The new Volkswagen Golf remains an unbeatable icon

The new eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf continues the tradition of staying ahead of the pack by reinventing itself for a new generation

SINGAPORE – One of the enduring icons of the automotive world is arguably the Volkswagen Golf. Ever since its introduction in 1974, the Golf has evolved into a globally-recognisable nameplate. Over the years, it has cemented its status as the king of the hatchback segment by constantly staying ahead of the pack, while retaining its quintessential essence that has made it such a firm favourite over the years. 

2021 Volkswagen Golf 1.5 eTSI
Volkswagen Golf 1.5 eTSI

The Volkswagen Golf has now returned for its eighth generation, and the latest version continues the tradition of its forebears, by offering the latest in tech and features to keep up with the times, while still embodying the Golf DNA within, ensuring that the new model remains unmistakably a Golf.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Singapore
Volkswagen Golf GTI

Indeed, the new Golf has already been a sellout success in Singapore ever since its launch here in May 2021 (although Volkswagen Centre Singapore will have more shipments on the way), and it is a true testament to the Golf’s enduring qualities that has made it such a popular icon for many.

After eight generations of evolution, the Volkswagen Golf is still standing strong, and remains unbeatable in its class. As Volkswagen’s most important and recognisable product today, the Golf represents the pinnacle of what Volkswagen has to offer.

2021 Volkswagen Golf 1.5 e-TSI Singapore
Volkswagen Golf 1.5 eTSI

That distinctive shape and styling language, with the familiar silhouette and C-pillar design, marks out the eighth generation model as nothing else but a Golf. The high-performance Golf GTI features the classic elements of the red stripe, called the GTI Line, that runs across the front of the car, as well as the honeycomb design grille that has been a mainstay of the GTI since its introduction on the fifth generation model.

Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI

But while the Golf offers a familiar presence to many, it has not stood still. Every generation of the Golf marks a leap forward from before, and it is this continuous evolution and improvement through the years that helps the Golf stay on top of the pile.

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For the eighth generation, the Volkswagen Golf has moved into a new era, bringing with it greater tech and efficiency. The interior is very much designed for the digital age, with the Digital Cockpit Pro instrument panel allowing for greater customisation. Meanwhile, digital touch sensitive buttons serve as control points for the car’s various functionalities such as the lights and climate control, and offer a slick and high-end feel to the touch.

2021 Volkswagen Golf 1.5 eTSI interior
The new Golf’s interior is a wonder of practical digitalisation

The Golf is also very much in tune to today’s world of connectivity too. A wireless smartphone charger is available as standard equipment, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility gives you access to your phone’s favourite apps while on the move. On the Golf GTI, you can even connect to the car via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly.

2021 Volkswagen Golf 8 interior

Efficiency also comes into focus on the eighth generation Golf, with its new 1.5-litre eTSI engine making it the most efficient Golf to date. The engine features cylinder deactivation technology that can shut down two of its four cylinders, and is paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that allows for engine-off coasting, resulting in greater fuel efficiency.

The new eighth generation Volkswagen Golf has demonstrated once again why it is the king of hatchbacks. With its iconic style, matched with groundbreaking tech and stellar engineering, the Volkswagen Golf has proven to be More Than An Icon. 

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