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2019 VW Golf Mk8 price، specs and release date

Monday 04/March/2019 - 10:24 AM
Sada El Balad


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While the 2019 Volkswagen Golf will be all new you can expect it to stay close to the price of the current model – with a price tag of £18،000 for a basic 1.0-litre petrol model، while a more powerful 1.5-litre petrol will start from about £22،000. Range-topping GTI and performance R models are likely to go on sale two years after the regular car’s release.

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf may be an all-new car، but you’ll have no problem spotting it as VW’s evergreen family car.

What has changed? Well، as you can see from our exclusive image the new Golf is heavily tipped to get a new low set، slim-line grille. That’ll allow for better pedestrian safety by raising the (relatively) soft bonnet above the hard engine below. You can expect the grille to hide air flaps that close at speed to help the car cut through the air at a cruise on the motorway.

The lower bumper will have large air vents under the headlights to channel air around the car’s front wheels – again to make it more aerodynamic – and you can expect the car’s radar sensors، used for its autonomous driving aids، to be more neatly packaged than they are in the current car. Lighting will come from standard-fit front LEDs which will provide bright، white light and will likely come with integrated scrolling LED indicators. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf will also be available with computer controlled matrix LEDs that can be used on full beam even in oncoming traffic.

The other thing that’ll be noticeable when you stand front on will be the Golf’s increased track – the space between the left and right wheels – is set to be wider to allow for more cabin room and to make the car handle better in bends.

Side on، this added width will be hidden by a more prominent body crease that runs between the front and rear wheels، though the two-box shape and the customary thick pillar behind your rear passengers will make it instantly recognisable. You’ll be able to choose from alloy wheels ranging from 16 to 19-inches in size. The latter will likely be offered in sporty R Line trim which also buys you a subtle body kit that’ll make your car look like a sporty GTI model، but without the inherent higher running costs.

Even basic cars will get a subtle rear spoiler، designed to help fuel economy at motorway speed. Like the front، LED lights will be standard at the rear and will likely perform a cool light up sequence when you lock and unlock the car. The rear bumper design will depend on the version with entry-level cars getting a plainer design while sportier R Line cars will get a mock rear diffuser.

To see the most significant changes that’ll be made to the 2019 Volkswagen Golf، you might want to skip the outside and jump straight behind the wheel because it’s inside where the real revolution will happen.

While it’s not easy to tell from this snapped picture of a prototype، even basic models will come with a large central infotainment screen that’ll come fitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard – so you can use your phone’s sat-nav on the car’s big screen – and offer next-generation voice activation that really can understand spoken commands.

Spend extra and you’ll be able to swap the single central infotainment screen for two huge displays that sweep from behind the steering wheel to the centre of the dashboard. This upgraded system’s digital instrument binnacle will be capable of displaying a large sat-nav display behind the steering wheel، while the centre touchscreen will come fitted with connected tech that’ll mean the car can do things like find a parking space in real time. The same connected services will also mean you’ll be able to lock and unlock the car، update the sat-nav and check fuel levels remotely using an app on your phone.

With colourful displays used to control most of the car’s functions، the dashboard will be largely free of conventional buttons – leaving the way clear for expensive trim pieces and selectable mood lighting that’ll make the car feel more premium. Expect plastic quality to be extremely high with soft and squidgy materials used for everything in your eye line.

Edited by Rabea Yehia

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