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Volkswagen GOLF HATCHBACK 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG

Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
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Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 1.5 eTSI 150 Life 5dr DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph8.5 secs
  • Top Speed139 mph
  • C02106 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
Power assisted speed sensitive steering
Adaptive cruise control ACC with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists)
Car2X communication
Digital cockpit
Driver alert system
Dynamic road sign display
eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
Lane assist
Mobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging function
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
Heat insulating tinted glass in side and rear windows
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 bumpers
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
Rain sensor
Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
Rear lights incorporating LED technology
Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
Welcome light
Interior Features
1 Zone Air Conditioning
10 colour interior ambient lighting
Maze cloth upholstery
Three spoke leather trimmed multifuction steering wheel
12V socket in front centre console
12V socket in luggage compartment
3 rear head restraints
Centre console
Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front cupholders x 2
Front seat lumbar support adjuster
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
Removable luggage compartment cover
Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
Storm grey roof lining
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
Wheels
16" Norfolk alloy wheels 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
Technical
Petrol Particulate Filter
XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling
Trim
Nature cross brushed decorative inserts
Soul dashboard
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 106
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 129
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 139
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 129
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 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 49.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 52.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 57.6
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 32.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 34.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 52.3
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 150
Coin Description eTSI 150
Coin Series Life
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 205/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear 205/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style NORFOLK
Wheel Type 16" 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 1880
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1270
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 575
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 690
Minimum Kerbweight 1305
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.9

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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Discover nav pro with streaming and internet - 10" touch, european map, 3D map, traffic info, branded point of interest, speed limit display, 3 routes £1,600.00
Driver profile selection £165.00
Head up Display £625.00
Park assist sensor controlled steering aid to assist parallel or bay parking features optical parking display via vehicle's infotainment system £200.00
Progressive steering £195.00
Rear view camera £300.00
Side assist - Electrically foldable door mirrors, puddle lights and reverse activated passenger door mirror £550.00
Travel assist including emergency assist £160.00
Travel assist with emergency side assist with electrically foldable door mirrors £710.00
Entertainment
Harman/Kardon sound system including 12 channel digital amplifier, 480 watt output and 9 speakers plus subwoofer £625.00
Exterior Features
Electric sliding/tilting panoramic glass sunroof with integrated roller blind £1,000.00
IQ.Light - LED Matrix headlights inc. dynamic cornering with LED interactive matrix dipped and main beam + LED daytime running light + 22 LED lights £1,750.00
LED Plus headlights with integrated cornering and poor weather light £875.00
Light assist - High beam assist ( Automatic sensing for switching between dipped and main beam) £145.00
Metallic paint £625.00
Pearlescent paint £1,040.00
Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards £245.00
Special solid paint £375.00
Trailer hitch mechanically swiveling and power detachable £785.00
Interior Features
3 zone climate with controls in the rear £450.00
Ambient lighting - Customisable 30 colour ambient lighting £150.00
Art Velour cloth upholstery + front sports comfort seats £375.00
Front + rear carpet mats £100.00
Leather heated multifunction steering wheel £280.00
Packs
Driver assistance pack with emergency assist - Golf £810.00
Lounge Pack - Golf £400.00
Winter pack including heated steering wheel - Golf £550.00
Winter pack with heated rear seats - Golf Life £1,200.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Atlantic blue £625.00
Metallic - Deep black pearl £625.00
Metallic - Dolphin grey £625.00
Metallic - Lime yellow £625.00
Metallic - Reflex silver £625.00
Pearl - Oryx white £1,040.00
Solid - Urano grey FOC
Special solid - Moonstone grey £375.00
Special solid - Pure white £375.00
Safety
Digital key £215.00
Rear side airbags including proactive passenger protection £475.00
Security
Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console £400.00
Technical
Dynamic chassis control (DCC) - variable suspension settings sport, comfort and normal with drive profile selection £950.00
Trim
Art velours cloth - Soul + front sports comfort seats £375.00
Art velours cloth - Storm grey + front sports comfort seats £375.00
Maze cloth - Soul FOC
Maze cloth - Storm grey FOC
Wheels
17" Ventura alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts £615.00
18" Dallas alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts £1,000.00
Space and weight saver spare wheel £100.00
* option prices shown are estimated