2020 Volkswagen Golf: Entry-level one-litre engine added to range
Volkswagen has expanded the all-new Golf range even further, with the addition of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which will act as the new entry-point to the popular model.
Initially the Golf can be specified in two trim levels, Life and Style. The Golf Life (£23,875) features a variety of standard equipment including 16in alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, and keyless start. Safety features include lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and dynamic road sign display.
Interior features include a 10.25in Active Info Display for the driver, as well as 10in Discover Navigation touch-screen infotainment system. This comes complete with DAB and FM radio, as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity with Wireless App-Connect.
The Golf Style (£25,470) adds to this with a set of 17in alloy wheels and modified front LEDs. The interior features ambient lighting and ‘Luxury Brown Wood’ decorative inserts which help contribute to a more elegant and sophisticated atmosphere.
Optional extras across the range include head-up display, keyless entry, and Dynamic Chassis Control which allows drivers to adjust the adaptive dampers to tailor the car’s comfort and handling to their preference.
The eighth-generation Golf opened for order this year with two 1.5-litre petrol engines and two 2.0-litre diesel units on offer, while a month later the advanced 1.5 eTSI mild-hybrid was made available. With the arrival of this frugal new powertrain option, the entry-price of the Golf is now £23,300 OTR, for the Golf Life 1.0 TSI 110 PS 6-speed manual. A mild-hybrid version of this engine with standard dual clutch gearbox (DSG) will be available at a later date.
Everything you need to know about the 2020 Volkswagen Golf
Say hello to the 2020 Volkswagen Golf. The next generation of the iconic hatchback has just been revealed, with VW claiming the Golf has undergone its biggest transformation since it first hit the road more than four decades ago.
Externally, it’s an evolution, not revolution – as ever. It looks wider at the front than before courtesy of a thin set of lights that actually stretch across the front of the car. It’s longer too, while the bumper has also grown in size.
The whole car looks sharper than before, although the iconic silhouette is still very much a key feature – especially from the rear. Both the headlights and tail lights are now LED units too, while VW’s IQ lighting system will be available as an option. This adds a camera that detects oncoming vehicles and adjusts the headlight aim accordingly.
Inside, all Golfs now feature a 10in touchscreen infotainment screen, while a 10in digital driver display is optional. This displays all the key info like satnav in front of the driver as well as the dials.
The rest of the interior has been reworked too, with a noticeable change to the dashboard and centre console via an all-new Digital Cockpit.
Clearer, neater, completely digitalised, and connected online, VW aim to make operating the new Golf more intuitive than ever. As standard it includes the instrument cluster, an infotainment system angled towards the driver, and a multifunction steering wheel.
Touch sliders enable quick access to temperature and volume controls, while a touch island under the infotainment system provides direct access to assistance systems as well as driving modes and parking assistants depending on the spec. A second touch island repositions light and vision functions as well as the windscreen and rear window heating. An optional Innovision Cockpit expands on these features and offers a windscreen head-up display which projects information into the driver’s field of vision.
Further functionality from the digital cockpit comes via voice control. The system is simply activated by saying “Hello Volkswagen” or pressing the voice button on the steering wheel and reacts to intuitive voice commands such as “Take me home” (navigation) or “I’m cold” (automatic air conditioner).
The Golf’s in-car tech also benefits from remote updates too, meaning drivers will be able to download system updates as well as optional extras like adaptive cruise control over the air at any time.
A Travel Assist system is also on offer which adds autonomous driving features. It allows the Golf to communicate with other cars that have Travel Assist, and will give the driver warnings of any potential hazards and traffic jams.