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Volkswagen Golf (8th) Review Rundown

VolkswagenPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • More practical than the standard Golf GTI
  • Lots of fun to drive
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The 8th generation Volkswagen Golf carries over design cues of its predecessor. It is purely front-wheel-drive, and further downsized engine options (down to 3 cylinder 1L models) are available. The Golf GTI TCR matches the now defunct (limted-run) GTI Clubsport S for power – boasting a total of 286bhp with 380Nm of torque. It helps to realign the Golf GTI range, which has been comprised of just a single model since the entry-level car was ditched last year.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autoexpress[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The GTI TCR matches the now defunct (limted-run) GTI Clubsport S for power – boasting a total of 286bhp with 380Nm of torque. It helps realign the Golf GTI range, which has been comprised of just a single model since the entry-level car was ditched last year. All models get 18-inch wheels and a bespoke bodykit with a new front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser and roof spoiler.
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Pros[**]
  • Punchy, fun to drive
  • Fantastic all-wheel drive
Cons[**]
  • Not as agile as a Honda Civic Type R or Renaultsport Megane

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The 1.5 150PS eTSI Style will cost you £28,025 before you tick a single option box. The cabin has space for four adults, as before, but those in the rear will indeed feel a little better accommodated. Up front, the Golf's simplified layout looks smart and there are soft-touch, premium materials in all the right places. The jury is definitely out on the touch-sensitive slider that controls the audio and cabin temperature.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Decent handling
Cons[**]
  • A bit jerky at low speeds
  • No dynamic chassis control

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
Golf GTE uses a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, a battery and electric motor setup, for a combined total power output of 242bhp and 400Nm. VW claims 0-62mph takes 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 140mph, but also tax-busting CO2 of just 26g/km. On top of that, it should also cover up to 39 miles on electric power.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful plug-in hybrid
  • Decent fuel economy
Cons[**]
  • Pricier than rivals
  • Lack of agility

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
This 1.0 eTSI mild-hybrid is one of the best Golfs we've tried yet. It's smooth and refined – exactly as you want it to be – and it backs this up with strong efficiency. But the same drawbacks remain; the infotainment is flawed and quality could be better in places. Still, overall the Golf is more appealing than ever as a mild hybrid.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful eTSI engine
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Infotainment could be better

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Golf GTI gets just enough sporty touches to differentiate it. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit's 370Nm of torque means the pace comes from its flexibility. Despite this talent across the board, we'd still like the steering to be more communicative, because even compared with the best electronic power steering set-ups in the most-focused family hatches.
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Pros[**]
  • Flexible engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent handling
Cons[**]
  • Lack of manual gearbox

autoexpress[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Volkswagen Golf GTI was the original hot hatch, but in recent times it has not been the hot hatch. Rivals like the Honda Civic Type R have outshone VW's icon. The Mk8 GTI uses the same basic MQB chassis as its predecessor. It retains the engine, too – VW's EA888 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit. It has the same 242bhp as the Performance Pack version of the Mk7.5.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent infotainment
Cons[**]
  • Not as fast as a Civic Type R or even a Focus ST

carmagazine[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
This latest generation is 36mm longer, up to 10mm narrower, with an extra 16mm between the wheels. Luggage space remains 380 litres at 1,237 litres with the seats up. Car2X is standard too and means all cars on the road will be able to talk to eachother regardless of make. First customer deliveries are in 2020.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Lots of fun to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Not as sporty as rivals

cnet[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
No matter the mode, this front-drive hot hatch is a perennial hoot. It's front-wheel drive, so there are very few situations where overdriving results in anything other than a bit of understeer. All GTI trims make use of Volkswagen's MIB II infotainment system.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous styling
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Excellent infotainment
Cons[**]
  • Not the most efficient

References

1. ^ New Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2019 review. autoexpress. 2019-04-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ New Volkswagen Golf 2020 UK review. autoexpress. 2020-06-05 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ New Volkswagen Golf GTE 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-11-19 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ New Volkswagen Golf eTSI 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-05-11 Retrieved 2021-05-22.
5. ^ New Volkswagen Golf GTI manual 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-05-21 Retrieved 2021-05-22.
6. ^ New Volkswagen Golf GTI 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-09-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Volkswagen Golf (2019) review: middle motoring. carmagazine. 2019-12-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI review: Parting is such sweet sorrow. cnet. 2020-10-12 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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