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Volkswagen Golf 8

Compact Hatchback

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Product Overview

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. Models with eTSI (1.0 eTSI and 1.5 eTSI) engines feature a 48-volt mild-hybrid system.
The Golf GTE is the high-performance plug-in hybrid model with a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery and 60 km (37 mi) of EV range. They come standard with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG).
The Golf GTD and GTI are traditional diesel- and petrol-engined high-performance models, both with a displacement of 2.0 L.


What we found

Neofiliac score 70%
  • Rather good styling
  • Good 0.27 drag coefficient
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Good handlding characteristics
  • Only available with small engines
  • Stuck with MacPherson struts in the front

What external reviewers found

External score 76%
  • Fantastic all-wheel drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Decent handling
  • Lack of agility
  • Not as fast as a Civic Type R or even a Focus ST
  • Not the most efficient
  • Not as sporty as rivals
  • No dynamic chassis control

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Variants shown:
1.0 eTSI 110 DSG
1.0 TSI 110
1.0 TSI 90
1.4 TSI 204 eHybrid DSG
1.5 eTSI 130 DSG
1.5 eTSI 150 DSG
1.5 TGI 130 DSG
1.5 TSI 130
1.5 TSI 150
2.0 TDI 115
2.0 TDI 150
2.0 TDI 150 DSG
GTI Clubsport DSG

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External Reviews


Reviewer score 80% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from autoexpress have found:
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.
  • Punchy, fun to drive
  • Fantastic all-wheel drive
  • Not as agile as a Honda Civic Type R or Renaultsport Megane


Reviewer score 86% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from carmagazine have found:
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.
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Lots of fun to drive
  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Not as sporty as rivals


Reviewer score 80% (normalized by Neofiliac)
Reviewers from cnet have found:
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.
  • Gorgeous styling
  • Powerful turbocharged engine
  • Excellent infotainment
  • Not the most efficient


  1. ^ New Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2019 review. [autoexpress].
  2. ^ Volkswagen Golf (2019) review: middle motoring. [carmagazine].
  3. ^ 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI review: Parting is such sweet sorrow. [cnet].