though figures aren’t available just yet.

While not delivering the punch of the larger petrol option, it’s a good all-rounder, feeling plentiful at motorway speeds and delivering a dose of buzz for swift overtakes, though if you aren’t in the right gear it can feel sluggish.

Further engines joining the range include a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol, a 2.0-litre diesel and also a plug-in hybrid.

What’s it like to drive?

For years the regular (non-GTI) Golfs have been known for being comfortable and refined options, though lacking in driving enjoyment, and this continues with the latest version.

Even at higher speeds, this model is remarkably refined, and it’s only the odd bit of wind noise that makes its way into the cabin. Add in a comfortable and supple ride, which doesn’t even seem phased by the larger alloy wheels our test car was riding on, and you soon realise why the Golf is a popular motorway cruiser.

But, as was the case before, this isn’t a model that is a byword for driver enjoyment. You’ll have to wait for the Golf GTI, TCR and R versions to arrive for that.

Rear view of volkswagen Golf 8

How does it look?

Volkswagen tends to take an evolutionary approach to the way its cars look, and this is the same with the Golf, which has slowly changed over time. But if a formula works, why would you go to the bother of radically changing it?

Viewed side on with a seventh-generation Golf, you would be hard-pressed to spot the difference. However, the front is the most different part of it, as it features more distinctive headlights (now LEDs as standard), as well as a full-length apron to give the car a more aggressive look.

Head to the rear and you’ll see Volkswagen’s new slimmer logo, as the Golf is the first all-new model to feature this, as well as a more prominent ‘GOLF’ logo.

So, this might not be a revolution on the exterior, though you can’t blame Volkswagen for taking ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach.

What’s it like inside?

Things might not have changed much on the outside, but they sure have on the inside, which is headed up by a huge 10-inch touchscreen that seems to control just about everything. It’s positioned next to a digital cockpit, which is crisp, clear and easy to use. Just about all physical buttons seem to have been binned, with a new ‘Hello Volkswagen’ voice control service (imagine Siri but for your car) as well as touchpads to control the lights and even the sunroof.

It certainly looks the part, and will ensure the Golf remains fresh for years to come, but it personally feels like a step too far – using a touchscreen for something as simple as changing the climate control is just distracting and more time consuming that using a traditional button or knob would be.

But aside from that it’s business as usual for practicality, with the Golf being spacious enough for family duties, if not class-leading.

interior of volkswagen Golf 8

What’s the spec like?

Many of us are probably familiar with Volkswagen’s naming structure – comprising of S, SE, SE L etc. However, Volkswagen UK is adopting the German trim levels this time, which means the new grades are Golf, Life, Style and R-Line – the latter being the only trim carried over from before.

Standard kit is generous, with the highlight being the impressive twin digital displays. LED headlights are also fitted, while keyless entry and plenty of safety kit only bolsters the Golf’s appeal.

Prices haven’t yet been announced, though they’ll be revealed shortly, but we expect a slight price increase over the outgoing model’s starting price.


With the Golf having such a loyal customer base, and with Volkswagen already having a near class-leading model with the outgoing Golf, Volkswagen didn’t need to do a great deal to bring this version up to the highest class.

This 1.5-litre petrol engine is an absolute gem and leaves you wanting for little, while the new range of standard kit only adds to the appeal. The digitalised interior won’t appeal to all and it will take some time to adjust to, but it ensures that the Golf’s interior won’t feel outdated in a couple of years.

It seems that the Golf will to continue being the benchmark in the family hatchback class.

Facts at a glance

Model as tested: Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI 130 Style

Engine: 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol

Power: 128bhp

Torque: 200Nm

Max speed: 133mph

0-60mph: 9.0 seconds

†At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle 1£1,250 deposit contribution can consist of a contribution towards the cash price and/or a contribution towards the deposit when purchased on Solutions PCP. 2 Acceptance fee is not required. 3Payable at the end of your agreement. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Available on Golf 8 only. Ordered by 31/08/20 and delivered by 30/09/20 from participating Retailers. 36 to 49 month agreements only. Agreements with a term less than 46 months may receive a contribution less than the equivalent of 3 monthly payments however you will not be required to be make a monthly payment for the first 3 months. Indemnities may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. *Service plan must be purchased at point of sale and covers the first two consecutive services limited to 1x oil service and 1x oil and inspection service. Accurate at time of publication 13/07/20. Freepost Volkswagen Financial Services.