The new VW Golf 8 is available as a plug-in hybrid

The revamped VW Golf can now be ordered as a plug-in hybrid. According to VW, the two PHEV variants, Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE, have an electric range of up to 143 and 131 kilometres, respectively, and each cost around €45,000.

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In January, Volkswagen presented its facelifted Golf 8 to the public and announced a new PHEV generation at the same time. VW first unveiled what is now the eighth Golf in October 2019 and added two PHEV drives in August 2020. Following the Passat and the Tiguan, the Golf 8 and its PHEV offshoots will also be equipped with the company’s latest drive generation of its “Modularer Querbaukasten” (MQB), or “Modular Transverse Matrix” in English.

One of the most significant changes: The battery has a usable net energy content of 19.7 kWh, whereas previously only 10.6 kWh net was available. That will enable a purely electric WLTP range of over 100 kilometres. Specifically, following homologation, it is now up to 143 kilometres for the Golf eHybrid and up to 131 kilometres for the Golf GTE. The charging system is also new: the battery can be charged at AC charging points with 11 kW instead of the previous 3.6 kW. The revised Golf charges at DC points with up to 50 kW. Previously, charging at DC units was not possible at all.

The new PHEVs also use a different combustion engine: the 1.4-litre petrol engine from the EA211 series has been replaced by the 1.5 TSI evo2 – known internally at VW as the EA211evo. In the Golf, the plug-in hybrid is available in two performance levels. The Golf eHybrid has a system output of 150 kW, and the Golf GTE has 200 kW (20 kW more than before). The GTE is positioned as a sporty model and offers some design borrowings from the iconic Golf GTI, such as the chequered seat upholstery – only in the GTE with blue instead of red accents.

The facelift’s design changes are moderate. According to VW, “the LED headlights, LED tail light clusters and the front bumper are new.” Moreover, “as an alternative to the standard LED headlights, performance headlights will be available in a first optional configuration level. In this case, the front has an illuminated Volkswagen badge – as a first in Europe – in addition to a horizontal LED strip in the radiator grille.” The rear lights have also been given a new 3D light graphic.

Inside is the new infotainment generation with revised menu navigation and a larger touchscreen (up to 32.8 centimetres). The much-criticised touch sliders at the bottom of the screen are now illuminated, while the touch surfaces on the steering wheel have disappeared entirely and been replaced by conventional buttons. As presented at CES at the beginning of January, the AI chatbot ChatGPT is integrated into the VW voice assistant IDA. That allows the system to access the ‘constantly growing database of artificial intelligence’.

According to Volkswagen, the Golf eHybrid has a starting price of €44,240, and the Golf GTE is available from €46,745.


about „The new VW Golf 8 is available as a plug-in hybrid“
William Tahil
24.05.2024 um 12:24
€45,000. A snip. In the same newsletter you write "Premium costs and mobility for all do not go together. That applies in particular to our German plants, which currently build the majority of our electric vehicles.” That is what VW CFO Arno Antlitz says.Mobility for all means secondhand vehicles - but what will the battery be like after 5 or 10 years? A major sticking point. First generation Nissan Leafs are now useless. You cannot get a renault Zoe fixed for a reasonable price once it is out of warranty. No joined up thinking.
Kenneth Pettiford
24.05.2024 um 22:35
Will this eventually be available in the US?
25.05.2024 um 21:46
These would sell so fast in north America. Fingers crossed they bring them back
Mitchell Duchesne
26.05.2024 um 21:44
Honda civic hatch and sedan hybrid will be available in June and July. Toyota Corolla hybrid has AWD and comes in hatch. VW messed up its timing for north America and I don't really see their product being better.I cancelled my Jetta GLI and put a deposit on a civic Hybrid hatch....avg 5L per 200km, and similar options. I thought the GLI would be my last 100% gas car. Turns out that was my 2015 GTI
Okolocha Collins chibogu
26.05.2024 um 00:30
I'm in love with this brand. I will be glad if VW can offer me one of these Golf 8. Thanks.

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