VOLKSWAGEN Golf Hatchback

1.5 TSI 150 Match 5dr

VOLKSWAGEN Golf Hatchback - 1.5 TSI 150 Match 5dr

Vehicle Information

List Price
£28,310.00
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
N/A
0-62 mph
8.6 secs
Engine Size
1.5 CC
No. of Doors
5
CO2
126 g/km
By Line

This eighth generation Volkswagen Golf might just be all the car you'll ever need. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen has reimagined what its Golf family hatchback should be, this eighth generation model packaged very differently from its predecessor. Under the skin, hybrid engineering is prevalent further up the range but for potential buyers, what will probably matter most is the distinctive new nose and the classy minimalist cabin. Loyal Golf owners will find lots to like here.

Background

As one former Volkswagen Group Chairman once pointed out, 'the biggest mistake any Volkswagen Golf can make is to stop being a Golf'. Which is why the seven previous generation versions of this model have been marked by such gradual evolution. Visually though, this MK8 model certainly looks a little more distinct. Too much of a change? Only you can decide. In some ways, this eighth generation version isn't actually quite as much of a step forward as its predecessor. Most of the stuff you can't see is the same as before - the MQB platform and most of the engines for example. And the ground-breaking full-electric e-Golf is no more; Volkswagen wants to reserve full-battery-tech for its new ID family of models. Still, mild hybrid-tech features strongly and there are big steps forward in cabin design and quality. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Most of the engineware in this Golf is carried over from before and as usual, gearboxes include the normal 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG auto transmission options. The line-up starts with a 110PS 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit which is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Order this base three cylinder unit in DSG auto form and it'll come with the brand's 48V eTSI mild hybrid tech. The volume part of the petrol range is built around Volkswagen's familiar 1.5-litre TSI EVO powerplant, developing either 130 or 150PS. The faster 150PS version of this unit makes 62mph from rest in 8.5s en route to a maximum of 139mph and if you order it with the optional 7-speed DSG auto transmission, you'll get that 'eTSI' mild hybrid tech we mentioned earlier. There's also a Golf GTE plug-in hybrid which mates a 1.4-litre TSI 150PS petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor, creating a total system output of 245PS, yet offering an all-electric WLTP-rated driving range of 40 miles. An alternative e-Hybrid model uses a 204PS version of this PHEV powertrain and has a 44 mile range. You'll search in vain for a full-electric version to replace the outgoing e-Golf: Volkswagen's ID.3 model covers off that niche. The MK8 Golf GTI hot hatch also offers 245PS from an uprated 'EA888 evo4' version of the usual 2.0 TSI turbo petrol powerplant. A 300PS version of this 2.0 TSI unit features in the Golf GTI Clubsport. Or you can have it with 320PS and 4MOTION four-wheel-drive in the top Golf R. Both these top sporting variants come only with 7 speed DSG auto transmission. If you want a diesel, you'll find that Volkswagen has improved its 2.0-litre TDI 150PS offering, plus, as before, there's a 115PS version of this same TDI powerplant for entry-level customers. At the top of the range, the same engine develops 200PS in the top Golf GTD. From an engineering perspective, this MK8 Golf, like its predecessor, uses the same front-wheel drive MQB platform, here updated so as to offer greater structural rigidity. As usual, there's the option of Volkswagen's 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping system which works with a 'Driver Profile' driving modes system offering 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual' settings. And of course there's extra camera-driven tech, including an optional 'Travel Assist' system which combines Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane assist to allow 'hands-free' driving at speeds of 130mph. Which sounds vaguely alarming but which Volkswagen assures us is a significant safety aid.

Design and Build

From the front, you might think that this MK8 model line doesn't look especially 'Golf-like' with its lower nose and slimmer grille flanked by beady full-LED headlights. Different front bumper styling varies with different trim levels and the rear features a set of angular LED tail lamps. The rear hatch features the brand's latest logo above 'Golf' lettering and the arrow-shaped C-pillar design (a Golf signature feature since the fourth generation model) is carried forward onto this one. Dimensionally, this model is virtually the same size as its predecessor and as before, there's a choice of either five-door hatch or estate body styles. Inside, there's a radical difference over the previous model with a contemporary cabin dominated by a couple of screens. There's a 10-inch centre-dash infotainment monitor with the usual features - including 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring which can now be operated wirelessly. Complementing this is a 10.25-inch 'Digital Cockpit' TFT instrument display screen - the largest in the segment. Elsewhere, virtually all the traditional switches and buttons have made way for touch-sensitive ones - though buttons on the steering wheel and door panel do remain, as does the dash one for the hazard flashers. Rear seat space and boot capacity both remain much as before, so reasonably class-competitive.

Market and Model

To start with, there's a single five-door hatch body shape and just two trim levels, base 'Life' and plusher 'Style'. As we said earlier, there are three core engines - the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre TSI units; and the 2.0 TDI EVO diesel (offered in 115 and 150PS guises). The Golf has always been one of the pricier options in the family hatchback segment - and it still is. You're primarily looking at pricing in the £26,500-£35,000 bracket. In other words, this car, as before, has been price-positioned just above mainstream family hatch models like Ford's Focus and Vauxhall's Astra. And just below premium-badged family hatch contenders like BMW's 1 Series, Audi's A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. To combat the technology of ritzy models like these, this MK8 Golf arrives with quite a portfolio of optional semi-autonomous driving tech, including a 'Travel Assist' feature that allows the car to accelerate, steer and brake on motorways at speeds of up to 130mph. Standard equipment across the range includes a 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with an operating interface that responds to the command 'Hey Volkswagen', followed by whatever you want to ask. Also standard are the full-LED headlights and the 10.25-inch 'Digital Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen. Entry-level cars run on 16in wheels, but higher levels will gain 17-inch rims, plus extra ambient lighting options, chrome exhausts and leather trim options. Plush 'R-Line' models will get bespoke bumpers, trim elements and sports seats, with various similar tweaks featuring on the GTE version. Volkswagen also says that this MK8 Golf will be upgradeable, so if required, features like adaptive cruise control, light assist and a wi-fi hotspot can be added and enabled after you bought the car.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP-rated efficiency stats. Across the range, fuel consumption is claimed to have improved by around 10%. The base 1.0 TSI petrol unit manages up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 121g/km of CO2. The mild hybrid 48-volt electrical system boosts the returns of the 1.0 eTSI DSG auto variant to 54.3mpg and 118g/km. This electrified set-up recovers energy that would otherwise be wasted when slowing down, redeploying up to 16hp and 25Nm of electric boost under acceleration. The 130PS version of the 1.5 TSI engine manages 53.3mpg and up to 121g/km. The top 150PS version of that 1.5 TSI petrol unit manages up to 51.4mpg on the combined cycle, with up to 124g/km of CO2 emissions, while the figures for the mild hybrid eTSI DSG auto variant are 49.6mpg and 129g/km. If you'd rather have one of the more conventional TDI diesel units, you'll find that both are cleaner than before, with changes claimed to cut CO2 emissions by 17%. The 2.0 TDI EVO 115PS unit manages up to 62.8mpg on the combined cycle, with up to 118g/km of CO2 emissions, figures that the faster 150PS version of this engine improves to 61.4mpg and up to 122g/km in DSG auto form. For the GTE plug-in hybrid, Volkswagen claims a combined fuel economy figure of 176.6mpg and emissions of 36g/km. For reference, the alternative Golf eHybrid 204PS version of this model manages 235.4mpg and 21g/km of CO2. Across the range, the car's coasting function (available with DSG auto transmission) aids the efficiency figures we've just mentioned. Even more significantly, a redesigned AdBlue delivery system cuts nitrogen oxide emissions across the TDI range by 80%. Volkswagen plans to introduce mild hybrid into these diesel units too in the near future. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. We can't see why Volkswagen couldn't extend that mileage limit to 100,000 miles, since that what you get on its mechanically very similar Caddy model. Doing that though, wouldn't give Volkswagen dealers so much of an opportunity to sell extended warranty packages. There's one for four years and 75,000 miles or, if you plan to see a bit more of the world in your Golf, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package.

Summary

Where the MK7 Golf was radical in its engineering but conservative in its packaging, this MK8 model is the precise opposite. To some extent, it's a pattern we've seen before with this model line and in this case, the result is a very complete package. The Golf has always been slightly pricier than mainstream-branded family hatch rivals but lesser versions have sometimes struggled to justify that premium. With this eighth generation version, we venture to suggest that you'll feel much happier about parting with the extra cash. And you might even feel that this VW is a better home for your money than a pricier premium-branded model of this sort - the Audi A3 that shares nearly all of this car's engineering for instance. This is still, as a Golf always should be, a benchmark in its segment; a car that must feature highly on any family hatch buyer's shopping list. In short, this is still a Golf - with all the model line heritage, depth of engineering and inherent quality that this badge has come to represent. So nothing's changed. Even if everything seems different.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Activated carbon canister
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Advanced driver attention and drowsiness monitor
  • Driver alert system
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • E-Sim card for online connectivity
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Multi-color Digital cockpit pro, selection of different info profile possible
  • Multifunction camera for distance control
  • Navigation system
  • Oncoming vehicle braking when turning including swerve support
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Preparation for light assist system
  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • Voice Control with voice enhancement
  • Warning signal and warning light for front and rear seatbelts not fastened
  • We connect plus preparation
  • We connect preparation
  • Wireless app connect
  • Front and rear parking sensors (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front stabilizer bars (Available as no-cost option)
  • Lane keeping system (Available as no-cost option)
  • Rear view camera (Available as no-cost option)
ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Start-stop system with battery regeneration (recuperation - energy recovery during braking)
  • XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Comfort telephony + wireless charging, without wireless aerial connection
  • Digital radio reception (DAB)
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Infotainment system with 12.9" display
  • 6 Speakers - 4 in front and 2 in rear with central speaker (Available as no-cost option)
EXTERIOR FEATURES
  • 3rd brake light
  • Auto headlights
  • Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Chrome plated radiator grille inserts and light switch surrounds
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Exterior mirrors convex on the left and aspherical on the right
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heat insulating windshield made of laminated glass
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Rear exhaust tailpipe
  • Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Remote electrically foldable door mirrors, puddle lights and reverse activated passenger's door mirror
  • Standard bumpers
  • Welcome light with surround lighting
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror (Available as no-cost option)
  • Exterior ambient lighting variant 1 (Available as no-cost option)
  • LED Headlights (Available as no-cost option)
  • Light assist - High beam assist ( Automatic sensing for switching between dipped and main beam) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Rain sensor (Available as no-cost option)
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 2 USB C ports in front, 2 USB charging sockets on the centre console in the rear charging capacity upto 45W
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Front passenger seat
  • ISOFIX anchors for child seats on outer rear bench seats and on front passanger seat compatible for i-Size
  • Leather gearshift handle
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Rear cupholder and loadthough
  • Soul black instrument panel
  • Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
  • Standard pedal cluster
  • Storm grey roof lining
  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • 10 colour interior ambient lighting (Available as no-cost option)
  • 2 LED reading lights in front and rear (Available as no-cost option)
  • Black carpet mats (Available as no-cost option)
  • Climatronic (1 Zone) with preparation for climatronic (2 zone) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Door and side trim panel (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front comfort seats (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front seat lumbar support adjuster (Available as no-cost option)
  • Heated front seats (Available as no-cost option)
  • Leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel (Available as no-cost option)
  • Manual height adjustable front seats (Available as no-cost option)
  • Maze cloth upholstery (Available as no-cost option)
PASSIVE SAFETY
  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Autonomous emergency braking front assist with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Curtain and side airbags in front with centre airbag (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front disc brakes (Available as no-cost option)
SECURITY
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Preparation for alcohol interlock
  • Alarm with interior protection (Available as no-cost option)
  • Keyless locking and starting system keyless accesss with SAFELOCK (Available as no-cost option)
TRIM
  • Nature cross brushed decorative inserts for dashboard and front door panels and side trim
WHEELS
  • 17" Nottingham silver alloy wheels (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tool kit for tyre mobility set (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant (Available as no-cost option)
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
EMISSIONS - ICE
  • HC+NOx:Not Available

  • Particles:Not Available

  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:126

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH:131

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL:126

ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Camshaft:DOHC

  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes

  • CC:1498

  • Compression Ratio:12.0:1

  • Cylinder Layout:IN-LINE

  • Cylinders:4

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):74.5

  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):85.9

  • Engine Code:DXDB

  • Engine Layout:FRONT TRANSVERSE

  • Fuel Delivery:TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

  • Gears:6 SPEED

  • Number of Valves:16

  • Transmission:MANUAL

FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:No

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH:5.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL:5.6

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH:5.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL:5.5

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH:5

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL:4.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH:7.4

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL:7.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH:5.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL:5.5

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH:48.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL:50.4

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH:48.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL:51.4

  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH:56.5

  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL:58.9

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH:38.2

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL:39.2

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH:48.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL:51.4

GENERAL
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:No

  • Badge Engine CC:1.5

  • Badge Power:150

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Coin Description:TSI 150

  • Coin Series:Match

  • Generation Mark:8

  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:21E

  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12

  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Service Interval Frequency - Months:12

  • Service Interval Mileage:9300

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:60000

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3

  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available

  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage:Not Available

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1

PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):8.6

  • Engine Power - BHP:150

  • Engine Power - KW:110

  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:162

  • Engine Torque - MKG:22.4

  • Engine Torque - NM:220

  • Engine Torque - RPM:1500

  • Top Speed:139

TEST CYCLES
  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

  • RDE Certification Level:RDE 2

TYRES
  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Size Front:225/45 R17

  • Tyre Size Rear:225/45 R17

  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT

  • Wheel Style:NOTTINGHAM

  • Wheel Type:17" ALLOY

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height:1483

  • Height (including roof rails):Not Available

  • Length:4282

  • Wheelbase:2620

  • Width:1789

WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):50

  • Gross Vehicle Weight:1840

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):381

  • Max. Loading Weight:566

  • Max. Roof Load:75

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:1500

  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:670

  • Minimum Kerbweight:1274

  • No. of Seats:5

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:11.1

By Line

This eighth generation Volkswagen Golf might just be all the car you'll ever need. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen has reimagined what its Golf family hatchback should be, this eighth generation model packaged very differently from its predecessor. Under the skin, hybrid engineering is prevalent further up the range but for potential buyers, what will probably matter most is the distinctive new nose and the classy minimalist cabin. Loyal Golf owners will find lots to like here.

Background

As one former Volkswagen Group Chairman once pointed out, 'the biggest mistake any Volkswagen Golf can make is to stop being a Golf'. Which is why the seven previous generation versions of this model have been marked by such gradual evolution. Visually though, this MK8 model certainly looks a little more distinct. Too much of a change? Only you can decide. In some ways, this eighth generation version isn't actually quite as much of a step forward as its predecessor. Most of the stuff you can't see is the same as before - the MQB platform and most of the engines for example. And the ground-breaking full-electric e-Golf is no more; Volkswagen wants to reserve full-battery-tech for its new ID family of models. Still, mild hybrid-tech features strongly and there are big steps forward in cabin design and quality. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Most of the engineware in this Golf is carried over from before and as usual, gearboxes include the normal 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG auto transmission options. The line-up starts with a 110PS 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit which is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Order this base three cylinder unit in DSG auto form and it'll come with the brand's 48V eTSI mild hybrid tech. The volume part of the petrol range is built around Volkswagen's familiar 1.5-litre TSI EVO powerplant, developing either 130 or 150PS. The faster 150PS version of this unit makes 62mph from rest in 8.5s en route to a maximum of 139mph and if you order it with the optional 7-speed DSG auto transmission, you'll get that 'eTSI' mild hybrid tech we mentioned earlier. There's also a Golf GTE plug-in hybrid which mates a 1.4-litre TSI 150PS petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor, creating a total system output of 245PS, yet offering an all-electric WLTP-rated driving range of 40 miles. An alternative e-Hybrid model uses a 204PS version of this PHEV powertrain and has a 44 mile range. You'll search in vain for a full-electric version to replace the outgoing e-Golf: Volkswagen's ID.3 model covers off that niche. The MK8 Golf GTI hot hatch also offers 245PS from an uprated 'EA888 evo4' version of the usual 2.0 TSI turbo petrol powerplant. A 300PS version of this 2.0 TSI unit features in the Golf GTI Clubsport. Or you can have it with 320PS and 4MOTION four-wheel-drive in the top Golf R. Both these top sporting variants come only with 7 speed DSG auto transmission. If you want a diesel, you'll find that Volkswagen has improved its 2.0-litre TDI 150PS offering, plus, as before, there's a 115PS version of this same TDI powerplant for entry-level customers. At the top of the range, the same engine develops 200PS in the top Golf GTD. From an engineering perspective, this MK8 Golf, like its predecessor, uses the same front-wheel drive MQB platform, here updated so as to offer greater structural rigidity. As usual, there's the option of Volkswagen's 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping system which works with a 'Driver Profile' driving modes system offering 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual' settings. And of course there's extra camera-driven tech, including an optional 'Travel Assist' system which combines Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane assist to allow 'hands-free' driving at speeds of 130mph. Which sounds vaguely alarming but which Volkswagen assures us is a significant safety aid.

Design and Build

From the front, you might think that this MK8 model line doesn't look especially 'Golf-like' with its lower nose and slimmer grille flanked by beady full-LED headlights. Different front bumper styling varies with different trim levels and the rear features a set of angular LED tail lamps. The rear hatch features the brand's latest logo above 'Golf' lettering and the arrow-shaped C-pillar design (a Golf signature feature since the fourth generation model) is carried forward onto this one. Dimensionally, this model is virtually the same size as its predecessor and as before, there's a choice of either five-door hatch or estate body styles. Inside, there's a radical difference over the previous model with a contemporary cabin dominated by a couple of screens. There's a 10-inch centre-dash infotainment monitor with the usual features - including 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring which can now be operated wirelessly. Complementing this is a 10.25-inch 'Digital Cockpit' TFT instrument display screen - the largest in the segment. Elsewhere, virtually all the traditional switches and buttons have made way for touch-sensitive ones - though buttons on the steering wheel and door panel do remain, as does the dash one for the hazard flashers. Rear seat space and boot capacity both remain much as before, so reasonably class-competitive.

Market and Model

To start with, there's a single five-door hatch body shape and just two trim levels, base 'Life' and plusher 'Style'. As we said earlier, there are three core engines - the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre TSI units; and the 2.0 TDI EVO diesel (offered in 115 and 150PS guises). The Golf has always been one of the pricier options in the family hatchback segment - and it still is. You're primarily looking at pricing in the £26,500-£35,000 bracket. In other words, this car, as before, has been price-positioned just above mainstream family hatch models like Ford's Focus and Vauxhall's Astra. And just below premium-badged family hatch contenders like BMW's 1 Series, Audi's A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. To combat the technology of ritzy models like these, this MK8 Golf arrives with quite a portfolio of optional semi-autonomous driving tech, including a 'Travel Assist' feature that allows the car to accelerate, steer and brake on motorways at speeds of up to 130mph. Standard equipment across the range includes a 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with an operating interface that responds to the command 'Hey Volkswagen', followed by whatever you want to ask. Also standard are the full-LED headlights and the 10.25-inch 'Digital Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen. Entry-level cars run on 16in wheels, but higher levels will gain 17-inch rims, plus extra ambient lighting options, chrome exhausts and leather trim options. Plush 'R-Line' models will get bespoke bumpers, trim elements and sports seats, with various similar tweaks featuring on the GTE version. Volkswagen also says that this MK8 Golf will be upgradeable, so if required, features like adaptive cruise control, light assist and a wi-fi hotspot can be added and enabled after you bought the car.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP-rated efficiency stats. Across the range, fuel consumption is claimed to have improved by around 10%. The base 1.0 TSI petrol unit manages up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 121g/km of CO2. The mild hybrid 48-volt electrical system boosts the returns of the 1.0 eTSI DSG auto variant to 54.3mpg and 118g/km. This electrified set-up recovers energy that would otherwise be wasted when slowing down, redeploying up to 16hp and 25Nm of electric boost under acceleration. The 130PS version of the 1.5 TSI engine manages 53.3mpg and up to 121g/km. The top 150PS version of that 1.5 TSI petrol unit manages up to 51.4mpg on the combined cycle, with up to 124g/km of CO2 emissions, while the figures for the mild hybrid eTSI DSG auto variant are 49.6mpg and 129g/km. If you'd rather have one of the more conventional TDI diesel units, you'll find that both are cleaner than before, with changes claimed to cut CO2 emissions by 17%. The 2.0 TDI EVO 115PS unit manages up to 62.8mpg on the combined cycle, with up to 118g/km of CO2 emissions, figures that the faster 150PS version of this engine improves to 61.4mpg and up to 122g/km in DSG auto form. For the GTE plug-in hybrid, Volkswagen claims a combined fuel economy figure of 176.6mpg and emissions of 36g/km. For reference, the alternative Golf eHybrid 204PS version of this model manages 235.4mpg and 21g/km of CO2. Across the range, the car's coasting function (available with DSG auto transmission) aids the efficiency figures we've just mentioned. Even more significantly, a redesigned AdBlue delivery system cuts nitrogen oxide emissions across the TDI range by 80%. Volkswagen plans to introduce mild hybrid into these diesel units too in the near future. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. We can't see why Volkswagen couldn't extend that mileage limit to 100,000 miles, since that what you get on its mechanically very similar Caddy model. Doing that though, wouldn't give Volkswagen dealers so much of an opportunity to sell extended warranty packages. There's one for four years and 75,000 miles or, if you plan to see a bit more of the world in your Golf, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package.

Summary

Where the MK7 Golf was radical in its engineering but conservative in its packaging, this MK8 model is the precise opposite. To some extent, it's a pattern we've seen before with this model line and in this case, the result is a very complete package. The Golf has always been slightly pricier than mainstream-branded family hatch rivals but lesser versions have sometimes struggled to justify that premium. With this eighth generation version, we venture to suggest that you'll feel much happier about parting with the extra cash. And you might even feel that this VW is a better home for your money than a pricier premium-branded model of this sort - the Audi A3 that shares nearly all of this car's engineering for instance. This is still, as a Golf always should be, a benchmark in its segment; a car that must feature highly on any family hatch buyer's shopping list. In short, this is still a Golf - with all the model line heritage, depth of engineering and inherent quality that this badge has come to represent. So nothing's changed. Even if everything seems different.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Activated carbon canister
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Advanced driver attention and drowsiness monitor
  • Driver alert system
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • E-Sim card for online connectivity
  • eCall emergency call system
  • Multi-color Digital cockpit pro, selection of different info profile possible
  • Multifunction camera for distance control
  • Navigation system
  • Oncoming vehicle braking when turning including swerve support
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Preparation for light assist system
  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • Voice Control with voice enhancement
  • Warning signal and warning light for front and rear seatbelts not fastened
  • We connect plus preparation
  • We connect preparation
  • Wireless app connect
  • Front and rear parking sensors (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front stabilizer bars (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Lane keeping system (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Rear view camera (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
ENGINE/DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Start-stop system with battery regeneration (recuperation - energy recovery during braking)
  • XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Comfort telephony + wireless charging, without wireless aerial connection
  • Digital radio reception (DAB)
  • Diversity antenna for FM reception
  • Infotainment system with 12.9" display
  • 6 Speakers - 4 in front and 2 in rear with central speaker (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
EXTERIOR FEATURES
  • 3rd brake light
  • Auto headlights
  • Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Chrome plated radiator grille inserts and light switch surrounds
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • Exterior mirrors convex on the left and aspherical on the right
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heat insulating windshield made of laminated glass
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Rear exhaust tailpipe
  • Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Remote electrically foldable door mirrors, puddle lights and reverse activated passenger's door mirror
  • Standard bumpers
  • Welcome light with surround lighting
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Exterior ambient lighting variant 1 (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • LED Headlights (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Light assist - High beam assist ( Automatic sensing for switching between dipped and main beam) (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Rain sensor (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 2 USB C ports in front, 2 USB charging sockets on the centre console in the rear charging capacity upto 45W
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Front passenger seat
  • ISOFIX anchors for child seats on outer rear bench seats and on front passanger seat compatible for i-Size
  • Leather gearshift handle
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Rear cupholder and loadthough
  • Soul black instrument panel
  • Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
  • Standard pedal cluster
  • Storm grey roof lining
  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • 10 colour interior ambient lighting (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • 2 LED reading lights in front and rear (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Black carpet mats (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Climatronic (1 Zone) with preparation for climatronic (2 zone) (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Door and side trim panel (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front comfort seats (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front seat lumbar support adjuster (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Heated front seats (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Manual height adjustable front seats (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Maze cloth upholstery (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
PASSIVE SAFETY
  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Autonomous emergency braking front assist with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • Curtain and side airbags in front with centre airbag (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Front disc brakes (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
SECURITY
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Preparation for alcohol interlock
  • Alarm with interior protection (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Keyless locking and starting system keyless accesss with SAFELOCK (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
TRIM
  • Nature cross brushed decorative inserts for dashboard and front door panels and side trim
WHEELS
  • 17" Nottingham silver alloy wheels (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tool kit for tyre mobility set (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
  • Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant (Available as no-cost option) (Available as no-cost option)
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EMISSIONS - ICE
  • HC+NOx:Not Available

  • Particles:Not Available

  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb:126

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH:131

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL:126

ENGINE AND DRIVE TRAIN
  • Camshaft:DOHC

  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes

  • CC:1498

  • Compression Ratio:12.0:1

  • Cylinder Layout:IN-LINE

  • Cylinders:4

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):74.5

  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):85.9

  • Engine Code:DXDB

  • Engine Layout:FRONT TRANSVERSE

  • Fuel Delivery:TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

  • Gears:6 SPEED

  • Number of Valves:16

  • Transmission:MANUAL

FUEL CONSUMPTION - ICE
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:No

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH:5.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL:5.6

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH:5.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL:5.5

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH:5

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL:4.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH:7.4

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL:7.2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH:5.8

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL:5.5

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH:48.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL:50.4

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH:48.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL:51.4

  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH:56.5

  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL:58.9

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH:38.2

  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL:39.2

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH:48.7

  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL:51.4

GENERAL
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying:No

  • Badge Engine CC:1.5

  • Badge Power:150

  • Based On ID:Not Available

  • Coin Description:TSI 150

  • Coin Series:Match

  • Generation Mark:8

  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:21E

  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:12

  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No

  • Service Interval Frequency - Months:12

  • Service Interval Mileage:9300

  • Special Edition:No

  • Special Order:No

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:60000

  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3

  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available

  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage:Not Available

  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1

PERFORMANCE
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):8.6

  • Engine Power - BHP:150

  • Engine Power - KW:110

  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:162

  • Engine Torque - MKG:22.4

  • Engine Torque - NM:220

  • Engine Torque - RPM:1500

  • Top Speed:139

TEST CYCLES
  • Emissions Test Cycle:WLTP

  • RDE Certification Level:RDE 2

TYRES
  • Alloys?:Yes

  • Space Saver?:No

  • Tyre Size Front:225/45 R17

  • Tyre Size Rear:225/45 R17

  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT

  • Wheel Style:NOTTINGHAM

  • Wheel Type:17" ALLOY

VEHICLE DIMENSIONS
  • Height:1483

  • Height (including roof rails):Not Available

  • Length:4282

  • Wheelbase:2620

  • Width:1789

WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):50

  • Gross Vehicle Weight:1840

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):381

  • Max. Loading Weight:566

  • Max. Roof Load:75

  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:1500

  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:670

  • Minimum Kerbweight:1274

  • No. of Seats:5

  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:11.1

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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£236.35
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,127.17 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£196.96
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,772.64 Ex VAT
Contract Term
24 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
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Vehicle Information
List Price
£28,310.00
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
Engine Size
1.5 CC
No. of Doors
5
CO2
126 g/km
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