Since its introduction in 1974, more than 35 million Golfs have been sold. Digitally remastered to enhance user experience and boost efficiency and performance, the Golf Mk8 is ready for the future. Built on the same MQB platform as the Mk7, this eight-generation version shares the same impressive practical and dynamic driving DNA as its predecessors. However, Volkswagen tossed a handful of its most clever technologies into the mix—including advanced connectivity and driver assistance systems—making this the most responsive, intuitive Golf ever.
Perfect balance of everyday ‘posh’
The epitome of the classless automobile, the Golf bridges mainstream family cars and pricier, premium alternatives. The Mk8 is still unmistakably a Golf, only updated with innovative twists. The Golf 8 features a smart new exterior, clean design with narrow LED headlights, and a leaner front grille. Inside the futuristic interior, you’ll find The Innovision Cockpit, which displays all your settings on a 10-inch screen. Easily adjust your driving position, Driver Assistance systems, and more, and save your preferences after setting up and logging into your Volkswagen ID.
Driving power perfected
The Golf 8’s refined driving manners and greater efficiency can be attributed to Volkswagen’s new e-TSI engine under its hood. The e-TSI drastically reduces fuel consumption and emissions by using a lithium-ion battery to help power the engine at low speeds. Every time you hit the brakes or slip your foot off the gas into coast mode, the battery automatically recharges. For added driver interaction, a six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard. Or, if you prefer more everyday usability, you can choose a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
What is a full electric vehicle? An electric vehicle, also called an EV, uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. The energy used for driving an EV is stored in the battery and the battery is charged at a charge station (at home, at the office or in public).What do I need to charge my electric vehicle? To charge your electric vehicle, you will require a recharging station, a charging cable, and a charging card.How many kilometres can I drive on a fully charged battery? A fully charged battery with a capacity of 40 kW will enable you to drive 200 to 250 kilometers. If you drive sensibly, you will achieve even more. Speed has the most effect on the amount of power drawn down from your battery, so you are advised to keep to the permitted speed limits.
There are also other factors that may have an effect on your driving range:
- High or low temperatures (resulting in continuous operation of the air conditioning/heating)
- A (too) sporty driving style
- Driving with a strong headwind
- A fully loaded car
- Driving uphill for a long period of time
Does an electric vehicle require different maintenance than a vehicle with petrol or diesel? An electric vehicle requires less maintenance. This is due to the engine's reduced number of moving parts compared to a conventional combustion motor, which therefore leads to reduced wear. Moreover, oil changes are a thing of the past and the vehicle does not have an exhaust or gears. In addition, the brakes are less susceptible to wear thanks to the regenerative braking capacity.How safe are electric vehicles? Electric vehicles are approved for all safety factors, just like conventional vehicles. In the event of a collision, there is a possibility that some parts may receive an active charge or that short-circuiting causes an electrical fire, though the safety precautions and construction have limited this risk to an absolute minimum.How long will it take to charge my vehicle? That depends on a number of factors: the type of vehicle, the power left in the battery, how fast your vehicle charges, and which type of recharging station you will be using. When charging your vehicle with a standard power socket, approximately 10 hours is required. This is approximately 2 to 4 hours when using a public recharging terminal. When using a fast-charger (primarily located along highways), your battery will reach 80% charge in 30 minutes. Do keep in mind that using fast-chargers is more expensive than standard recharging stations.What does it cost to charge an electric vehicle? This depends on where you will be charging your vehicle. Home recharging stations are the most economical in most situations. The average electric vehicle uses 15 to 20 kWh per 100 km. If your home electricity rate is €0.25 and you drive an average of 15,000 km per year, your charging costs will range between €563 and €750 per year. When charging away from home, your rate is determined by the recharging terminal provider. A starting fee and incentive rate are often charged in addition to the kWh charge. Via www.plugsurfing.com, you'll find an overview of available recharging terminals in Belgium and Europe including the price per kWh.
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