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A Golf, undeniably

  • Eighth generation. With its unique conception and design, the new Golf will revolutionize the compact category at the end of 2019 by giving a boost to innovation
  • Exterior design. Perfect proportions and marked lines give the new Golf a strong presence and a certain dynamism
  • Interior design. Digital user interfaces create a revolutionary design and simplify life on board
  • LED lighting. Night becomes as bright as day thanks to state-of-the-art LED technology as standard on the new Golf
  • Reference in the segment. New mood lighting pushes the boundaries of personalisation and driver interaction

Smart scanning for fast and intuitive use

  • The human being at the center. Displays and controls have gone digital for more intuitive use
  • Innovision Cockpit. The Golf is the first model in its price range to feature a full digital premium cockpit as standard
  • New voice command. Innovative voice control responds to natural language requests and is very easy to use
  • Mobile key. Compatible smartphones now make the classic ignition key superfluous for the Golf
  • The Golf is always connected. We Connect and We Connect Plus bring streaming services, internet radio and other online features on board
  • Functions on demand. The Golf comes with functions and systems that can be activated later using We Upgrade
  • Alexa requests. Alexa is directly integrated into the Golf. On demand, Alexa can play music, control compatible smart home devices, or view information like news and weather

The widest range of powertrains in its class with five new hybrid versions

  • Durability. More efficiency, less emissions: new engine technologies offer fuel consumption benefits of up to 17%
  • Hybrid campaign. The new Golf will be the first Volkswagen to be released in five hybrid versions (eTSI and eHybrid)
  • eTSI. The new Golf is the only one in its class to offer three high-performance 48V mild hybrid powertrains (81 kW, 96 kW and 110 kW)
  • eHybrid. The new Golf will be launched as a plug-in hybrid version with two power levels: 150 kW and 180 kW (GTE)


Equipped as standard with Car2X, the Golf sets new safety standards

  • Car2X. First Volkswagen with Car2X communication as standard, the Golf sets new standards in road safety
  • Head-up display on the windshield. Important information such as speed or navigation indications are displayed in the driver's field of vision
  • IQ.DRIVE. Travel Assist helps the driver by actively and intelligently intervening in steering, acceleration and braking up to 210 km / h
  • IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights. New Golf's interactive lighting technology dramatically improves safety at night

Smart systems to feel as good in the new Golf as at home

  • Personalization 2.0. The Golf memorizes the driver's settings and it is possible to retrieve them in the Cloud after a change of driver or vehicle
  • 3-zone air conditioning. Smart-Climate lets you intuitively activate air conditioning functions such as "hand warming" or "fresh air"
  • Harman Kardon sound system. The new high-end audio system from the American hi-fi specialist guarantees perfect acoustics in the Golf

With over 35 million copies, the Golf is Volkswagen’s best-selling. It’s a real phenomenon. The eighth generation of this bestseller is now entering: digitized, connected, anticipatory, intuitive and electrified in an innovative way. The Golf is truly avant-garde. With five hybrid versions, it electrifies the compact category. Its digital interior architecture brings a new dimension to intuitive operation and assisted driving is possible up to 210 km / h. It is also the first Volkswagen to use collective traffic intelligence via Car2X and thus warn of dangers in advance. Volkswagen is celebrating its world premiere where the Golf was born, and where it has been developed and built for 45 years: at Autostadt in Wolfsburg. The new Golf will hit the market in December.


The Golf is based on the latest Transverse Engine Modular Platform (MQB)

  • Golf innovations influence all models based on the MQB platform
  • Volkswagen produces more than 3.4 million vehicles based on the MQB platform each year


The engine of progress. The eighth generation of the Golf coincides with the launch of the new version of the transverse engine modular platform (MQB). As usual, the Golf is therefore more than just a model. Volkswagen’s worldwide success and Volkswagen AG’s rise to the top of the automaker’s rankings are directly linked to the Golf. Indeed, in 2012, it was the first model of the brand based on this extremely modular platform which allowed the development of world bestsellers, including Volkswagen models sold in several million copies, such as the Passat, the Jetta intended for the United States or the Chinese models Lavida and Sagitar which have met with great success. SUVs are not left out, since the Tiguan, the T-Roc or the Atlas model intended for the United States, share MQB genes with the Golf. Adding up the production figures of Volkswagen models built on the MQB platform for 2018 alone, the total already exceeds 3.4 million vehicles. At Group level, nearly 5.1 million models based on the modular transverse engine platform (MQB) were produced in 2018. All will benefit from the innovations of the Golf 8, which is the initial model and the flagship model of the MQB modular platform of the next decade.


Dynamic evolution of the exterior

  • Power, precision and LED technology characterise the exterior of the Golf
  • Drag coefficient (Cx) has been reduced to 0.275


A charismatic exterior. Since the launch of the first Golf 45 years ago, this Volkswagen has always been a vehicle combining everyday practicality with clean, precise design. The new Golf continues on this path. The perfect example of the perfect combination of functionality and aesthetics is its silhouette. The characteristic Golf C-pillar is a special aesthetic element: it brings dynamism to the front, concentrates the bodywork at the rear and recalls the iconic shape of the original Golf. The ideal relationship between the upper part (roof area plus glazing) and the body (part below the window line) also gives the new Golf a strong presence, while the plunging roof line emphasizes an authentic sporty character. The dynamic profile, the imposing rear, the charismatic front with its deliberately narrow grille and a peripheral dropout forming a clear line at the door handles are all striking elements. In all versions, LED technology replaces conventional lighting: the new light design thus becomes a dominant and characteristic style element of the Golf 8.

Dimensions and aerodynamics. Although the new Golf appears flatter, more elongated and more dynamic, it retains compact dimensions. It is 4,284mm long, 1,789mm wide and 1,456mm high. Its wheelbase is 2,636 mm. Every part of the bodywork has been remodeled and rectified in the wind tunnel, as evidenced by the aerodynamic values: the front face has been reduced to 2.21 m² and the drag coefficient (cx) to 0.275.


Digital revolution inside

  • The digital cockpit changes the way you drive
  • Digitization for intuitive control


An intuitive digital environment. The new instruments and the online infotainment system merge to form a digital cockpit. Key modules and tactile sliders enhance the digital environment of the Golf. An optional head-up display on the windshield completes the information system. Thanks to the tactile keys and a voice command recognising natural language, this coherent digitisation allows a very explicit and intuitive use. Volkswagen leaves no stone unturned: the interior reaches a new level of human-machine interaction thanks to digital displays and controls. The systems are connected to each other, but also to the world outside the Golf thanks to an online connectivity unit (UCO). The standard UCO with integrated eSIM connects to the online functions and services of We Connect and We Connect Plus. For example, the online connection makes navigation interactive, since points of interest displayed automatically along the route are now saved with practical information, such as the phone number to reserve a table in a restaurant in the using a smartphone or the Bluetooth interface. In addition, the digitised environment can be personalised as desired and adapted to each driver. In fact, the Golf’s digital and connected cockpit is about to change the way you drive. In this area, the technological advance is comparable to the launch of the first touchscreen smartphone. The new Golf is the start of a real revolution.


Assisted driving and collective intelligence to enhance safety

  • The new Golf lends itself to assisted driving up to 210 km / h
  • Car2X communication signals dangers in advance


Connected technologies. The Golf 8 sets the new status quo in the field of assisted driving functions in the compact class: integrated for the first time in the world in a model of the compact class, Travel Assist enables the so-called assisted driving of the Volkswagen on the motorway until 'at 210 km / h, without active steering, acceleration or braking. It improves comfort and safety, especially on long journeys. The new Golf is also the first Volkswagen to be connected as standard to its environment: the Car2X function uses information from other vehicles within a perimeter of up to 800 meters, as well as signals from transport infrastructure to warn the driver and transmit these warnings to other vehicles equipped with the Car2X function. Collective intelligence thus becomes a reality and marks the beginning of a new era for road safety, as warnings via Car2X with mass production models such as the Golf will quickly become the norm. The IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights with their partially interactive lighting functions are a further safety advantage.


Eight new engines for a reduction in consumption of up to 17%

  • The hybrid campaign is launched with the new Golf
  • Economical and innovative high-tech TSI and TDI engines


TSI, TDI, TGI, eTSI, eHybrid. The new Golf will be offered with the following engines: petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), natural gas (TGI), mild hybridization (eTSI) and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid). All gasoline and diesel engines are direct injection and turbocharged engines. With all engines on the market, power levels will range from 66 kW / 90 hp to over 221 kW / 300 hp. For the first time, the Golf will be available with eight types of engine. The range accommodates two three-cylinder petrol engines of 66 kW / 90 hp and 81 kW / 110 hp and two new four-cylinder diesel 85 kW / 115 hp and 110 kW / 150 hp. The new TSI engines show particularly low fuel consumption and emissions data, in particular thanks to the innovative Miller TSI combustion cycle. As for TDI engines, Volkswagen significantly reduced nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions thanks to a double injection of AdBlue® (Twindosing). The new TDIs would reduce fuel consumption by up to 17% compared to their predecessors. Finally, four of the Golf 8's five hybrid drives are also new.


Three eTSI and two eHybrid versions. The new Golf will be the first Volkswagen available with five hybrid powertrains. Its launch puts Volkswagen's 48 V technology in the spotlight: a 48 V belt-driven starter-alternator, a 48 V lithium-ion battery and the new generation of efficient TSI engines give rise to a new light hybridization powertrain. , called eTSI. Its tangible advantages translate into a reduction in fuel consumption of around 10% (according to the WLTP procedure) as well as a very efficient and comfortable start. Volkswagen will offer the Golf eTSI with three power levels: 81 kW / 110 hp, 96 kW / 130 hp and 110 kW / 150 hp. In addition, this eighth generation will be available with two plug-in hybrid engines. A new version of this eHybrid engine develops 150 kW / 204 hp, while a very sporty GTE version (evolution of the previous model) deploys 180 kW / 245 hp. Both Golf eHydrid's are fitted with a new 13 kWh lithium-ion battery, which offers great electric range and temporarily transforms the Golf into a zero-emission vehicle.



Quatre nouvelles finitions pour une personnalisation maximale

  • Golf, Life et Style au lieu de Trendline, Comfortline et Highline
  • La nouvelle finition R-Line remplace les packs R-Line


Redesigned finishes. Volkswagen has completely redesigned the equipment range of the five-door Golf. The Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trims offered so far are now a thing of the past and will be replaced by Golf, Life and Style trims, as well as a sporty R-Line version. The new finishes offer a much richer endowment than before. Even the basic equipment includes functions such as LED headlights and taillights, the Keyless Start comfort keyless start function, the Innovision Cockpit, the online mobile services and functions of We Connect and We Connect Plus, the multifunction steering wheel, automatic climate control, Lane Assist, a new steering assistant, the Front Assist neighbourhood monitoring system with anticipatory pedestrian recognition and Car2X. The independent models Golf GTI, GTI TCR, Golf GTD, Golf GTE and Golf R will be launched next year.


Technologies can be upgraded. Regardless of the equipment chosen, the technologies on board the Golf can for the first time be updated, but also be upgraded in many cases (subsequent activation via We Upgrade). Thus, the ACC adaptive cruise control, Light Assist, navigation, App-Connect (connection of smartphone applications), Wireless App-Connect (wireless connection of iPhone applications), a WLAN access point and the control voice can now all be activated later.




The digital cockpit: new spaces, connected in a functional and aesthetic way


Standard digital cockpit. The new Golf is an ultra-connected car to its owners, thanks to the standard digital instruments (Digital Cockpit) with a large 10.25-inch screen, the infotainment system (8.25-inch touchscreen with internet connection) and the multifunction steering wheel. The merger of the Digital Cockpit and the infotainment system creates a new all-digital architecture. The digital cockpit can be optionally supplemented with one of two 10-inch infotainment systems. Together with the Discover Pro navigation system, this set forms the Innovision Cockpit. A head-up display is also available, with information being projected directly onto the windshield and virtually floating in front of the driver. The lighting and visibility functions have also been redesigned and grouped together to make their use more intuitive. The lighting and heating of the windshield and rear window can now be controlled using a numeric keypad located to the left of the instruments. The central console has improved ergonomics: this space is more refined, in particular thanks to the knob of the shift-by-wire gear lever, now much smaller, of the double clutch gearbox (DSG). The new overhead console follows in the same vein, with its control system (including a tactile slider for the optional panoramic sliding roof) having also been digitised. An optional 400-watt Harman Kardon audio system ensures optimum acoustics on board.


Connected infotainment. All of the Golf's infotainment systems are paired with an Online Connectivity Unit (UCO) with eSIM. UCO and eSIM provide access to an ever-evolving range of online functions and services made available by the Volkswagen We ecosystem. We Connect (unlimited use) and We Connect Plus (free use in Europe for one or three years) can be used as standard on the new Golf. The optional We Connect Fleet service, a digital fleet management system, was designed for businesses.


We Connect includes the following functions:

  • Mobile key (if equipped, unlocking, locking and starting the Golf using a compatible smartphone), roadside assistance, vehicle status, Doors and Lights, automatic accident notification, status report vehicle, driving data, parking position, maintenance schedule.


Depending on the equipment, We Connect Plus contains the following functions in addition to those of We Connect:


  • Zone Notification, Speed ​​Notification, Horn & Flash, Online Burglar Alarm, Online Stationary Heater, Remote Stationary Ventilation, Lock & Unlock, Start Times (for Plug-in Hybrid versions), Air Conditioning (for Plug-in Hybrid versions) , recharging (for plug-in hybrid versions), online traffic and hazard information, online route calculation, petrol and charging stations, online map updates, car parks, search for points of online interest, online voice control, We Deliver (the Golf can receive deliveries and services), Internet radio, online streaming, WLAN access point.


We Connect Fleet offers the following functions:


  • Digital logbook, digital fuelling log, driving efficiency, GPS location and route history, consumption analysis, maintenance management.


Mobile key. In the future, the smartphone will become a vehicle key. We Connect will again serve as an interface. Compatible Samsung smartphones are configured for this through the We Connect app, and then authorised as a primary user through the infotainment system with a unique ID code. No mobile phone connection is required to use the smartphone as a mobile key. To open the Golf, simply bring the smartphone near the door handle, as with the Keyless Access keyless locking and starting system. To start the engine, simply place the smartphone on the central console (storage with mobile phone interface). It will also be possible to send the mobile key to friends or family members so that they can also use their smartphone as a vehicle key.


Personalisation. The personalised settings are saved directly in the Golf or in the optional Cloud, which allows them to be retrieved after a change of driver or vehicle. Depending on the equipment, the settings for the Innovision Cockpit, seat position, exterior mirrors and air conditioning, ambient lighting and the Coming Home / Leaving Home function are saved.


New engines: hybrid systems with 48 V technology or rechargeable system


Electrical efficiency. The range of powertrains offered for the new Golf includes gasoline, diesel, natural gas (CNG), mild hybrid systems and plug-in hybrids. All gasoline and diesel engines are direct injection and turbocharged engines. With all engines on the market, power levels will range from 66 kW / 90 hp to over 221 kW / 300 hp. For the first time, the Golf will be available with eight types of engine. In addition, a new 6-speed manual gearbox has been developed for front-wheel drive models, helping to reduce CO2 emissions.


Gasoline engines (TSI). TSI engines will be offered in four power levels during the first phase of market launch. They develop respective powers of 66 kW / 90 hp, 81 kW / 110 hp, 96 kW / 130 hp and 110 kW / 150 hp. The 90 hp and 110 hp versions are 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engines fitted to the Golf for the first time. The 130 hp and 150 hp TSI engines are 1.5-liter engines with a special feature: Active Cylinder Management (ACT). All engines up to 130 hp combine the efficiency of the Miller TSI combustion cycle with a Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbocharger. TSI engines come standard with a manual gearbox. From 110 hp, they will also be able to adopt a light hybridisation (eTSI) configuration with 48 V technology and dual-clutch transmission. Subsequently, three 2.0-liter TSI engines will follow for the Golf GTI, Golf GTI TCR and Golf R, as will a 1.5-liter TGI engine for models combining natural gas (CGN) and gasoline. .


Diesel engines (TDI). Volkswagen has newly designed the two direct injection turbo diesel engines for the Golf 8. The 2.0-liter TDI engines have an output of 85 kW / 115 hp and 110 kW / 150 hp respectively. They will both be available with a manual or DSG dual-clutch transmission and, in the case of the 150 hp version, with 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Engine efficiency has been significantly optimised to reduce CO2 emissions and improve engine responsiveness. In addition, the new AdBlue® dual injection selective catalytic reduction system ("Twindosing") reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80% compared to the previous model. The new TDI engines are therefore among the cleanest internal combustion engines. A high performance TDI engine is also provided in the new Golf GTD.


Mild hybridization (eTSI). The Golf's three mild hybrid eTSI engines make their world debut. A 48V belt-driven starter-alternator, 48V lithium-ion battery, and the latest generation of TSI motors with impressive efficiency, dramatically improve performance while dramatically reducing fuel consumption. These mild hybrid powertrains are still paired with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox and offer powers of 81 kW / 110 hp, 96 kW / 130 hp and 110 kW / 150 hp. ETSI engines have a powerful energy recovery function. The 48V system also allows switching to coasting mode with the internal combustion engine turned off, to save even more fuel. Restarting the engine is much more comfortable thanks to 48 V technology. In addition, the eTSIs offer very good starting performance thanks to the increased electric torque.

Plug-in hybrids (eHybrid). The eHybrid range will include a version optimized for 150 kW / 204 hp autonomy and a GTE version for 180 kW / 245 hp performance (total power in each case). The plug-in hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.4-liter TSI engine, electric motor, 6-speed dual-clutch DSG, and lithium-ion battery, among others. The new battery has an energy capacity of 50% higher (13 kWh) and therefore offers better electric autonomy. This makes it possible to cover almost any daily distance in town without local broadcasts.


Plug-in hybrids (eHybrid). The eHybrid range will include a version optimized for 150 kW / 204 hp autonomy and a GTE version for 180 kW / 245 hp performance (total power in each case). The plug-in hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.4-liter TSI engine, electric motor, 6-speed dual-clutch DSG, and lithium-ion battery, among others. The new battery has an energy capacity of 50% higher (13 kWh) and therefore offers better electric autonomy. This makes it possible to cover almost any daily distance in town without local broadcasts.



New in driver assistance and lighting: Car2X, Travel Assist and IQ.Light


Car2X improves safety. Thanks to Car2X communication, the Golf is the first Volkswagen to be able to exchange traffic information with other vehicles and transport infrastructure within a radius of approximately 800 meters. This exchange of information takes place in a matter of milliseconds. The application of a Car2X standard harmonized within the European Union and common to the various manufacturers (WLAN p / ITS G5) allows the transfer of information between vehicles of all brands and the infrastructures of all the countries of the EU. This "common language" is an essential condition for reducing the number of traffic accidents internationally. Car2X informs and warns the driver of dangerous areas. The following scenarios are identified: accidents, broken down vehicles, traffic jams, roadworks, emergency braking and intervention vehicles.


Travel Assist. The Golf's new Travel Assist system provides assisted driving up to 210 km / h. To do this, the system makes use of the adaptive cruise control ACC (longitudinal guidance) and the lane-keeping assistant Lane Assist (transverse guidance). Travel Assist is activated via the multifunction steering wheel. For legal and safety reasons, the driver should constantly monitor the system and have at least one hand on the steering wheel. Thanks to the new capacitive sensor system on the steering wheel, the driver just needs to touch the steering wheel. If he lets go of the steering wheel for more than 15 seconds, a series of warning signals (optical, acoustic, brake jerk) are emitted to attract his attention. At this point, the driver must react and grab the steering wheel, otherwise the Emergency Assist system will activate and bring the Golf to a stop.


Adaptive cruise control with anticipation function. The new generation adaptive cruise control also has an anticipatory function. The system calculates the position of the Golf on the basis of the GPS and route data from the navigation system and thus reduces the speed in anticipation when approaching turns, roundabouts, intersections, areas with speed limits and entrances agglomeration. At the same time, it uses the traffic sign recognition system via the front camera and adapts the speed as soon as a limitation is detected. In its most successful version, the cruise control also incorporates Traffic Jam Assist.


Front Assist. The Front Assist offers new features. This surroundings monitoring system, which uses a radar sensor and the front camera, warns the driver and brakes in an emergency when the distance to the vehicle in front is too close, and uses the City emergency braking function. and pedestrian detection, even at very low speeds in town. This feature is being expanded to include cyclist recognition, avoidance assistant and, for the first time at Volkswagen, a steering assistant.


Steering assistant. During left-turning manoeuvers, this system automatically brakes the Golf to a stop (by simultaneously emitting an audible and visual signal) if a vehicle approaches in the lane that the Golf is about to cross. Depending on the speed of the two vehicles, the steering assist can prevent the accident or mitigate the consequences within the limits of the system.


Adaptive chassis regulation system DCC. The DCC system is not a classic driving aid, rather it has an influence on the behaviour of the vehicle. The adaptive chassis control system constantly reacts to road conditions and driving conditions, taking into account, for example, steering, braking and acceleration interventions. The driver can adjust the mode to reduce body movement and adapt it to their preferences. The required damping for each wheel is calculated in fractions of a second and adjusted across all four shocks. The DCC system thus offers excellent driving comfort combined with optimal dynamic behaviour. The improved version of the new Golf allows advanced settings by adding an additional INDIVIDUAL mode to the previous defined COMFORT, ECO and SPORT modes. Using a slider, the driver can customise the chassis adaptive control mode in great detail and memorise it. Now it is also possible to select intermediate levels of known modes.


IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights. For the new Golf, Volkswagen will offer three types of LED headlights. The top-of-the-range version incorporates the IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights in the compact category for the first time. This system was first introduced in a similar form on the current Touareg, then transferred to the new Passat. The driver activates the headlights with Dynamic Light Assist. Depending on the Golf model, this system activates and projects up to ten different, partially interactive lighting functions onto the roadway using 22 LEDs per headlight matrix module. In addition, the IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlamps on the Golf for the first time include sweeping indicators. These have a positive impact on active safety thanks to their striking visuals.

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