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VOLKSWAGEN Golf Hatchback

2.0 TDI 150 R Line 5dr DSG
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Vehicle Information
List Price
£29,895.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
8.8 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
122 g/km
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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.
BODY GLASS
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4x interval delay
  • Heat insulating glass windscreen
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
BRAKES
  • ABS
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Front disc brakes
  • Rear disc brakes
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Front rear carpet mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Sports suspension
COMMUNICATION
  • Car2X communication
  • Mobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging function
  • Wireless app connect
DRIVER AIDS
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • Front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, audible with audio volume reduction when activated optical parking display via vehicles infotain system
  • Lane assist
  • Multifunction camera for distance control
  • Progressive steering
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Start/Stop function
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Digital cockpit
  • Discover navigation system - 10" touch screen, FM and DAB, USB C socket connection, Title and cover art display, Bluetooth connectivity 6 speakers
  • eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors with memory feature
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Carbon grey decorative inserts in dash and front door trim panels
  • Soul dashboard
ENGINE
  • Diesel particulate filter
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • R Line body coloured bumpers
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
  • Dynamic headlight range control
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Highway light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights incorporating turn signals
  • LED License plate illumination
  • Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
  • Rear lights incorporating LED technology
  • Welcome light
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • 1 Zone Air Conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel pedals
  • Centre console
  • Chrome plated surround to electric mirror button, window switch and air vent surrounds
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Glovebox
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • R Line door and side trim panel
  • R-Line leather wrapped multi function sports heated steering wheel
  • Removable luggage compartment cover
  • Sardegna cloth upholstery with front and outer rear seats Art Velour inner sides of bolsters
  • Woven fabric storage compartments in front and rear doors
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Ambient lighting - Customisable 30 colour ambient lighting
  • Ambient lighting, exterior illuminated styling elements at the sides
  • LED front reading lights X 2
  • Luggage compartment lighting
SAFETY
  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts pretensioners
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbags
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
SEATS
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Front seat lumbar support adjuster
  • Front sports seats
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats and front passenger seat
  • R Line front seats integrated head restraints
  • Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
SECURITY
  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with SAFELOCK and Start/Sop button (Keyless Go)
TRANSMISSION
  • XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 17" Valencia grey metallic alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant
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.
  • CO2: 99
  • HC: 23E
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1968
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Codes: DFGA
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Type: COMMON RAIL
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 5.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 4.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 3.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 4.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 4.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 5
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: TDI 150
  • Coin Series: R Line
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 5
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 150
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 2.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 12
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 8.8
  • BHP: 150
  • Engine Power KW: 110
  • Engine Power RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 266
  • Engine Torque MKG: 36.7
  • Engine Torque NM: 360
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1600
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 139
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: VALENCIA
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Height (including roof rails): 1491
  • Length: 4284
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9
  • Wheelbase: 2619
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1789
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 380
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1960
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1270
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 730
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1390
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 570
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. 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 Volkswagen's latest 'eTSI' mild hybrid tech included. 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 36 miles. You'll search in vain for a full-electric version to replace the outgoing e-Golf: Volkswagen's ID.3 model will cover 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. 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 just engines - the 1.5 TSI EVO petrol in 130 and 150PS forms and the 2.0 TDI EVO diesel 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 looking at pricing in the £23,000-£29,000 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

Across the range, fuel consumption is claimed to have improved by around 10%. The base 1.0 TSI petrol unit manages WLTP returns of up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 121g/km of CO2. The mild hybrid 48-volt electrical system that features on the volume 1.5-litre petrol Golf models should allow for a decent improvement in running cost efficiency. It recovers energy that would otherwise be wasted when slowing down, redeploying up to 16hp and 25Nm of electric boost under acceleration. The top 150PS version of the 1.5 TSI petrol unit manages up to 51.4mpg on the WLTP cycle, with up to 110g/km of NEDC-rated CO2 emissions, figures that the lesser 130PS version of this engine improves to 52.3mpg and up to 108g/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 49.6mpg on the WLTP cycle, with up to 112g/km of NEDC-rated CO2 emissions, figures that the lesser 115PS version of this engine improves to 67.3mpg and up to 91g/km. For the GTE plug-in hybrid, Volkswagen claims a combined fuel economy figure of around 240mpg and emissions of about 32g/km. The car's coasting function (available with DSG auto transmission) is always active helping with combined cycle WLTP figures we've just mentioned. Even more significantly, a new 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.

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£29,895.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
8.8 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
122 g/km
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VOLKSWAGEN Golf Hatchback

2.0 TDI 150 R Line 5dr DSG

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF HATCHBACK
Your Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£239.99
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,159.89 inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not included
List Price
29,895.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC