Golf, the eighth: the classic as a digital device

VW GOLF 8

A golf is a golf, remains a golf and will always remain a golf - with the eighth generation of golf, this sentence is one of the classic mistakes of our time. Because the new Golf has almost only four wheels in common with its predecessors, the name and the formal basic substance. Sure, when driving, it still shows the typical golf qualities. But a new Golf has never been so new.

What we wrote at the presentation actually expresses everything there is to say: The leap into the digital world in the new Golf is a huge step for VW and a giant leap in terms of technology democratization. Anyone entering here has arrived in the world of switch-free user interfaces and fascinating approaches to artificial intelligence in automobiles.

Digitization as a haptic experience

When rumors arose in 2005 that Apple's new phone would no longer have buttons, hardly anyone could imagine how to do it. When there were no smartphones or touchscreens in their infancy, a switch or button seemed to be necessary for every function in an automobile. In the new Golf

Sharpened design, but still a golf

In the eighth generation, digitization is palpable and literally palpable. VW rightly speaks of a “display landscape”. Of course, there are similar interiors in other vehicles, but nowhere else is the leap into digitalization as clearly perceptible as in the new Golf.

To mention all digital details would go beyond this website. There can be no doubt that the new Golf 8 will continue the success of the 35 million Gölfe since 1974. We will soon be able to write here how this digital Golf drives. Definitely in the future.

And now we have arrived after a few thousand test kilometers: Our experience has met our expectations for this high-tech classic down to the last detail: It drives great, has become even more economical and amazes with its digital qualities, but it does require a certain openness to technology. Anyone who has problems with a smart phone should be skeptical, but it doesn't have to remain so.

Anyone who is open to this rather massive digitization will soon get used to being able to access functions almost exclusively via touchscreen. As a result, digitization may polarize, but those who use it without prejudice will soon no longer want to do without it. Even if there will be many who mourn the buttons and switches.

Digital cockpit signals the future, “ambient lighting” in the new Golf:

It also happened to me that I would have preferred the radio volume control as a rotary knob, for example. I quickly got used to the virtual controller or the controls on the steering wheel. Everything is just a matter of getting used to. And because undoubtedly older people can also operate a smartphone, this should not be a problem.

The fact that the language function and the driver's wishes are not always understood and have to be repeated several times is due to the incomplete development of such systems. You have to express yourself very clearly in order to be understood. But then the system spurts. It is astonishing, for example, if the system answers the question "Where can I refuel?" With several petrol stations on the display.

The display logic is impressively logical

The menus on the screen are visually very well organized, they correspond to logical handling and can also be customized. For the first time, extras can be retrofitted via download. It is really sensational. Anyone who has opted out of a navigation system when ordering, who has forgotten the ACC automatic distance control or traffic sign recognition, can retrofit these extras online for an additional charge because the hardware is already installed as standard. This is really a digital breakthrough.

Cockpit in the Golf 8: consistently digital

A great leap into the future is undoubtedly the ability of the Golf to communicate with other vehicles. “Car2X” is the name of the term that hides a system that can exchange information with other suitably equipped vehicles within a radius of 800 meters: If a vehicle has detected black ice, an accident or a traffic jam, this information is passed on via WiFi. The car manufacturers have agreed on a uniform standard, so that not only Volkswagen can "talk" to each other, but all appropriately equipped vehicles. This system is a gigantic step in more traffic safety. If Car-to-X can also "communicate" with traffic lights, the traffic flow can be controlled in real time, ie more fluently.

The driving behavior is typical golf - only much better

And driving? It feels "golfy" in a positive sense. Our impression is that the 8th golf compared to the

A beautiful back can also delight All photos: VW

The predecessor has not only become crisper optically, but also driver-wise, the steering tracks more precisely and the comfort mark is bent in the direction of sporty suspension and damping. All in all, a driving behavior that we are used to from the Golf since its introduction - only much better. The adaptive chassis control DCC (1045 euros) makes it possible to vary between comfortable, sporty and normal chassis tuning. However, you have to be very sensitive to feel the different modes.

The 2.0 liter diesel we tested with its 150 hp and the 7-speed dual clutch transmission make this Golf a very spirited saver, with our test consumption fluctuating on average between 4,6 and 5,2 liters of diesel over 100 kilometers. What seems to us to be economical, no, what is economical by today's standards is still far from the EU limits: 4,6 liters per 100 km still mean a specific CO2-Output of 122 g / 100 km. However, the EU requires a fleet value of 95 g / 100 km. The Golf should therefore only consume 3,6 liters of diesel per 100 km to achieve the fleet value. This calculation alone shows that a manufacturer's fleet average can only be achieved with electric cars that use zero CO2 included in the calculation, although the electricity generated by coal with its CO2Emissions from the electric car still a CO2-Sinner does, which is simply ignored.

What we didn't like: When starting off, a fraction of a second disappears somewhere in the double clutch transmission, which sometimes proves to be annoying. For example if you want to start quickly to reach a gap in the flow of traffic.

The bottom line is that the new Golf is the best golf ever. Not counting the future.

VW Golf 8 Highline 2.0 TDI 150 PS 7-speed DSG

emission standardEuro 6d TEMP
capacity1.968 cc
Number and type of cylinder4 in series
Maximum power kW / PS110 kW / 150 PS at 3.500 - 4.000 rpm
Max. Torque360 Nm at 1.750 - 3.000 rpm
gear7-speed dual clutch transmission
Acceleration 0-100 km / h8,8 seconds
top speed223 km / h
Test consumption real over 100 km4,6 - 5,2 liters
Length Width Height4.284 / 1.789 / 1.456 mm
base price35.065 euros

1 comment to "Golf, the eighth: the classic as a digital device"

  1. "Who can use a smartphone ...": Digitization may have some advantages. But it also excludes groups of buyers. A good friend in the 70s wanted to replace his old SL with the new SL. During the test drive, he found that his light tremor would make him unable to operate the settings on the touchscreens while driving. He is now driving on his old SL. I also find the operation via touch screens often very distracting. In the case of nautical chart plotters, one has now returned to a second manual control option.

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