VW Golf 8 Variant (2020) is getting closer to the Passat

So much space! The new VW Golf Variant is getting closer to the Passat

Of course there is also a station wagon version of the Golf 8. The Variant is growing a little longer and is again being offered as a robust Alltrack. All information and seat sample!

Market launch and price

Almost a year after the presentation of the regular Golf, VW has now presented the Variant. The estate version has been an integral part of the compact model since the third generation. It also benefits from the innovations that we already know from the five-door, such as the standard digital speedometer and the optional matrix LED light. The car is expected to roll out to dealers by the end of 2020. At the start of the order, there is only the two-liter TDI with 116 hp, so prices start at 28,566 euros. If the three-liter entry-level petrol is also available later, that should VW Golf Variant in the base cost just over 23,000 euros.

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Above all, length and wheelbase are growing

Up to the B-pillar, the Variant is the same as the regular Golf, only then does the estate car come in. Compared to its predecessor, the rear window is a little more slanted, the standard LED lights come from the five-door. Otherwise the rear only changes in detail.

So much space! The new VW Golf Variant is getting closer to the Passat

Above all, the length and wheelbase grow in the station wagon. That means more legroom and trunk space.

Thanks to newly designed beads and edges, the tailgate now merges more harmoniously with the rest of the body, the reflectors are no longer attached directly above the apron. Both Dimensions the Variant has increased its length and wheelbase compared to the seventh generation. In both disciplines it is 6.6 centimeters, so that the station wagon is now 4.63 meters long and the wheelbase can be put at 2.69 meters. The width (1.79 meters) and height (1.46 meters), on the other hand, are almost unchanged and identical to the five-door.

Lots of space for a compact one

So much space! The new VW Golf Variant is getting closer to the Passat

The Variant takes over the fully digital, almost buttonless cockpit from the Golf 8.

AUTO BILD has already sat in the new Golf Variant. It should come as no surprise that we already know the cockpit from regular golf. Its station wagon version also comes as standard with digital instruments on a 10.25-inch screen and an 8.25-inch touchscreen for infotainment. For a surcharge, the latter also grows to 10.25 inches and is also equipped with a navigation system. Most of the buttons and switches were thrown out of the eighth Golf generation, and even the light is operated via a touch surface. The new multifunction steering wheel has a whole armada of buttons for this.

According to VW, the 6.6 centimeters longer are primarily beneficial for legroom. So the one on the back seat grows from a maximum of 90 to 94 centimeters. When you first try out the seat, the Golf Variant actually has a surprising amount of space in the rear for a compact. This feeling of space is enhanced upwards by the panoramic sliding roof of our photo vehicle. And that too Trunk is larger despite the inclined pane. It now holds 611 liters (plus six liters compared to its predecessor), if you fold down the rear seat, it is 1642 liters – 22 liters more than the Golf 7 station wagon. Optionally there is again a 12-volt socket in the right-hand side panel and – an innovation – also a socket with 230 volts. If you have ordered it, the electric trailer coupling can also be retracted and extended here.

Conclusion from Katharina Berndt: With the new Golf Variant, the gap to the Passat station wagon is significantly reduced. Both offer state-of-the-art technology, high-quality materials and sufficient space on the back seat and in the trunk. It remains to be seen how VW wants to prevent the Golf Variant from snapping away the station wagon customers from the Passat.

Functions can be activated later

So much space! The new VW Golf Variant is getting closer to the Passat

Ex works are e.g. a lane departure warning system and a new turning assistant on board.

With the new generation, VW has the Standard equipment of the Golf Variant expanded. A lane departure warning assistant, an environment monitoring assistant with emergency braking function and pedestrian detection, a new turning assistant, a drowsiness detection system and an electronic differential lock are now ex works. There are also amenities such as automatic air conditioning, a keyless start system, a Bluetooth interface and comfort seats.

Matrix LEDs or semi-autonomous driving with Travel Assist are available for a surcharge. In addition, some functions can also be activated later. This includes the automatic distance control ACC, the high-beam assistant or infotainment features such as a WiFi hotspot, voice control and App-Connect to integrate smartphone apps.

Alltrack with 200 hp

So much space! The new VW Golf Variant is getting closer to the Passat

The Alltrack comes with more ground clearance, all-round planking and a 200 PS diesel.

There is also a robust all-track version of the new Golf Variant generation. It is equipped with different aprons, plastic planking all around and more solid-looking materials in the interior. In addition, the bad road station wagon offers more ground clearance, all-wheel drive and a more powerful engine. The two-liter TDI makes a smooth 200 hp. Equipped in this way, the Variant Alltrack can pull up to two tons.

48 volt system for petrol engines with DSG

As before, the Variant takes over almost all of the engines from the regular Golf, only the basic engine is omitted. In the case of gasoline engines, the spectrum therefore begins with a one-liter three-cylinder (110 hp), followed by one. 1.5-liter four-cylinder in the two output levels 130 and 150 hp. All engines are equipped with a six-speed gearbox as standard. If you opt for a seven-speed DSG, the gasoline engines become mild hybrids with a 48-volt system. The two-liter diesel engine, on the other hand, is equipped with a double SCR catalytic converter and correspondingly double AdBlue injection, which should reduce nitrogen oxides. It is offered with 115 or 150 hp.


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