G olf 8, variant 6: The back of chairs in the VW compact class continues. After the premiere of the new Golf at the end of 2019, it is now time for the version with a happy ending: the Variant drives up. Even in the age of the SUV glut, the loadmaster has his right to exist as an unpretentious everyday hero.
With a series of pictures and initial information, VW lifted the veil on September 9, 2020. Of course, there were no stunning surprises, because like the previous model, the Golf and Golf Variant look like twins right up to the driver's door. The same applies to the height and width of the Golf VIII and the current Golf Variant: At 1,455 mm (without roof rails) and 1,789 mm (without mirrors), the values are identical.
Identical to the Golf
Of course, that doesn't apply to the length. Compared to its predecessor, the Golf Variant has a 66 millimeter longer wheelbase, and the overall length increases by the same amount: wheelbase 2,686 mm, outer length 4,633 mm. The new station wagon from Wolfsburg is thus catching up with the new Skoda Octavia, even surpassing it in terms of wheelbase. Passengers in the rear seats in particular should benefit from the growth in the wheelbase, with leg room here increasing from 903 to 941 millimeters compared to the predecessor. The load volume increases less clearly, increasing by six liters with the seats upright and 22 liters with the bench seat folded down (611 to 1,642 liters).
Of course, the Golf Variant benefits from all technical innovations of the Golf Generation VIII. In addition to the body shape, this is also evident in the interior. The standard fully digital cockpit and theThe replacement of the majority of switches and controls by touch-sensitive buttons is a corresponding revolution compared to its predecessor. The same applies to the assistance systems, first and foremost the new Travel Assist for partially autonomous driving.
Golf Variant with new assistance systems
VW is currently keeping a low profile on the engines on offer. The Golf Variant also gets the latest TSI machines with a 48V system and belt starter generator as a mild hybrid in the eTSI, as well as the new clean diesel with twin dosing system and double SCR catalytic converter. On the other hand, it is unlikely that the Golf’s 90 PS base engine will also find its way into the Variant. There is also a question mark in front of the plug-in hybrid drive. So it should start with the mild hybrid TSI machines (110 and 150 PS) and the two-liter TDI (115 and 150 PS).
Compared to its predecessor, the Variant has increased its standard equipment free of charge. The lane keeping assistant 'Lane Assist', the environment monitoring system 'Front Assist' with city emergency braking function and pedestrian detection, turning assistant, drowsiness detection, the 'Digital Cockpit Pro', the online infotainment system 'Composition' with 8.25-inch touchscreen, the online Services and functions of 'We Connect' and 'We Connect Plus', a new multifunction steering wheel, the automatic air conditioning 'Air Care Climatronic', the keyless start system 'Keyless Start', a Bluetooth telephone interface, comfort seats as well as LED headlights and LED taillights including automatic headlights are always at the start.
Extra extras are activated online
When it comes to extra extras, VW is also taking the modern approach of a number of manufacturers with the Variant and switching installed features at a later date for a fee the data connection of the car is free. This includes, among other things, a high-beam assistant, the navigation function of the multimedia system, a WLAN hotspot and the wireless integration of Apple smartphones.
In addition to the Golf Variant, the bad-road variant Golf Alltrack will also be based on the station wagon come to the dealers. Like its predecessor, there isAlltrack only with the two-liter top diesel that produces 200 hp.
Golf Alltrack comes with standard all-wheel drive
The Golf Alltrack is supplied with all-wheel drive as standard and, like the last model, has a slightly higher chassis height of 15 millimeters for improved ground clearance. Model-specific bumpers and the offset wheel arch extensions are intended to reinforce the adventure look. 611 liters of trunk volume speak for practicality, 229 km /h for sportiness, 4.8 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers for economy.
VW has announced the start of sales of the new Golf Variant and Golf Alltrack for the fourth quarter of 2020. The new Golf Variant can now be ordered. At the start of the order three engines are available, the 1.0 eTSI with 110 PS and the two 2.0 TDIs with 115 and 150 PS. The prices start from 28,566 euros for the weaker diesel. The 150 PS diesel is available as a Style with DSG from 36,784 euros. The gasoline engine costs 29,210 euros as Life. The Alltrack is 39,337.642 euros including 16 percent VAT in the price list.