Volkswagen Golf range expanded with new entry-level 1.0-litre petrol option

Volkswagen Golf range expanded with new entry-level 1.0-litre petrol option

It drops the prices of the new eight-generation Golf to £23,300

Volkswagen has introduced a new entry-level petrol option to the line-up of its popular Golf hatchback.

Previously only available with 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines, the range has now been expanded with a new 108bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine, which comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

With this engine, the Golf can accelerate from 0-60mph in 10 seconds, and would keep going to a top speed of 126mph. As for efficiency, Volkswagen claims it will return 52.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 121g/km.

It’ll be exclusively offered in entry-level Life trim, though this still comes equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a 10-inch touchscreen and a digital cockpit of the same size.

Thanks to the introduction of the engine, prices of the cheapest Golf have dropped by £600 to £23,300. The firm says this 1.0-litre unit will gain a mild-hybrid system later this year, which will come as standard when a DSG automatic gearbox is made available.

The Golf is one of the UK’s most popular new cars, with the variety on offer being a key reason for its success. VW has already introduced a new R-Line grade to this new hatchback, while a host of sporty variants are joining the line-up in 2020. These include the petrol GTI, plug-in hybrid GTE and diesel GTD hot hatches, with an even hotter ‘R’ model following in 2021. A more spacious Estate version is also on the way.

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