SYone Autumn Edition 2020

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Car Review

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

By Sue Cooke

Imagine driving along minding your own

business and then your VW car tells you

that you are about to have an accident.

Your car then tells other cars behind and

around that an accident is about to

happen. The driver is warned and can react in good time.

Futuristic? No, it is here now. The new Golf is the first car in

Europe to feature Car2X technology. German automotive

association ADAC declared this as a ‘technical milestone’.

Within a radius of up to 800 metres, connected vehicles can

exchange information and warn of danger or make contact

with the traffic infrastructure within a matter of milliseconds.

The technology can also communicate with nearby traffic

lights. Following the launch of the Car2X in the new eighth

generation compact car, the technology will be available in

future VW models.

The latest Golf is the most intelligent and connected yet. Tell

the car that your hands are cold and the heated steering

wheel will automatically activate. It takes a little getting used

to the sliders and touch panels for all key functions. Many of

the interior buttons and switchgear have been removed,

giving a clean profile to the digital ‘innovision’ cockpit, which

is fitted as standard. While getting used to the controls, I

found good use of the optional natural voice recognition

system.

I like the head up display which is optional on the Golf Life

trim. The speed I am achieving, and the speed of the road

are projected onto the windscreen which keeps my eyes on

the road. All cars should have a head up display. Driving in

the dark, there are subtle strips of blue light along the inner

doors and this feature offers 32 colour options. 22 separate

LED lights perform a dynamic indicator sweep function and

dynamic curve lighting, which is great if you want to show off!

You can even set up your mobile phone so it acts as the

vehicle key. Just remember to remove the details when you

sell on your phone!

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The Golf has been around for a while,

just 45 years with more than 35 million

examples built but number 8 is

completely new and keeps the distinctive

C pillar design to show its lineage. My

road test car arrived in a gorgeous lime yellow metallic which

costs an extra £625. I realise I must have sounded quite a

braggart, when people said what a beautiful colour and I said

yes it is isn’t it!

There is a wide choice of drivetrains, four petrol, two diesels,

three mild hybrids and a powerful GTE plug in hybrid. The

most popular is predicted to be the 1.5 litre petrol with 130PS,

a manual gearbox and ‘Life’ trim. Other trims include Style

and R-Line. I road tested the same but with 150PS.

What I always like about Volkswagen cars is the positive

steering. Accelerate and corner and the tyres will stick to the

road like glue.

The majority of sales of the new Golf are predicted to be to

the fleet sector (65%) and maybe company car drivers who

clock up high mileage will use the fantastic technology the

most, but everyone will appreciate the new safety systems.

The Golf GTi, GTE and GTD are expected to go on sale in

the UK later this year. Information on the Golf R and Golf

Estate will be revealed in the coming months.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

Model:

VW GOLF 8

Price: £23,635 RRP

Engine: 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol and 6 speed

manual gearbox

Performance: 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds and on to a top

speed of 139mph

CO2 emissions: 125g/km

Combined fuel consumption: 51.4mpg (WLTP)

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