Volkswagen Golf Mk8

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Volkswagen Golf Mk8
2020 Volkswagen Golf Style 1.5 Front.jpg
Model years2022–present (North America)
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car (C)
Body style
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive / four-wheel-drive (Golf R only)
PlatformVolkswagen Group MQB Evo
RelatedAudi A3 Mk4
SEAT León Mk4
Škoda Octavia Mk4
Transmission5/6-speed manual
6/7-speed DSG dual-clutch
8-speed automatic
Hybrid drivetrainMHEV (eTSI)
PHEV (TSI eHybrid)
Wheelbase2,636 mm (103.8 in)
Length4,284 mm (168.7 in) (hatchback)
4,633 mm (182.4 in) (wagon)
Width1,789 mm (70.4 in)
Height1,456 mm (57.3 in) (hatchback)
1,498 mm (59.0 in) (wagon)
Kerb weight1,255–1,465 kg (2,767–3,230 lb)
PredecessorVolkswagen Golf Mk7

The Volkswagen Golf (Mk8) (also known as the Golf VIII) is a compact car, the eighth generation of the Volkswagen Golf and the successor to the Volkswagen Golf Mk7.[4] It was launched in Wolfsburg on 24 October 2019, and arrived in German showrooms in December 2019.[5]

The Golf Mk8 uses the same revised MQB platform as the fourth-generation Audi A3 and SEAT León.[6]


The exterior of the Mk8 has evolutionary design changes, with a new two-dimensional Volkswagen logo and more angular styling. At the rear there are new L-shaped taillights similar to those of the T-Roc. A more prominent downward arch at the nose contributes to a reduced drag coefficient; the Mk8's is Cd=0.275 compared to the Mk7's Cd=0.29, giving a drag area of 0.61 m2.[7][8] The dimensions are roughly the same as the Mk7, 29 mm longer, and 10 mm narrower with a similar wheelbase. The three-door hatchback has been discontinued, leaving the five-door hatchback as the only model available at launch. The Golf Estate (Variant) was revealed in September 2020, alongside a rugged "Alltrack" version with slightly raised suspension, body cladding, and all-wheel-drive.


The Mk8 features several technological advancements,[9] including standard LED headlights on all models and optional matrix LEDs, an advanced head-up display, a shift by wire system on models with the dual-clutch gearbox, Alexa integration, and an NFC mobile key with compatible Samsung smartphones via eSIM. The interior receives a major overhaul, replacing the traditional analog instrument panel with an entirely digital 10.25" driver's display and either an 8.25" or 10" centre touchscreen for multimedia. Instead of physical buttons, a touch-sensitive panel houses controls for various functions, including the headlights and air conditioning/ventilation. The vehicle can also be upgraded with new functions after purchasing it, such as adaptive cruise control, WiFi hotspot, online-based voice control, Light Assist, navigation and Wireless App-Connect.[citation needed] The reliance on touchscreen controls in place of conventional physical buttons, knobs, or dials was criticised as being frustrating and unintuitive to use.[10][11] Which? noted that "too much attention must be diverted from the road to operate simple functions such as the climate control" and called the layout "a step backwards."[12][13]

Assistance systems[edit]

Borrowed from the Passat, travel assist acts as a semi-autonomous driving system that can work at speeds of up to 210 km/h (130 mph). Using the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist systems, the steering wheel has sensors that detect when the driver is touching it. If no input is detected for more than 15 seconds, the emergency braking system will automatically stop the car safely. Adaptive Cruise Control now uses predictive speed detection which automatically adjusts the speed by calculating the car's position based on route and GPS data; it simultaneously accesses the Dynamic Road Sign Display via the front camera. The front camera is additionally used for Front Assist in conjunction with the radar sensor to warn and brake in emergency situations using the City Emergency Braking System and Pedestrian Monitoring, enhanced by Cyclist Monitoring and swerve support and an oncoming vehicle while braking function. When turning left, the car automatically stops and triggers a warning in the case of an approaching vehicle in the same lane. The Mk8 is the first Volkswagen vehicle to use Car2X, where information can be exchanged with other cars and the traffic infrastructure within a radius of up to 800 m (2,625 ft).[citation needed]

Golf GTE[edit]

The Golf GTE is a high-performance plug-in hybrid model. Producing 245 PS (180 kW; 241 hp), it has an all-electric range of about 60 kilometres (37 miles) in EV mode, with a 13 kWh lithium ion battery supplementing the 1.4 litre TSI direct-injection petrol engine. The GTE, GTD, and GTI have different styling to distinguish them from less powerful Golf models. The front has a large honeycomb grille with a blue accent and an LED light strip positioned below, a black lower bumper trim, and an integrated background exterior light. The rear has a diffuser-style rear bumper. The roof spoiler is also different, with wider side sill panels, larger wheels, and red brake calipers. Inside, there are many minor differences, including sports seats with different interior fabrics and other minor changes.[14][15]

Golf GTD[edit]

The Golf GTD is a high-performance turbodiesel model. It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine (TDI) producing 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) and 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft). The engine uses two selective catalytic reduction filters with dual AdBlue injection. The manual transmission is not offered, with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic being the only option. The suspension is shared with the GTI, having MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link system at the rear. 18-inch and 19-inch wheels are available. Plaid upholstery is standard like on the GTI, but grey highlights are used rather than red; the steering wheel also has touch-sensitive multi-function controls. An electronic shift lever is used in place of the patterned shift knob found on the GTI.[16][15]

Golf GTI[edit]

The Golf GTI is a high-performance petrol (gasoline) model. It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine (TSI) producing 245 PS (180 kW; 241 hp) and 370 N⋅m (273 lbf⋅ft). The bodywork is nearly identical to the GTE, however the GTI is equipped with different wheels, badges, and red grille accents. The rear bumper has dual exit exhausts. Vehicle Dynamics Manager allows for more adjustability of the adaptive suspension dampers, while an Individual setting joins the other driving modes. The suspension is lowered by 15 mm (0.6 in). Inside, plaid upholstery is standard, with additional red accents on the seats and steering wheel. 17-inch wheels are standard in Europe, with optional 18-inch and 19-inch wheels.[17]

Golf R[edit]

The Golf R is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine (TSI) producing 320 PS (235 kW; 315 hp) and 420 N⋅m (310 lbf⋅ft) which is an increase of 20 PS (15 kW; 20 hp) and 40 N⋅m (30 lbf⋅ft) when compared to the Mk7. It is offered with either the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic globally or the six-speed manual (US and Canadian markets only) in both the hatch and estate body styles. The R is 20 mm (0.8 in) lower than the standard Golf, and has a stiffer suspension incorporating an aluminium front subframe. The all-wheel-drive system has been updated and benefits from a torque-vectoring rear differential. Dynamic Chassis Control has also been updated to work with the Vehicle Dynamics Manager, allowing for a Drift Mode function. The exterior features quad exhaust tips and 19-inch wheels, while the interior is similar to the GTI, and has Nappa leather bucket seats as well as several R badges and an R-specific driver's display.[18][19]


All internal combustion engines are turbocharged three- or four-cylinder units;[20] engine options include petrol, mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, diesel and natural gas powertrains. The previous e-Golf model is no longer available, as it was replaced by the ID.3.


Euro 6d

TSI models sold in Euro 6d Compliant Countries consist of a 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine (TSI) with 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) or 110 PS (81 kW; 109 hp), and a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine with 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) or 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp). All engines with an output up to 130 PS feature the efficient TSI Miller combustion process and a variable-geometry turbocharger, and the 1.5 litre engines have temporary Active Cylinder Management. A compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 1.5 litre engine is also available as a TGI model.

Euro 5

TSI models sold in Euro 5 Compliant Countries, such as Australia, will at launch feature one option, a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine (TSI) with 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp). Unlike previous Golf's which featured a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), this engine will be paired with a traditional 8-speed torque converter automatic. The transmission choice is due in part to the specific engine calibration (and automatic transmission combination) developed to meet Australia's outdated Euro 5 emissions regulations introduced in 2009, which are about a decade behind European standards.[21]

eTSI eTSI models use the same engines as the TSI models with the addition of a mild-hybrid system and a powerful brake energy recuperation function, paired exclusively with the 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The energy stored in the 48 V lithium-ion battery supplies the 12 V vehicle electrical system and drives the 48 V belt starter generator. The engines produce 110 PS (81 kW; 109 hp), 130 PS (96 kW; 130 hp) or 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp).

eHybrid eHybrid models use a 1.4 litre turbocharged plug-in hybrid engine supplanted by a 13 kWh lithium ion battery, with a 6-speed DSG. The all-electric range is rated at about 60 kilometres (37 miles) in EV mode. The engine produces 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) or 245 PS (180 kW; 241 hp).

TDI TDI models utilise a new twin dosing system featuring dual AdBlue selective catalytic reduction, which lowers nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) by up to 80% compared to the Mk7.[22] A 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel unit is used, producing 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) or 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp).[23][24] also some of the claimed top speeds on these models are underestimated by the manufacturer so a 1.5 tsi 150 golf could very easily pass its estimated top speed of 224 km/h and would go far past 230 km/h

Petrol engines[25]
Model Displacement Power Torque Acceleration
0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
Top speed Transmission Notes
1.0 TSI 999 cc (61 cu in) 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) 175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) at 1,600-3,000 rpm 11.9 s 188 km/h (117 mph) 5-speed manual
1.0 TSI 999 cc (61 cu in) 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 2,000-3,000 rpm 10.2 s 202 km/h (126 mph) 6-speed manual
1.0 eTSI 999 cc (61 cu in) 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1,400-4,000 rpm 9.2 s 214 km/h (133 mph) 7-speed DSG
1.4 TSI 1,395 cc (85 cu in) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1,500-4,000 rpm 8.2 s 215 km/h

(133.595 mph)

8-speed automatic euro 5 compliant countries

like Tunisia and Australia

1.5 TSI 1,498 cc (91 cu in) 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 5,000–6,000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1,400–4,000 rpm 9.2 s 214 km/h (133 mph) 6-speed manual
1.5 TSI 1,498 cc (91 cu in) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5,000-6,000 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1,500–3,500 rpm 8.5 s 224 km/h (139 mph) 6-speed manual
1.5 eTSI 1,498 cc (91 cu in) 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 5,000-6,000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1,400–4,000 rpm 9.6 s 206 km/h (128 mph) 7-speed DSG
1.5 eTSI 1,498 cc (91 cu in) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5,000-6,000 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft) at 1,500-3,500 rpm 8.5 s 224 km/h (139 mph) 7-speed DSG
1.5 TGI 1,498 cc (91 cu in) 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) at 5,000-6,000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lb⋅ft) at 1,500-3,500 rpm 9.2 s 224 km/h (139 mph) 7-speed DSG
2.0 TSI 1.984 cc (121 cu in) 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1,500-4100 rpm 7.1 s 238 km/h (148 mph) 7-speed DSG Only offered in certin countries,

on selected trim levels

1.4 TSI eHybrid 1,395 cc (85 cu in) 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) 7.4 s 220 km/h (137 mph) 6-speed DSG
GTE 1,395 cc (85 cu in) 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 6.7 s 225 km/h (140 mph) 6-speed DSG
GTI 1,984 cc (121 cu in) 245 PS (180 kW; 242 hp) 370 N⋅m (273 lb⋅ft) 6.3 s 250 km/h (155 mph) 6-speed manual
7-speed DSG (optional)
GTI Clubsport 1,984 cc (121 cu in) 300 PS (221 kW; 296 hp) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 5.6 s 250 km/h (155 mph) 6-speed manual
7-speed DSG (optional)
R 1,984 cc (121 cu in) 320 PS (235 kW; 316 hp) 420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft) 4.7 s 250 km/h (155 mph) 6-speed manual (North America)
7-speed DSG
Diesel engines
Model Displacement Power Torque Acceleration
0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
Top speed Transmission Notes
2.0 TDI 1,968 cc (120 cu in) 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 3,250–4,000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–3,200 rpm 10.2 s 202 km/h (126 mph) 6-speed manual Euro 6d-TEMP
2.0 TDI 1,968 cc (120 cu in) 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 3,500–4,000 rpm 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–3,000 rpm 8.8 s 223 km/h (139 mph) 7-speed DSG Euro 6d-TEMP
GTD 1,968 cc (120 cu in) 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 7.0 s 244 km/h (152 mph) 7-speed DSG Euro 6d


Euro NCAP[edit]

The Golf in its standard European configuration received 5 stars from Euro NCAP in 2019.[26]


Golf GTI[edit]

The 2022 Golf GTI was tested by the IIHS and received a Top Safety Pick award:[27]

IIHS scores
Small overlap front (Driver) Good
Small overlap front (Passenger) Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side (original test) Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints and seats Good
Acceptable Marginal Poor
varies by trim/option
Front crash prevention (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) Superior
Front crash prevention (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian, day) Advanced

Golf R[edit]

The 2022 Golf R was tested by the IIHS and received a Top Safety Pick+ award:[28]

IIHS scores
Small overlap front (Driver) Good
Small overlap front (Passenger) Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side (original test) Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints and seats Good
Headlights Acceptable
Front crash prevention (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) Superior
Front crash prevention (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian, day) Advanced


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