IT House reported on January 24th that Volkswagen has made a mid-term change to its iconic compact car golf. In order to remain competitive in the market segment dominated by crossover vehicles, Mk8.5 Golf has rejuvenated this classic model through sharper design, brand-new infotainment system and some mechanical improvements.
There are many versions of the new golf released this time. Hatchbacks include eHybrid and GTE plug-in hybrid vehicles, as well as GTI specially supplied by the United States. The more practical Variant wagon appeared in the form of R-Line. The only missing models in the lineup are all-wheel drive R and GTD high-performance diesel versions.
The biggest change in the appearance of the new car is the redesigned LED headlights. The high-equipped models adopt full LED headlights with a luminous VW logo. In addition, consumers can also choose more complex matrix LED light groups, and the brightness of high beam is twice that of ordinary high beam. The taillights have also been upgraded, adopting 3D graphic design similar to some Audi models, and providing three optional patterns.
IT House noticed that four new metallic paints (Crystal Ice Blue, Anemone Blue, Oyster Silver and Pomegranate Black) and five alloy wheel designs were added to the new golf, with sizes ranging from 16 to 19 inches. Bumpers of all Golf, Life, Style, R-Line, GTE and GTI models are slightly different, and all models above Style adopt black roofs.
Like the golf before the change, the more practical wagon body will not provide eHybrid, GTE and GTI versions.
The interior of the new golf was unveiled at CES earlier this month, bringing back the traditional steering wheel buttons. The biggest change in the interior is that it is equipped with the next-generation infotainment system, equipped with a large flat-panel central control screen, with a low version of 10.4 inches and a high version of 12.9 inches. The air conditioning control slider still exists, but it can shine, and the new car can also be equipped with a head-up display.
Entry-level golf will be equipped with a 1.5 TSI gasoline engine with an output of 113 or 148 HP, both of which will transmit power to the front axle through a six-speed manual gearbox. The light-mixed version of the engine is called 1.5 eTSI, with the same output power, but only equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
If you need more power, there is a bigger 2.0 TSI engine with an output of 201 HP and a seven-speed DSG gearbox. In terms of diesel version, the tried and tested 2.0 TDI engine has two versions, with 113 horsepower (matching the six-speed manual gearbox) and 148 horsepower (matching the seven-speed DSG gearbox). Both versions of diesel engines are only driven by the front wheels.
The new car also offers a plug-in hybrid version of eHybrid with an output of 201 HP, equipped with a six-speed DSG gearbox and front-wheel drive. This model uses a larger lithium-ion battery pack (from 10.6 kWh to 19.7 kWh), and the pure electric cruising range can reach 62 miles (100 kilometers). The maximum cruising range of the previous generation Golf eHybrid is 50 miles (80 kilometers). This model now supports 11 kW (previously 3.6 kW) AC charging and 50 kW DC charging. It takes only 25 minutes for the battery to be charged from 10% to 80%, and the comprehensive battery life reaches 621 miles (1000 km).
As for the more powerful Golf GTE, its comprehensive output power is 268 horsepower, which is transmitted to the front axle through the six-speed DSG gearbox.
The most powerful golf GTI in the new lineup uses Alfa Romeo-style wheels, and the manual version is cancelled. Instead, it is a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox with an output of 261 horsepower, which is 20 horsepower more than the model before the change. It is driven by front wheels.