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20 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI Life 5dr

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active Info display 10.25" high resolution TFT dash display with customisable menu and informationAdaptive cruise control ACC with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists)
Car2X communicationDriver alert system
Dynamic road sign displayeCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gaugeStart/Stop function
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastenedWired and wireless app connect

Entertainment

Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility 

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorAutomatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
Body colour door handlesBody colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
Body colour rear roof spoilerElectrically heated and adjustable door mirrors with memory feature
Front and rear electric windowsHeat insulating glass windscreen
Heated rear windscreenHigh level 3rd brake light
Highway lightLED License plate illumination
Rain sensorRear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
Rear lights incorporating LED technologyRear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
Welcome light 

Interior Features

12V socket in front centre console12V socket in luggage compartment
3 rear head restraintsCentre console
Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrorsFront centre armrest with storage compartment
Front cupholders x 2Front seat lumbar support adjuster
GloveboxHeight adjustable front seats
Height and reach adjustable steering wheelIsofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats and front passenger seat
LED front and rear reading lights X 2Luggage compartment lighting
Removable luggage compartment coverSplit folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
Storm grey roof liningWoven fabric storage compartments in front and rear doors

Safety

3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners3 rear three point seatbelts
ABSDriver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraintsElectronic parking brake with auto hold
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)Extended pedestrian protection measures
Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbagsFront disc brakes
Mobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging functionRear disc brakes
Two tone hornTyre pressure monitoring system

Security

Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment systemElectronic engine immobiliser

Technical

Diesel particulate filterXDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling

Trim

Nature cross brushed decorative insertsSoul dashboard

Wheels

Space and weight saver spare wheelTool kit and Jack
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)91Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb110WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max118
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min110 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1968Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine CodeDFGA
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionMANUAL 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrueWLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min4.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max4.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min4.4WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min3.6WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min5WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max4.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min4.1WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max62.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min67.3WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max60.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min64.2WLTP - MPG - High - Max70.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Min78.5WLTP - MPG - Low - Max53.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min56.5WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max64.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min68.9 

General

AdBlueTrueBadge Engine CC2.0
Badge Power115Coin DescriptionTDI
Coin SeriesLifeInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0717E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage10000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.2Engine Power - BHP115
Engine Power - KW85Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3250Engine Torque - LBS.FT221.3
Engine Torque - MKG30.6Engine Torque - NM300
Engine Torque - RPM1600Top Speed126

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleSecond Act 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front205/55/R16Tyre Size Rear205/55/R16
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleNORFOLK
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height (including roof rails)1491Length4284
Wheelbase2619Width1789

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1880
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1270Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380
Max. Loading Weight575Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked690Minimum Kerbweight1305
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Volkswagen Golf

This eighth generation Volkswagen Golf might just be all the car you'll ever need. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen has reimagined what its Golf family hatchback should be, this eighth generation model packaged very differently from its predecessor. Under the skin, hybrid engineering is prevalent further up the range but for potential buyers, what will probably matter most is the distinctive new nose and the classy minimalist cabin. Loyal Golf owners will find lots to like here.

Background

As one former Volkswagen Group Chairman once pointed out, 'the biggest mistake any Volkswagen Golf can make is to stop being a Golf'. Which is why the seven previous generation versions of this model have been marked by such gradual evolution. Visually though, this MK8 model certainly looks a little more distinct. Too much of a change? Only you can decide. In some ways, this eighth generation version isn't actually quite as much of a step forward as its predecessor. Most of the stuff you can't see is the same as before - the MQB platform and most of the engines for example. And the ground-breaking full-electric e-Golf is no more; Volkswagen wants to reserve full-battery-tech for its new ID family of models. Still, mild hybrid-tech features strongly and there are big steps forward in cabin design and quality. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Most of the engineware in this Golf is carried over from before. To start with, that means the usual 1.5-litre TSI EVO powerplant, now boosted with the addition of mild hybrid tech and developing either 130 or 150PS. The faster unit makes 62mph from rest in 8.5s en route to a maximum of 139mph. If you want a diesel, you'll find that Volkswagen has improved its 2.0-litre TDI 150PS offering, plus, as before, there's a 115PS version of this same TDI powerplant for entry-level customers. Gearboxes incliude the usual 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG auto transmission. You'll search in vain for a full-electric version to replace the outgoing e-Golf: Volkswagen's ID3 model will cover off that niche. From an engineering perspective, this MK8 Golf, like its predecessor, uses the same front-wheel drive MQB platform, here updated so as to offer greater structural rigidity. As usual, there's the option of Volkswagen's 'DCC' 'Dynamic Chassis Control' adaptive damping system which works with a 'Driver Profile' driving modes system offering 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Individual' settings. And of course there's extra camera-driven tech, including an optional 'Travel Assist' system which combines Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane assist to allow 'hands-free' driving at speeds of 130mph. Which sounds vaguely alarming but which Volkswagen assures us is a significant safety aid.

Design and Build

From the front, you might think that this MK8 model line doesn't look especially 'Golf-like' with its lower nose and slimmer grille flanked by beady full-LED headlights. Different front bumper styling varies with different trim levels and the rear features a set of angular LED tail lamps. The rear hatch features the brand's latest logo above 'Golf' lettering and the arrow-shaped C-pillar design (a Golf signature feature since the fourth generation model) is carried forward onto this one. Dimensionally, this model is virtually the same size as its predecessor and as before, there's a choice of either five-door hatch or estate body styles. Inside, there's a radical difference over the previous model with a contemporary cabin dominated by a couple of screens. There's a 10-inch centre-dash infotainment monitor with the usual features - including 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring which can now be operated wirelessly. Complementing this is a 10.25-inch 'Digital Cockpit' TFT instrument display screen - the largest in the segment. Elsewhere, virtually all the traditional switches and buttons have made way for touch-sensitive ones - though buttons on the steering wheel and door panel do remain, as does the dash one for the hazard flashers. Rear seat space and boot capacity both remain much as before, so reasonably class-competitive.

Market and Model

To start with, there's a single five-door hatch body shape and just two trim levels, base 'Life' and plusher 'Style'. As we said earlier, there are just engines - the 1.5 TSI EVO petrol in 130 and 150PS forms and the 2.0 TDI EVO diesel in 115 and 150PS guises. The Golf has always been one of the pricier options in the family hatchback segment - and it still is. You're looking at pricing in the £24,000-£29,000 bracket. In other words, this car, as before, has been price-positioned just above mainstream family hatch models like Ford's Focus and Vauxhall's Astra. And just below premium-badged family hatch contenders like BMW's 1 Series, Audi's A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. To combat the technology of ritzy models like these, this MK8 Golf arrives with quite a portfolio of optional semi-autonomous driving tech, including a 'Travel Assist' feature that allows the car to accelerate, steer and brake on motorways at speeds of up to 130mph. Standard equipment across the range includes a 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with an operating interface that responds to the command 'Hey Volkswagen', followed by whatever you want to ask. Also standard are the full-LED headlights and the 10.25-inch 'Digital Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen. Entry-level cars run on 16in wheels, but higher levels will gain 17-inch rims, plus extra ambient lighting options, chrome exhausts and leather trim options. Plush 'R-Line' models will get bespoke bumpers, trim elements and sports seats, with various similar tweaks featuring on the GTE version. Volkswagen also says that this MK8 Golf will be upgradeable, so if required, features like adaptive cruise control, light assist and a wi-fi hotspot can be added and enabled after you bought the car.

Cost of Ownership

Across the range, fuel consumption is claimed to have improved by around 10%. The mild hybrid 48-volt electrical system that features on the volume 1.5-litre petrol Golf models should allow for a decent improvement in running cost efficiency. It recovers energy that would otherwise be wasted when slowing down, redeploying up to 16hp and 25Nm of electric boost under acceleration. The top 150PS version of the 1.5 TSI petrol unit manages up to 51.4mpg on the WLTP cycle, with up to 110g/km of NEDC-rated CO2 emissions, figures that the lesser 130PS version of this engine improves to 52.3mpg and up to 108g/km. If you'd rather have one of the more conventional TDI diesel units, you'll find that both are cleaner than before, with changes claimed to cut CO2 emissions by 17%. The 2.0 TDI EVO 115PS unit manages up to 49.6mpg on the WLTP cycle, with up to 112g/km of NEDC-rated CO2 emissions, figures that the lesser 115PS version of this engine improves to 67.3mpg and up to 91g/km. The car's coasting function (available with DSG auto transmission) is always active helping with combined cycle WLTP figures we've just mentioned. Even more significantly, a new AdBlue delivery system cuts nitrogen oxide emissions across the TDI range by 80%. Volkswagen plans to introduce mild hybrid into these diesel units too in the near future. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. We can't see why Volkswagen couldn't extend that mileage limit to 100,000 miles, since that what you get on its mechanically very similar Caddy model. Doing that though, wouldn't give Volkswagen dealers so much of an opportunity to sell extended warranty packages. There's one for four years and 75,000 miles or, if you plan to see a bit more of the world in your Golf, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package.

Summary

Where the MK7 Golf was radical in its engineering but conservative in its packaging, this MK8 model is the precise opposite. To some extent, it's a pattern we've seen before with this model line and in this case, the result is a very complete package. The Golf has always been slightly pricier than mainstream-branded family hatch rivals but lesser versions have sometimes struggled to justify that premium. With this eighth generation version, we venture to suggest that you'll feel much happier about parting with the extra cash. And you might even feel that this VW is a better home for your money than a pricier premium-branded model of this sort - the Audi A3 that shares nearly all of this car's engineering for instance. This is still, as a Golf always should be, a benchmark in its segment; a car that must feature highly on any family hatch buyer's shopping list. In short, this is still a Golf - with all the model line heritage, depth of engineering and inherent quality that this badge has come to represent. So nothing's changed. Even if everything seems different.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
60%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£419.60
Deposit£3554
Term (months)60
Fixed interest rate5%
Cash price£23,695
Credit amount£20,141
Completion fee£1
Total amount payable£28,731
Representative APR9.5%
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