Volkswagen Golf (8th) Review Rundown
Volkswagen | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 22 May 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
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.
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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.
The new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf has been driven for the first time on UK roads. The mild-hybrid powertrain is exceptionally refined, the cabin materials and packaging are better than ever. But the tweaks to the chassis and cabin layout seem to have brought as many foibles as they have benefits.
The new Volkswagen Golf GTE feels solid to drive and it's a straightforward plug-in hybrid hatch that those new to electrification will get along with easily. But it's now an expensive proposition, and when Mercedes makes a plug-In A-Class that's cheaper to buy, cheaper to tax and potentially cheaper to run, the case for the Golf isn't as clean cut as we had expected.
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.
The manual Volkswagen Golf GTI is our pick of the regular hot Golf range. It's more affordable, feels just as quick as its DSG sibling, and given the lack of fireworks beneath the bonnet, the gearbox helps engage the GTI's driver just a degree more. 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.
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI isn't quite as thrilling to drive as a Honda Civic Type R or even a Ford Focus ST. But it has still more of the breadth of ability which, for many, defines the hot hatch genre. As such, we think it's a car we'll be glad to recommend – especially when what are likely to be rock-solid resale values are translated into the monthly finance deals.
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The new VW Golf is designed to appeal to absolutely everyone. You get a completely digital cockpit with big screens, a slashed button count and more engine options than you could shake a stick at - petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid. There is no longer an electric Golf and that's a shame, because the outgoing car was a battery powered vehicle that did an incredible job of hiding the fact.
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The Volkswagen Golf GTI has spent seven generations in the sweet spot between daily usability and an old-fashioned good time. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine puts out 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It's front-wheel drive, so there are very few situations where overdriving results in anything other than a bit of understeer.
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- 8. ^ 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI review: Parting is such sweet sorrow. Cnet. 2020-10-12. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
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- **. 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.