VW has told TopAuto that its confirmed Golf 8 line-up in South Africa will consist of the Golf 8 GTI and the Golf 8 R.
The “standard” Golf 8 range is still being considered for a local introduction, and has not been confirmed.
“Volkswagen’s Golf 8 strategy in South Africa focuses on the performance attributes of the Golf,” the company told TopAuto.
According to VW, this is why the GTI variant was launched first – which will be followed by the introduction of the Golf 8 R in the first quarter of 2022.
“Volkswagen is still investigating the feasibility of launching other derivatives in the Golf 8 range,” said the company.
VW Golf 8 features
The eighth generation of the Golf was unveiled in October 2019 and was said to be the most progressive model to date.
Compared to the generation it replaced, this Golf’s front fascia featured a lower-slung look with a minimalist front bumper and sleek new headlights.
At the rear, it was given sharper tail lights, a new bumper, and a central Golf logo to set it apart.
The interior then received a complete overhaul, with digitisation being the main theme.
The majority of the buttons in the previous model are replaced by touch-sensitive surfaces and a large screen now sits on top of the redesigned dash.
The standard equipment list was also improved for the range as every Golf 8 offers:
- Climate control
- All-round LED lights
- Digital instrument cluster
- Multifunction steering wheel
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Front emergency braking assist
- Lane keep assist
It achieves a 5-star Euro NCAP crash rating and a Euro NCAP Advanced award for its cutting-edge safety systems, too.
Golf 8 engines
In Europe, the Golf 8 range is available with four engines – split between two petrol and two diesel options.
Two 1.5-litre, turbo-petrol motors generate 96kW and 110kW respectively, and pair with a new six-speed manual transmission.
The 2.0-litre, turbo-diesel derivatives produce 85kW and 110kW, respectively, with the lesser-powerful motor also paired to the manual gearbox.
A seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox is then fitted to the range-topping diesel model as standard.
A plug-in hybrid Golf 8 GTE is also on offer in this market – another model that will not be visiting local showrooms.
This derivative offers a 60km all-electric driving range, a 0-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds, and a combined fuel consumption of 1.5l/100km, said VW.
The VW Golf 8 went on sale in Europe in the first quarter of 2020.
The current German starting price for the entry-level model is €20,700 (R360,000).