First pictures: All-new Volkswagen Golf

Advances in technology will “revolutionise the compact vehicle category” when the all-new Volkswagen Golf is launched late this year, according to the German brand. 

The new hatchback will arrive in the UK next spring, and the company described its eighth-generation model as “the most progressive of all time”. VW claimed the Golf is the first model in its price bracket with a fully digital 10.25-inch cockpit as standard, and the cabin also features a 10-inch touchscreen system. 

The new Golf will link via Alexa to play music and control compatible smart home devices, and it features Car2X technology, which will communicate warnings of hazards, slippery conditions, the back of traffic jams, emergency service vehicles and other danger to and from other vehicles (from all manufacturers) within a radius of 800 metres that have the technology.

The new car is 26mm longer than the old Golf, and will be sold in five-door form only. Of the four petrol engine options – 90hp and 110hp 1.0-litre and 130hp or 150hp 1.5-litre units – all bar the entry model will be available with eTSI mild hybrid technology to reduce emissions, when fitted with the seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox rather than the six-speed manual. There will also be 115hp and 150hp diesel power options. Although VW doesn’t quote emissions figures at this stage, it is claiming an improvement of up to 17% through the powertrains being “significantly optimised”. 

Trim levels will run as the familiar S, SE, SEL and R-Line, and VW has said technologies such as adaptive cruise control, main beam control, smartphone integration and wifi hotspot can be activated retrospectively for a cost, regardless of spec. 

All-new Volkswagen Golf - 24-10-2019 - Image 6The We Connect Plus functionality will be standard for the first three years on UK cars, and includes traffic and hazard information, online route calculations, control of horn and indicators, speed alert and, on the plug-in hybrid model, the ability to set a departure time, climate control temperature and to monitor the charging. 

Depending on vehicle spec, settings for drivers, including seat and mirror position, air-conditioning and lighting can be stored in the cloud.

The range will be filled out over the next 12 months by versions including the performance diesel GTD, GTE plug-in hybrid and hot hatch GTI and R models. VW has claimed that the GTE eHybrid has 50% more energy capacity, although emissions and range figures for the model that combines electric and 1.4-litre petrol power for a 245hp output aren’t yet available as the car is still up to a year away.