2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 Available Engines And Interior Review

2020 Golf 8 Crash Test

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf 8 features a high-class cabin and has great handling. The new Golf is 29mm longer, 10mm narrower and 4mm taller than before. Despite the subtle increase in size, Volkswagen has managed to improve aerodynamic efficiency...
The new Golf’s engine line-up includes three new turbocharged petrol-based eTSI mild hybrids that use a 48-volt electric drive system, and a revised petrol-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain offering two different states of tune.

The eTSI units start with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine giving 81kW, with the 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol power plant featured here offering 96kW and 110kW.

All claim to boast a 10 per cent improvement in fuel economy over the non-electrified drivetrains they replace through new functions such as engine-off coasting.

The plug-in hybrid drivetrains combine Volkswagen’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a gearbox-mounted electric motor, offering 110kW and 180kW in a new performance-based GTE model.

A 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI engine with 85kW and 110kW is also available. Gearboxes include six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch units depending on the engine they are mated to.
Alongside standard front-wheel drive, selected Golf models will also be available with optional 4Motion four-wheel drive. 

Volkswagen also plans to launch new GTi, GTD and R variants of the new Golf within the next 12 months. 


Golf 8 features a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster with either a 8.25-inch or optional 10.0-inch central touchscreen for the infotainment functions.
Together with a new multi-function steering wheel, they form a vastly different driving environment than that of previous incarnations of the Volkswagen best.

There are very few physical buttons. All the major controls, including for the ventilation and driving modes, are housed within a touch-sensitive panel below the central display. A 'slider' is used to regulate various functions, including the volume. 

Volkswagen offers a voice-control system too, that is activated with a 'Hello Volkswagen' command. Golf 8 has ambient lighting strips within the dashboard and door trims, as well as a host of other new optional features, including an excellent new head-up display, which is available on the Golf for the first time and is a highly recommended addition.

This Golf features the latest third-generation version of Volkswagen MIB infotainment system. It is permanently connected to the internet via an embedded eSIM, enabling online music streaming and real-time traffic information among other online features.

Volkswagen has also upgraded the Golf’s driver-assistance systems, including optional Travel Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane assist to enable “assisted hand-off driving” at speeds up to 130mph.

This car is the first Volkswagen model to feature Car2X (car-to-everything) technology based on the harmonised European Union standard. It uses information generated by other vehicles and the road infrastructure to warn of tailbacks and the like.

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