With an all new digital interior and new technology, it is the first Volkswagen to use the collective traffic intelligence of Car2X to predictively warn of hazards.

The standard equipment in the Volkswagen Golf has been massively expanded. The new basic version alone boasts high-tech features such as the Lane Assist lane keeping system, Front Assist area monitoring system with City Emergency Braking System and Pedestrian Monitoring, a new oncoming vehicle braking when turning function, Car2X, a Digital Cockpit, an online Infotainment system with 8.25-inch touchscreen, a multifunction steering wheel, as well as LED headlights and LED tail lights.

From launch there will be 3 trim levels – ‘Life’, ‘Style’ and ‘R-Line’ with ‘GTE’, ‘GTD’ and ‘GTi’ to follow later on in the year. At launch, 2 engines are available – 1.5TSi and 2.0TDi, both can be ordered with Manual and DSG Automatic Gearboxes. Plug-In Hybrid and Mild Hybrid engines will also follow soon.

Some features and Technology can be retro fitted after the Car has been delivered – regardless of the trim level and upgrades can be enabled. This means that certain features like ACC Adaptive Cruise Control, Light Assist Main Beam Control, the Navigation system, App Connect, Wireless App Connect, WiFi Hotspot and Voice control can be added at a later date if required.

Mild hybrid (eTSI)

The three eTSI mild hybrid drives of the Volkswagen Golf are world premieres. These are petrol engines that are coupled to a 48 V system plus 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). A 48 V belt starter generator, a 48 V lithium-ion battery and the latest generation of pioneering, efficient TSI engines mean perfect performance while significantly cutting fuel consumption. The mild hybrid drives will be available with 81 kW/110 PS, 96 kW/130 PS and 110 kW/150 PS. All eTSI models feature a powerful brake energy recuperation function. The 48 V system also makes it possible to coast while the combustion engine has been completely switched off to save even more fuel. Restarting the engine is significantly more convenient thanks to the 48 V system. eTSI models additionally offer extraordinarily good moving-off performance thanks to electric boosts. 48 V mild hybrid drive in detail: the 48 V system will be used in vehicles in addition to the 12 V system. With its relatively small cable diameters and therefore low weight of the wiring harness, it enables the transmission of high electrical power. That leads to recuperation of significantly more energy during braking. The energy stored in the 48 V lithium-ion battery supplies the 12 V vehicle electrical system and drives the 48 V belt starter generator. This belt starter generator takes on the role of the alternator and starter while simultaneously operating as a small, lightweight electric motor that instantly boosts the drive torque when moving off. The output of the generator is transferred by the belt drive.