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Volkswagen GOLF HATCHBACK 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr

Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
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Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 TSI 150 R Line 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph8.5 secs
  • Top Speed139 mph
  • C02112 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

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.

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

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 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 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 looking at pricing in the £23,000-£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. 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.

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Driver Convenience
Discover navigation system - 10" touch screen, FM and DAB, USB C socket connection, Title and cover art display, Bluetooth connectivity + 6 speakers
Front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, audible with audio volume reduction when activated + optical parking display via vehicles infotain system
Multifunction camera for distance control
Adaptive cruise control ACC with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists)
Car2X communication
Digital cockpit
Driver alert system
Driver profile selection
Dynamic road sign display
eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
Lane assist
Mobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging function
Progressive steering
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
Start/Stop function
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Wireless app connect
Exterior Features
Dynamic headlight range control
Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4x interval delay
LED daytime running lights
LED headlights incorporating turn signals
Solid paint
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
Body colour rear roof spoiler
Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors with memory feature
Front and rear electric windows
Heat insulating glass windscreen
Heated rear windscreen
High level 3rd brake light
Highway light
LED License plate illumination
R Line body coloured bumpers
Rain sensor
Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
Rear lights incorporating LED technology
Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
Welcome light
Interior Features
1 Zone Air Conditioning
12V socket in front centre console
12V socket in luggage compartment
3 rear head restraints
Ambient lighting - Customisable 30 colour ambient lighting
Ambient lighting, exterior illuminated styling elements at the sides
Black roof lining
Brushed stainless steel pedals
Centre console
Chrome plated surround to electric mirror button, window switch and air vent surrounds
Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
Front + rear carpet mats
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front cupholders x 2
Front seat lumbar support adjuster
Front sports seats
Glovebox
Height adjustable front seats
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats and front passenger seat
LED front reading lights X 2
Luggage compartment lighting
R Line door and side trim panel
R Line front seats integrated head restraints
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
Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
Woven fabric storage compartments in front and rear doors
Security
Remote central locking with SAFELOCK and Start/Sop button (Keyless Go)
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Electronic engine immobiliser
Technical
Sports suspension
Petrol Particulate Filter
XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling
Wheels
17" Valencia grey metallic alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts
Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant
Entertainment
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
Safety
3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
3 rear three point seatbelts
ABS
Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
Extended pedestrian protection measures
Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbags
Front disc brakes
Rear disc brakes
Two tone horn
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Trim
Carbon grey decorative inserts in dash and front door trim panels
Soul dashboard
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 112
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 128
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 134
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 128
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1498
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code DADA
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 - Max 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 51.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 55.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 58.9
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 35.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 36.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 49.6
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 150
Coin Description TSI 150
Coin Series R Line
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 20E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.5
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
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 VALENCIA
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1491
Length 4284
Wheelbase 2619
Width 1789
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1840
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1270
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 575
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 670
Minimum Kerbweight 1265
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.9

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