Volkswagen Announces the All-New Golf 8 in Wolfsburg World Premiere
The Golf has been one of the most successful European cars for over the past four decades – it is no surprise that the eighth generation of the model expects to uphold this trend.
Adding to the new generation of Volkswagens, the new Golf 8 has just recently revealed at VW’s Wolfsburg headquarters, just after the firm had launched the new ID.3 electric hatch.
Although the outside of the all-new golf looks iconically recognisable, the inside has had a technological renovation.
A Classic Favourite with More Bells and Whistles
The Golf 8 hopes to further VW’s success with evolved digital and connectivity technology, more safety features and by further electrifying the compact class.
In terms of the technology VW have used, the Golf is making the greatest leap forward since its debut in 1974.
The exterior of the Golf 8 has been refreshed, while the interior and its integral gadgets have been transformed.
VW state that the Golf 8 is to be a ‘truly modern hatchback’.
Other than a slightly wider profile than the familiar Golf shape, the Golf 8’s exterior now has new intricately designed headlights that promise to increase visibility and the overall safety for driving at night.
The Golf 8 has integrated fog lights as standard, however comes with the option to upgrade to LED lights that include Dynamic Light Assist. DLA automatically adjusts brightness when oncoming traffic is detected.
Sitting a little lower to the ground, the Golf 8 is expected to offer a more responsive performance.
The interior of the new Golf 8 contrasts past models the most – the upholstery is more premium, and the technology has been revolutionised.
The eighth segment of the Golf evolution showcases Volkswagen’s most advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems.
Taking centre stage within the new Golf is what is termed the ‘Innovation Cockpit’ - a large 10-inch display with much fewer buttons to navigate on the dashboard.
A lot of the usual dials and sliders that VW owners have been accustomed to now have touchscreen equivalents – tidying up the interface and offering easy access to many functionalities.
The Golf 8 includes voice control to operate a number of features. The driver may select between radio stations, scroll through their address book, or change course on the Sat-Nav.
Golf 8 owners may also use voice commands to adjust the setting of an optional Adaptive Cruise Control feature.
The new Golf 8 comes with an optional ambient lighting package, which gives drivers a choice in illuminating the interior. A selection of 32 different colours are available.
Plenty of Assistance
To further the Golf 8’s Driver Assistance experience, VW have included Park Assist, which reveals if a space is large enough to fit into and then parks for you.
Volkswagen have also incorporated Travel Assist into the new Golf model, which keeps the vehicle in the lane it’s travelling in.
Travel Assist can additionally automate acceleration and braking to make driving in heavy traffic less tiring for the driver.
The new Golf will be the first Volkswagen to launch onto the market with five hybrid options.
The choice will include a revamped GTE-badged plug-in hybrid - their most powerful hybrid option yet.
Due to go on sale in the UK early next year, look out for when the all-new Golf 8 becomes available at Vertu Motors.