Connected at the highest level. Like all current Volkswagen models, the new Golf R Estate is optimally connected with its owner or user. The basis for this includes standard digital instruments (Digital Cockpit Pro) with a ten-inch display, the Ready 2 Discover Infotainment system (10.0-inch touchscreen) and the multifunction sports steering wheel. It’s important to note that all infotainment systems form part of the new, third generation of the modular infotainment matrix (MIB3). They are all linked to an online connectivity unit (OCU) featuring an eSIM. OCU and eSIM provide access to a permanently growing range of online-based functions and services that are made available using the brand’s own Volkswagen We ecosystem. Of course, the new Golf R Estate is prepared for the range of We Connect and We Connect Plus.
Digital operation of light, vision, temperature and sound. The light and vision functions of all Golf models have been re-designed, re-bundled and are now more intuitively operable: the lights as well as the windscreen and rear window heating are operated using a digital panel to the left of the instruments. The centre console is also characterised by perfect ergonomics: this area is now clearer than ever – particularly with the inclusion of the shift-by-wire gear knob for the dual clutch gearboxes (DSG), which is significantly smaller than previously. The theme continues to flow across the new roof console, where Volkswagen has also digitalised the operation. The touch sliders are also used to adjust the temperature of the air conditioning system and to control the volume.
Networked infotainment and entertainment. As an option, the driver’s digital workplace can be equipped with the Discover Media or Discover Pro navigation system. Among other things, Discover Pro features high-end map navigation and natural voice control. In addition, a windscreen head up display is available, which projects all the important information on the windscreen and thus virtually in front of the driver so that it is directly in the driver’s field of vision and they do not have to take their eyes off the road.
Harman Kardon sound system. There are moments in life when one wants to hear more than just the throaty sound of the engine, for example, concert music. The optional 480-watt Harman Kardon sound system has been completely redeveloped for this purpose. It includes a 12-channel Ethernet amplifier and ten loudspeakers. There is one treble speaker with a 60-millimetres diameter in the A-pillars and rear door trim, and a bass speaker (168 millimetres) in the front and rear door trim panels on each side of the vehicle. In addition, there is a centre speaker (116 millimetres) in the dash panel at the front, and a subwoofer (18 inches in diameter) fitted into the spare wheel well at the back.
Intuitive voice control. Operation in the Golf R Estate can also be supported by new, natural, learning voice control on request. The system is activated by saying “Hello Volkswagen” or pressing the voice button on the steering wheel. For instance, the Golf R Estate now responds with “Yes, please?” and “What would you like to do?” and reacts to intuitive voice commands, such as “I’m cold” with the right automatic air conditioner setting. The navigation system, air conditioning system, phone and Infotainment system can be controlled with voice commands. New, digital microphones not only ensure perfect voice recognition and voice quality such as for phone calls, but also locate the person who is speaking, be it the driver or front passenger.
Alexa comes with. For paired smartphones with an Android operating system, the Alexa voice assistant is on board and can implement commands in English (US/UK), German, French, Italian and Spanish. Alexa helps with point-of-interest (POI) searches nearby, POI input for navigation and volume control. Functions normally used at home can also be called up, such as information requests, weather information, news, opening times, and smart home controls. All it takes is a command spoken in the car, such as “Alexa, switch the light on in the lounge,” is all it takes to activate the relevant function in the connected home.
Wireless App Connect. The Golf R Estate offers additional comfort with the standard Wireless App Connect. Drivers and front passengers can use App Connect to directly access selected smartphone apps using the Infotainment system. With newer iPhones and Apple CarPlayTM, this also works wirelessly via Bluetooth. The Golf R Estate is also prepared for We Connect and We Connect Plus. In addition, extensive personalisation (storage of personal settings) and the eCall emergency call system (automatic or manual assistance in emergency situations via a multilingual call centre) are on-board as basic functions.
Mobile key. The compatible smartphone optionally becomes the vehicle key thanks to the We Connect interface; a mobile phone connection is superfluous. It is sufficient to hold the smartphone near the door handle in the same way as the keyless locking and starting system Keyless Access opens the Golf R Estate. Place the smartphone in the storage compartment with interface for mobile telephone of the centre console to start the engine. Furthermore, it is possible to send the mobile key to trusted people so that they can also use their smartphone as a key.