The New, Smarter VW Golf 8 Is Here, And There’s A 242bhp GTE Version

There may be no GTI yet, but the Golf 8’s GTE derivative is as powerful as the old GTI Performance
The New, Smarter VW Golf 8 Is Here, And There’s A 242bhp GTE Version

OK, we get it - the new VW Golf is not the most exciting thing to look at. The car was leaked a full day before the proper reveal, giving the Internet plenty of time to moan. We’ve lost the sharp lines of the departing Mk7, with the Golf 8 sporting a rounded, arguably less distinctive look.

But don’t panic: the real action is in the cabin. It’s a very smart space, isn’t it? There’s something quite Porsche 911-like about the interior, with its heavily defined horizontal lines. The dual-clutch gearbox models even get a similar rectangular gear selector to the 992.

The New, Smarter VW Golf 8 Is Here, And There’s A 242bhp GTE Version

Inside the Golf 8, you’ll also find a great deal of its tech. As standard, the car gets a 10.25-inch digital cockpit that looks a whole lot more interesting than the disappointingly basic one fitted to the Golf 7.5. It’s teamed up with an 8.25-inch infotainment screen, with two 10-inch versions available optionally if you’d prefer. Also on the options menu is a widescreen head-up display.

To ensure the latest Golf hits as many “hey millennial, please buy our car!” targets as possible, the 8 has both Amazon Alexa voice control and the ability to use your smartphone as a key. If you regret not adding any snazzy features when configuring the car, it’ll be possible to unlock a great deal of them - including adaptive cruise control - at a later date via VW’s ‘We Upgrade’ service.

The New, Smarter VW Golf 8 Is Here, And There’s A 242bhp GTE Version

Inevitably, a lot of the tech concerns things you can’t see, like assistance systems. There’s a new ‘Travel Assist’ facility with a lane-keeping function, although VW is keen to point out that you still need to be paying attention when using it. Keep your hands off the wheel for more than 15 seconds, and you can expect a digital telling off. Fail to heed the warnings, and the Golf 8 will activate ‘Emergency Assist’, slowly bringing the car to a halt.

The adaptive cruise control system is much smarter than before, using GPS data to automatically lower your speed when approaching corners, junctions or roundabouts. It’ll also adjust the speed when the limit changes via the ‘Dynamic Road Sign Display’. The Front Assist is better too, incorporating something called ‘Cyclist Monitoring’.

The New, Smarter VW Golf 8 Is Here, And There’s A 242bhp GTE Version

Powertrain-wise, the big news concerns the hybrids. Previously, there was the GTE PHEV, and, well, that was it. Now, you can have a 48-volt mild hybrid ‘eTSI’ setup on three of the range’s petrol engines - the 108bhp 1.0-litre inline-three, plus the 128bhp and 148bhp versions of the 1.5-litre inline-four. The eTSI allows the Golf 8 to coast along with the engine deactivated entirely, while giving a handy electric boost to get you off the line a little quicker.

Along with eTSI, there are now two full plug-in hybrids on offer. The two ‘eHybrid’ models pair a 1.4-litre inline-four turbo engine with a 13kWh battery pack, and although VW hasn’t said what the electric-only range will be like just yet, we do know how pokey they’ll be. The base version is good for 201bhp, while the GTE puts out a mighty 242bhp - as much as the old Golf GTI Performance.

The New, Smarter VW Golf 8 Is Here, And There’s A 242bhp GTE Version

Don’t go thinking this is the new GTI, though - VW will still launch a hot 2.0-litre-powered GTI plus a GTI TCR in the next year, and a 296bhp Golf R has already been confirmed. Manual gearboxes are very much on the agenda too - in fact, VW has gone to the trouble of developing a new one. The six-speeder will only be available on front-wheel drive, non-hybrid versions of the car, though.

Despite VW making a big song and dance about the electrification of the Golf 8, there are conventional diesel options here. A 2.0-litre TDI can be had in two states of tune: 108bhp, and 148bhp. A GTD will be arriving at a later date.

The New, Smarter VW Golf 8 Is Here, And There’s A 242bhp GTE Version

Away from the GTE, GTI, GTI TCR, GTD and R, four trim levels will be available. Golf, Life and Style replace the old Trendline, Comfortline, Highline models, with the top-level R-Line trim retained. Whatever you go for, though, you can expect more stuff as standard.

What kind of Golf 8 will it be for you?



So the MK8 Golf R will have slightly less power than the Mk7.5?

10/24/2019 - 19:17 |
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Bring a Caterham To MARS

In reply to by GOAT RIDER

Hell, less than the Mk6

10/27/2019 - 17:58 |
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Why does everything have to be so connected now? Why would anybody want their car to talk to other cars? Why would you use the internet to store car settings when you can just have a small solid state drive?

10/24/2019 - 19:32 |
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🎺🎺thank mr skeltal

No idea where you got the information from that the Golf VIII R will have just 296 bhp. There is nothing officaly confirmed about the next Golf R power output, it’s all just rumours. Even the rumours don’t back up the 296 bhp claim, almost all of them state around 300 for the GTI and closer to 400 for the Golf R.

10/24/2019 - 19:40 |
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From the press release: “Following the launch of all engines, their output stages will range between 66 kW/90 PS and over 221 kW/300 PS”. Normally when the word ‘over’ is used by manufacturers, it’s not ‘over’ by much

10/24/2019 - 19:49 |
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Yep, Australian publications put the Golf GTI at 221 Kw (thats your 296 bhp) with information on the Golf R outputs “to follow”.

10/25/2019 - 05:19 |
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EJ22 (A&P Performance co-owner)

That looks pretty nice, I really like the interior on that

10/24/2019 - 21:45 |
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Rip Golf GTI,we will remember you😭💪🏼

10/25/2019 - 04:15 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Umm… there is a mk8 GTI coming next year

10/25/2019 - 13:46 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

there’s 2 flavors of it bruh

11/07/2019 - 07:41 |
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It looks as if it’s parents made it attend a family reunion but all it can think about is playing on the Wii back home

10/25/2019 - 07:13 |
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Ben Anderson 1

the 8 has both Amazon Alexa voice control

That’s a hard pass from me, them. My sister works in global IT Security and she’s actively banned her employees from owning an Alexa device of any kind. Do not trust Amazon as far as you can throw them.

10/25/2019 - 07:55 |
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I agree. I don’t want any “smart device”, whether it be Google, Amazon, Apple, etc. listening to me as I drive. Especially since I sometimes say things to other drivers that I wouldn’t repeat in general company.

10/25/2019 - 12:34 |
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Evan Smith 1

Not normally a fan of VW, but this looks really nice, especially the interior.

10/25/2019 - 12:35 |
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I drove an new Audi A1 the other day and it looks almost completely the same.

10/25/2019 - 18:52 |
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I don’t understand the hate, there is nothing wrong with the looks if you ask me. The mk7 was pretty uninspiring and dull. I understand why VW decided to put this connectivity stuff in the new Golf, VW had to introduce something new in the Golf so why not Amazon Alexa, car connecting system thing, digital cockpit etc. and VW wants younger customers.

10/25/2019 - 13:49 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Did you forget car guys dont like change?

10/26/2019 - 15:54 |
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White Comet

too much “smart bullsh!t” in a car.
a hard NO from me.

10/25/2019 - 17:42 |
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