Order books for the new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf have opened in the UK, with pricing starting from £23,875 until more variants are rolled out.
Initially, only two trim levels will be offered. Entry-level Life comes with standard kit such as 16in alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, ambient lighting and keyless start, as well as a 10.25in digital instrument display and 10.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav.
Wireless phone charging, a wi-fi hotspot and a three-year subscription to VW’s We Connect Plus services are also thrown in, as is ‘Car-to-X’ technology that will eventually allow the Golf to 'communicate' with road infrastructure and other cars around it. A comprehensive suite of standard active safety tech completes the tally.
The only other trim level for now is Style, which has 17in alloys, adaptive LED 'Plus' headlights, upgraded seats and upholstery, additional ambient lighting, decorative wood inserts and three-zone climate control.
The initial base price buys a 128bhp four-cylinder 1.5 TSI petrol engine, promising 49.6mpg combined. The 148bhp version is £600 extra and a 113bhp diesel is available from £24,875. Style spec starts from £25,470 with the same engine range, although it’s also offered with a 148bhp auto-only (DSG) diesel from £29,170. Prices for the estate have yet to be revealed.
Further engine variants due in the coming months include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motor and auto-only mild-hybrid 1.0 and 1.5 petrols. Sportier R-Line variants will arrive soon, too, as a prelude to the launch of the launch of hot GTE, GTI, GTD and R models later in 2020.
The latest version of the long-running family car – which was first launched in 1974, with more than 35 million sold since – goes on sale in five-door form only with new mild-hybrid engine options and a raft of new digital technology.
The new Golf was launched at VW’s Wolfsburg headquarters, with an initial reveal at this year’s Frankfurt motor show postponed so the firm could focus attention on its new ID 3 electric hatch. But while the ID 3 represents the next generation of Volkswagen, in the medium term it is likely to be dwarfed in sales by the new Golf. That’s why Klaus Bischoff, VW’s design boss, has referred to the new Golf as “an indicator of the present” that represents “what’s possible nowadays within the volume segment”.
The Golf’s engine line-up will include three new 48V mild hybrids and a revamped GTE-badged plug-in hybrid.
The entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol will be offered with 89bhp and 109bhp, while a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TFSI will come in 129bhp and 148bhp guises, all driven through a manual gearbox. The sole diesel on sale in the UK will be a 113bhp 2.0-litre TDI, available with manual or automatic transmission.