Next-generation small car to focus heavily on tech and introduce 48V mild-hybrid powertrains, while simplifying range structure. The next-generation Volkswagen Golf, due to commence production next year, looks set to shake up the small car segment with cutting-edge technology and powertrains, though the model range could look a little different to what's currently available.A new report by the UK's Autocar claims the Mk8 Golf could have some big things in the works, and move further upmarket in terms of available technologies and interior ambience.It's also believed Volkswagen will simplify the model range to reduce costs and complexity, potentially spelling the end for the three-door hatchback and five-door wagon body styles currently available – though this hasn't been officially confirmed just yet.The British publication argues, however, the recent consumer shift towards crossovers and SUVs has lead Volkswagen to use the next Golf to lure buyers from larger cars … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Golf Mk8 could drop wagon variant
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Anyone who frequents our comments will know readers don’t always agree with the expert reviews published on CarAdvice. Our team of road testers and journalists are lucky to drive lots of cars, but that also means we approach things from a certain angle. With that in mind, we’re starting a new project with our readers. Rather than hogging the keys, we’re slinging them to frequent site visitors, commenters and members of owner groups. The idea is to get a range of perspectives on a certain car, and pull them together in one place. The first car up for assessment is an orange Volkswagen Arteon 206TSI R-Line. Readers Martin Lau: I’ve been interested in cars since I got my first matchbox car! Having owned a WRX (I currently driving a BMW 330i) my niche area is in the sports sedan market. Coming from a science background, I love seeing how cars are evolving over time, and it always excites me when manufacturers introduce new tech in their vehicles. Rhys … [Read more...] about Reader Review: 2018 Volkswagen Arteon 206TSI R-Line
Well, that’s it. No manual transmission for the powered-up Volkswagen Golf GTI range announced this week. Worse, this obituary follows news that the new Polo GTI will also be a DSG-only proposition. Is this the end, then, of the iconic GTI’s enthusiast appeal? Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves: the company hasn’t ruled out returning the manual with the next-generation ‘Mk8’ Golf GTI, but there’s no denying the case will be harder to make if sales of the auto-only MY19 model remain strong. It’s perhaps an overreaction, then, to suggest we’re now one step closer to the ‘H pattern’ becoming a strange glyph for future archaeologists to wonder at – but it does seem inevitable. After all, the number of people ordering manual-equipped Golf GTIs is now fewer than 10 per cent, according to Volkswagen Australia. The world doesn’t stop for single digits. In talking to us this morning, Paul Pottinger, communications … [Read more...] about No Golf GTI manual: Is this the beginning of the end?
Extra power, limited-slip diff and bigger brakes to become standard fit when car arrives in October Volkswagen Australia has announced the Golf GTI Performance will return in October, becoming standard fitment across the GTI range as part of a forthcoming 2019 model-year update.After hinting at plans to release a Performance Edition 2 in the third quarter of this year, a global move to discontinue the 169kW engine tune in the current Golf GTI led the local arm to specify the 'Performance' package for all MY19 Golf GTIs in Australia – meaning the 'standard' car will get more than just a power bump.In addition to the uprated 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, all Australian-delivered GTIs will get a seven-speed wet-clutch DSG transmission, an electro-mechanical front differential lock, along with uprated ventilated front and rear brakes from the Golf R.The extra grunt should see the GTI Performance sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance trim becomes standard for MY19
Dethroning a king is never easy. Historically, even knifing a king in the back is a dangerous business, let alone removing one as publicly as we have done this week. You’ll see, through our comprehensive comparisons, Hyundai’s i30 N has ended the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s reign as the quintessential hot hatch. It took a long time for the GTI to be overthrown, and a lot of hot-hatch fans won’t be happy, but the verdict is in – and it’s by no means the result of just one judge’s view, either. If you read Jez Spinks’s two-car shootout piece, you’ll see that we first set the GTI in five-door guise against the i30 N. Why? Because we wanted to compare an apple with an apple regardless of the two-grand price difference. That is, we pitted a five-door GTI with a manual transmission and adaptive suspension, against a five-door i30 N with a manual transmission and adaptive suspension. Later this week, you’ll see that we’ve also put a … [Read more...] about Hyundai’s i30 N is a proper hot hatch, and a Golf GTI beater