Golf. Anything but basic. Volkswagen has completely reconfigured the equipment line for the five-door Golf, so the current Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline equipment lines will be replaced by the Golf, Life and Style lines, as well as a sporty R-Line version. Golf is the first equipment line in the range, and it adds significantly more standard features compared with the equivalent predecessor version. It brings on board the Lane Assist lane keeping system, Front Assist area monitoring system with City Emergency Braking System and predictive pedestrian monitoring, Car2X (local communication with other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure), digital instruments and an 8.25-inch Infotainment system, We Connect and We Connect Plus mobile online services and functions, a multifunction steering wheel, Climatronic (1-zone automatic air conditioning), the Keyless Go keyless central locking system, Bluetooth phone capability, LED headlights, LED reading lamps, and two USB-C ports in the glove compartment. The Golf configuration is delivered with 15-inch Leonhard steel rims. Standard interior fabric: Paper Soul in a dark, sporty shade.
Life. Connected and with background lighting. The Life configuration is already available this year as the first equipment line version. As well as everything included in Golf, the Life configuration features standard elements including 16-inch Norfolk alloy wheels, exterior background lighting including logo projection onto the floor and door handle recess lighting, an interface for high-voltage wireless phone charging, Wireless App Connect (wireless iPhone integration), a centre armrest at the front (with two USB interfaces and vents), a centre armrest at the back (including load-through function), chrome elements around the vents, window regulator switch and mirror adjuster, Park Distance Control, as well as the automatically activated motorway and city light. Also provided as standard: lumbar supports at the front, front passenger seat height adjustment, smartphone and map pocket on the front seats, an Infotainment system with additional functions, a 12 V socket in the luggage compartment, illuminated vanity mirror in the sun visors, and a height-adjustable luggage compartment floor. From the Life equipment line upwards, the Golf also comes with adjustable interior background lighting in ten colours. Standard fabric for seats and trim: light-coloured Maze Storm Grey or the darker Maze Soul.
Style. Exclusive and assisted driving. The new top equipment variant, Style, also includes the following standard equipment details that deviate from the Golf and Life features: 17-inch Belmond alloy wheels, additional exterior chrome features (including trapezoidal tailpipes and lateral window parapet), sports seats at the front with centre seat panels in ArtVelours (driver side as ErgoActive electrically adjustable seat), leather steering wheel and leather gear knob, pedals in aluminium finish, exterior mirror adjustment with memory function, interior background lighting in 32 colours, LED headlights with cornering light and all-weather light, LED tail light clusters with dynamic turn signal, Air Care Climatronic with 3-zone temperature control, and Travel Assist. Standard interior fabric: light-coloured Rock Strom Grey or darker Rock Soul.
R-Line. Thoroughbred dynamism. The new R-Line version is the sportiest specification package for the new Golf. Different R-Line packages had been available for the predecessor. These will be replaced in the eighth Golf generation by a new R-Line equipment concept. As with Style, the Golf and Life specification package scopes already form part of this package's basic configuration. The R-Line version is additionally characterised by the following features (extract): 17-inch Valencia alloy wheels, R-Line-specific bumpers, high-gloss black sill trims, a rear diffuser, premium sport seats featuring integrated head restraints, 32-colour interior background lighting, sports running gear, progressive steering, driving mode selection, black headliner, aluminium gear knob, multifunction steering wheel with perforated leather, R-Line-specific trims and contrasting topstitching as well as brushed stainless steel pedals and foot rest. Standard interior material: grey Karoso Soul.
Technologies can be retrofitted. Regardless of the specification package: as a new feature, technologies on board the new Golf will, for the first time, not only be capable of updates, but in many cases also capable of upgrades, i.e. they can be enabled retrospectively (We Upgrade). This means that certain features including ACC Adaptive Cruise Control, Light Assist main beam control, the navigation system, App Connect (integrating smartphone apps), Wireless App Connect (wirelessly integrating iPhone apps), a Wi-Fi hotspot and voice control can also be activated retrospectively.
Nine colours available at launch: The new Golf will launch in nine different shades. These are: three non-metallic paints Urano Grey (standard), Pure White and Moonstone Grey; four metallic shades Atlantic Blue, Dolphin Grey, Lemon Yellow, and King’s Red; as well as the pearl-effect Deep Black paint and premium mother-of-pearl-effect Oryx White.
New panoramic sunroof. Volkswagen has developed a new tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof for the Golf. The roof is opened and closed using an intuitive touch slider at the front of the headliner. The new panoramic sunroof has a new full-glass appearance with far fewer joints and a 5% larger glazed area. In order to prevent turbulence and noise at high speeds, the open roof can be set to close slightly as the car accelerates.