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New VW Golf for Russia: easier than for Europe

The feeling that “eighth” Golf — digitized-touch version of “seventh”.Alexander Vinogradov “Behind the wheel”

At the presentation told me all ears buzz about what the advanced Golf multimediasystem the potential that mobile apps, and the possibility to connect your smartphone to an Android Auto or Apple CarPlay without wire. Cool, of course, but what about the car? About it seemed to have forgotten. Even the translator at the press conference was not ready for the technical part and gave a vigorous phrase “steering intelligentsia.”

Ogovorochka according to Freud. She very accurately describes Golf all generations without exception. At all times it distinguishes intelligent behavior on the road.

Much “better”

Look on the side of the “eighth” Golf… It’s definitely a new car? If not for the nameplate on the front wing, indistinguishable from its predecessor. And the muzzle is different. Narrow optics — the pride of the Germans. Matrix headlights with automatic high beam switching really nice Shine, but… it’s not cool looking. Their smooth Asian curves are poorly correlated with a strong German profile.

The front panel has retained the architecture deployed to the driver Central console. Physical buttons is almost gone. The climate control can now be three-band.The front panel has retained the architecture deployed to the driver Central console. Physical buttons is almost gone. The climate control can now be three-band.

Projection display uncomfortable low for drivers: testimony looming right in front.Projection display uncomfortable low for drivers: testimony looming right in front.

Even light control touch now. Convenient to use!Even light control touch now. Convenient to use!

Instead of the traditional selector set a little joystick — mechanical connection with the DSG there. But we will have the usual selector: vehicles for Russia will be equipped with classic games.Instead of the traditional selector set a little joystick — mechanical connection with the DSG there. But we will have the usual selector: vehicles for Russia will be equipped with classic games.

In the cabin — familiar from the previous Golf line. The only difference is that the cockpit has been digitized in full — physical buttons is almost gone. About analog devices forget: a large Central display blends in with the virtual instrument panel with lots of configuration options. The key is no longer needed, its functions can be performed by a smartphone application. The main thing — it wouldn’t be trouble when you need to get in the car to charge the phone. So external powerbank now just have to always carry. The size of the cabin is the same, and the trunk has not fundamentally changed. A feeling that the “eighth” Golf — digitized-touch version of “seventh”.

Virtual front panel — multi-configuration. You can change not only the style but also color.Virtual front panel — multi-configuration. You can change not only the style but also color.

Motors? A list longer than a grocery receipt on New year’s eve. Liter and-liter TSI with different degrees of force, for charged two-litre GTI, diesel, gas versions, soft and rechargeable hybrids. Box and machine, and loved the DSG. What we are interested in? Nothing!

Our Golf under the hood is a broad menu of two items: aspirated 1.6-liter (110 HP) and 1.4‑liter TSI 150 HP Turbo — German, but MPI is our, Russian! Yes, the engines of the Kaluga Assembly will be sent to Europe to install on machines that will go to the Russian market. The logistics yet but so is cheaper.

The 1.5 TSI engine in two versions — 130 and 150 HP in Europe will be the most marketable. It works on the Miller cycle: in contrast to the classical Otto engine, then the intake valve closes before the end of the intake stroke. This reduces the actual compression of the mixture relative to the geometric, making possible more efficient use of the energy of expanding gases in the cylinder. To put it simply, lose maximum power, but improve efficiency. In practice, the control electronics will put everything in its place: the car with this engine will go well, and to consume little gasoline.The 1.5 TSI engine in two versions — 130 and 150 HP in Europe will be the most marketable. It works on the Miller cycle: in contrast to the classical Otto engine, then the intake valve closes before the end of the intake stroke. This reduces the actual compression of the mixture relative to the geometric, making possible more efficient use of the energy of expanding gases in the cylinder. To put it simply, lose maximum power, but improve efficiency. In practice, the control electronics will put everything in its place: the car with this engine will go well, and to consume little gasoline.

The box we have is also his; the robot will not be only machines. Moreover, in contrast to the Mexican Jetta, not only six. Paired with the turbo engine will operate eight-speed fluid mechanics (same with the same engine will try and crossover Skoda Karoq).

Hybrid and non-hybrid

Times of our machines is not, take the nearest power of variant — 150 HP with DSG. And not simple, but with mA-and‑scarlet the letter “e” in front of the signboard TSI. It is a mild hybrid, in the depths of which hidden the 48‑volt battery and the starter-generator. Electromachine saves a few litres of fuel in a month. Isn’t that a significant contribution to the reduction of environmental pollution? But such machines available DCC adaptive chassis allowing to change settings of power steering and shock absorber characteristics.

A new body is 36 mm lower. The yellow marked panels made of high strength steel, red — of particularly high strength. The drag coefficient was reduced from 0.300 to 0,275.A new body is 36 mm lower. The yellow marked panels made of high strength steel, red — of particularly high strength. The drag coefficient was reduced from 0.300 to 0,275.

One hundred and fifty turbosim stimulate, but the light pause in the switching box and the responses on the gas pedal is still there. Treated it the regime of “sport”: increasing the weight on the wheel, the shock absorbers pressed… and all the flaws of the road transmitted into the cabin. It is better to choose the mode of “individual”: it is possible to remove setenvironment the pedals, but retain the default settings of the chassis. In this embodiment, Golf filigree writes the arc and with German thoroughness generates perfect feedback, while not vitrasa soul. But all the way I can’t shake the feeling of artificiality. It’s like going on a big sedan, not a compact hatch. The reason for heavy battery?

The architecture of the chassis has not changed — Golf is on the platform MQB. Now version 1.5 TSI can be supplemented with a battery of 48 volts and the starter-generator.The architecture of the chassis has not changed — Golf is on the platform MQB. Now version 1.5 TSI can be supplemented with a battery of 48 volts and the starter-generator.

Rechargeable hybrid is interesting to us primarily because it used the same engine that will be supplied to Russia, and 1.4‑liter TSI with 150 HP Rechargeable hybrid is interesting to us primarily because it used the same engine that will be supplied to Russia, and 1.4‑liter TSI with 150 HP

For the answer I jumped into the 130‑strong “non-hybrid”. With a manual transmission, simple chassis and I-beam rear instead of mnogoryichazhka. As the water looked! Two liters saved per month of fuel is not worth it to deny yourself this pleasure: an honest, straightforward car. Inferior in the dynamics of the 150‑horsepower mild hybrid, but goes right and easy! The same steering intelligentsia. After her even more eager to wait for our Russified version with simple petrol and diesel engines.

Maybe the insulation is broken? And then shamelessly tyre noise on the background of filigree insulated engine compartment and refined aerodynamics.

Volkswagen Golf VIIIVolkswagen Golf VIII

The eighth episode

New Golf left a strange aftertaste. Somewhere inside him hides all the same great hatch. Perhaps the best in the class name itself. But to see it difficult in striving to meet the fashion and environmental trend. Like Greta Thunberg, it is an unhealthy look heats for a healthy lifestyle.

In Russia, the new Golf will appear at the end of this year, and maybe at the beginning of 2021‑th. But appear! And the optimism with which Volkswagen is promoting again the legend in our market, happy. Golf has always been iconic, but not the popular model in Russia. Maybe the eighth generation with the Russian atmospheric “heart” a little change this tradition?

Perfectly balanced car with excellent chassis Digitization prevents to see driving character

Volkswagen Golf VIII

1.5 TSI

1.5 eTSI

2.0 TDI

Length / width / height / base

4284 / 1789 / 1456 / 2636 mm

Luggage capacity (VDA)

380 / 1237 l

Engine

diesel, R4, 16 valve, 1498 cm3; 96 kW / 130 HP at 5000-6000 rpm; 200 nm at 1400-4000 rpm

diesel, R4, 16 valve, 1498 cm3; 110 kW / 150 HP at 5000-6000 rpm; 250 nm at 1500-3500 rpm

diesel, R4, 16 valves, 1968 cm3; 110 kW/150 HP at 3500-4000 rpm and 360 nm at 1750-3000 rpm

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

9,2 with

8.5 sec

8.8

Maximum speed

214 km/h

224 km/h

223 km/h

Transmission

front-wheel drive; M6

front-wheel drive; P7

front-wheel drive; P7

New VW Golf for Russia: easier than for Europe

The feeling that “eighth” Golf — digitized-touch version of “seventh”.

New VW Golf for Russia: easier than for Europe

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New VW Golf for Russia: easier than for Europe

The feeling that “eighth” Golf — digitized-touch version of “seventh”.

New VW Golf for Russia: easier than for Europe

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