The Volkswagen Golf has returned, now in its eighth generation, with UK customers able to order the new model from 6 February. Prices for diesel models start at £24,875 with the Golf Life 2.0 TdI 115 PS (113 bhp) 6-speed manual. Volkswagen is describing the Golf 8 and the most connected car it has produced to date.
A new chapter in the history of Volkswagen’s best-selling car has started with the world premiere of the eighth Golf, which the company describes as “digitalised, connected, and intuitive to operate”. Hybrid versions will be launched at the same time. Speeds of up to 210 km/h (130 mph) are possible with assisted driving.
On 24 October, the Volkswagen brand will present the eighth generation Golf at a world premiere in Wolfsburg: featuring more digitalisation and connectivity than before, and “packed with innovations and sporting a highly expressive design”.
Volkswagen is readying a new eighth-generation version of the Golf. The company says the launch of the latest version of its best-seller – of which more than 35 million have been built – brings it into a new age: “the era of electrified drives, a digitalised and connected interior world, assisted driving and online-based functions and services”.
The Golf is turning 45. On 29 March 1974, the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg officially started production of what would become its best-seller. Since then, the successor to the legendary Beetle has sold more than 35 million units all over the world. In purely mathematical terms, a new Golf has been ordered somewhere in the world every 41 seconds, every day, without interruption, since the start of production (SOP) 45 years ago. That is an average of around 780,000 vehicles per year.
2019 Diesel Car & Eco Car Used Car Top 50 – Volkswagen’s Golf is in 19th place and is our Best Plug-In Hybrid Car
The Golf’s reputation makes it one of the most sought after used cars, and with suitably high residual values. Despite being around since 2012, the Mk7 still looks fresh, a fact aided by the subtle updates in 2017 that require a spot-the-difference comparison.
Volkswagen has enhanced the equipment of its popular Golf, with SE and SE Navigation trim levels now replaced by the new, more generously equipped Match specification. In addition to the equipment standard on the outgoing SE and SE Navigation models, new Match specification Golfs now receive a new alloy wheel design, front fog lights, Discover Navigation and tinted rear windows as standard
The European car industry had a solid 2017, with new registrations totalling 15.57 million, an increase of 3.1 per cent when compared to 2016 and the highest volume of registrations since 2007 when 16.02 million units were registered
A household name for good reason, it’s easy to underestimate the Golf until you spend time in one.