Volkswagen Golf

  • Bodywork compact
  • Puertas 5
  • Plazas 5
  • Power 110 - 320 hp
  • Consumption 1,1 - 7,8l/100km
  • Trunk 380 - 611 liters
  • Assessment 4,7

The Volkswagen Golf, the king of the compact. Since its birth in 1974, the German has become not only the benchmark in its segment, but also one of the most popular and successful cars in the world. It is also one of the longest running models on the market today. Throughout its 46 years we have seen the launch of eight different generations, the last of which came out of the Wolfsburg ovens just a few months ago.

It arrives with the difficult task of continuing to be the reference of the segment. Something that every day is more difficult to fulfill because of the increasingly common rivals. They don't make it easy for them as they improve by leaps and bounds recreating part of the success achieved by Golf itself. Nonetheless Volkswagen has improved the Golf with the promise of making it more interesting. Although aesthetically it is not entirely true.

The Volkswagen Golf is the most important model of the house, and therefore each release brings with it new features never seen before in the house. For this generation we are presented with a new design philosophy. One that extends what we already knew but with different touches to keep up to date. That same design philosophy will be extended, over time, to the rest of the house's models in order to unify styles and image.

Technical characteristics of the Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf mkviii front

The MQB platform of the Volkswagen group is once again the base on which the Golf rests. This scalar architecture has been renewed and revised to deal with a very diverse and versatile mechanical range. Thanks to this, the Volkswagen Golf shows a range of engines never before seen in the segment, the range and the brand. All this to adapt to the increasingly restrictive European regulations on emissions and pollution.

As is the case with other rivals on the market, the Golf will no longer have more three-door units. Sales have been dropping to purely residual levels for years now, so just like the old model, the eighth generation will not have a three-door body. But yes in other more functional ways such as the expected Variant body and an Alltrack unit with a clear country look that is located at a midpoint between compact and SUV.

Since the platform on which it rests is the same, the external measurements hardly vary with respect to its predecessor. The new Golf stays at 4,28 meters long, three centimeters more than before, 1,78 meters wide, 1,45 meters high. His battle is not modified either and he stands once again at 2,68 meters. That leaves us with a very optimal interior space and with very usable measures for both passengers and cargo. Its trunk volume ranges between 380 liters for the compact body and 611 liters for the Golf Variant.

Mechanical range and gearboxes of the Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf mk8 GTE charging

We are facing the most complete and diverse Volkswagen Golf in history. Although on the outside it does not change much, under its hood one of the most open mechanical ranges on the market is mounted. The new king of compacts arrives with a offer that includes all kinds of solutions and possibilities. Conventional thermal engines, plug-in hybrid solutions, gas units, Mild-Hybrid mechanics and 100% electric versions form the driving structure of the new Golf.

By power the range starts with the 1.0 TSI 110 horsepower. They follow the 2.0 TDI with 116 hp and 1.5 TSI with 130 hp, both with manual transmission systems or seven-speed automatic transmissions. At the same level of performance is the Mild-Hybrid 1.5 eTSI with ECO label and 130 hp, being able to reach a power of 150 horses. The 2.0 TDI also increases its performance in higher versions, reaching 150 horsepower.

At the top of the ladder we find the PHEV models with the configuration Golf e-Hybrid 1.4 TSI with 204 horses and 60 kilometers of autonomy. They are also the always sought after Golf GTI with the 2.0 TSI 245 horsepower. Same power for the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid. Above them all are the Golf GTI Clubsport 300 hp and Golf R with the 2.0 TSI block stretched to 320 horses. The latter always with seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Equipment of the Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf driving position

From doors inside, the German compact has taken a clear leap forward. Its presentation stands out for the great digitalization and the minimalist concept. When it comes to quality, Volkswagen has always been known for striking a fine balance between good materials and durability. The eighth generation Golf shows a very nice interior with excellent ergonomics for the driver and occupants.

As is customary at home, the Golf distributes its equipment in different finishing lines: Life and R Line, in addition to the specific versions of the Variant and Alltrack body. To these units we can also add the GTI, GTE and R models that have particular elements, both technologically and technically and aesthetically. Depending on the finish, more or fewer systems can be included with a different appearance in each case.

If we play with the configurator and start adding packages and optional equipment elements we recognize that The Volkswagen Golf is a technological wonder. Full LED headlights, digital instrument panel, connected services, keyless entry and start, browser, state-of-the-art multimedia system with 10-inch touch panel, parking camera, Amazon Alexa voice control, Car2X technology, and of course a impressive display of safety elements and driving assistants.

Test of the Volkswagen Golf in video

Volkswagen Golf according to Euro NCAP

For this eighth generation, Volkswagen wants to show that it has dedicated a lot of its efforts to the development of a more modern and safer car. After undergoing a small update in 2022, Euro NCAP rechecks the safety of the Volkswagen Golf, awarding it five stars once again. The independent body has certified the new Golf as one of the safest cars in its category. The results by sections are as follows: 88 out of 100 in adult passenger protection, 87 out of 100 in child passenger protection, 74 out of 100 in pedestrian vulnerability and 82 out of 100 in driving assistants and ADAS systems. Shared assessment with all bodyworks.

The Volkswagen Golf of Km 0 and second hand

Looking for a Volkswagen Golf in the second-hand channel is looking for one of the most marketed and sold cars in the world. Just open any search engine and realize it. It is also the best-selling Volkswagen in history, a model that has become the benchmark in the sector. This causes it to be one of the most desired but also one of those that maintain the highest selling price.

La average depreciation of the Volkswagen Golf It is one of the smallest in its segment. It is situated around 27%, relying on its good reputation, reliability and quality. This value is not increased by the fact of being a super sales model. Also, depending on the version we want to purchase, its price may not have dropped significantly. In the VO channel, we can find units of the first generations that start at 500 euros. While the last ones are expensive, between 13.00 and 49.500 euros depending on the version.

As for units of Km 0 we still find seventh generation Golf units No accumulated mileage. Volkswagen is in the process of selling the latest units, and that is the reason. The eighth generation is accumulating factory stock and soon the first units will arrive at dealerships. It will be at that time when we begin to discover the prices of the new Km 0 Golf. Although a great depreciation is not expected either.

Volkswagen Golf rivals

New Volkswagen Golf rear profile

The Volkswagen Golf was the forerunner of its segment. The C-segment was created from the launch of the first generation of this world blockbuster. That means that for a few years he dominated the market with an iron fist as there were no rivals. Today the C segment is one of the most popular and the Golf no longer walks alone for him. His rivals are counted by dozens, some of the most important are: SEAT Leon, Peugeot 308, Renault Mégane, Kia ceed, Mazda3, Ford Focus, Opel Astra and many more.


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Volkswagen Golf Prices

One of the usual problems of the Volkswagen Golf is the economic differential that exists with other rivals. Without reaching the budgets of premium brands the new Volkswagen Golf has a starting price of 30.700 No offers or promotions. That price corresponds to the 1.0 TSI version of 110 horses with Life finish. The most expensive of the family is the Golf Variant R with 320 horses and all-wheel drive. Its price starts at 55.630 euros, without offers or promotions.

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