Volkswagen unveils refreshed Golf Mk8 with interior improvements
Interior updates have been unveiled ahead of the car’s full unveiling at the end of January
In a significant update to one of VW's most iconic models, the firm is set to unveil a refreshed version of the Golf Mk8 before the end of this month. This release coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Golf in 2024.
The highlight of this update is a revamped interior which will incorporate for the first time AI assisted voice assitance using Chat GPT. Volkswagen has listened to feedback and says it has addressed usability issues present in the current model. Notably, the new Golf will replace touch-sensitive controls on the steering wheel with more conventional buttons and switches. In addition, the central infotainment system receives backlighting on its slider controls.
While the interior sees significant changes, the exterior updates look to be subtler. The facelift includes revised headlights, a slightly narrower grille, and redesigned bumpers.
Under the hood, Volkswagen remains tight-lipped about the specific engine lineup. However, the brand promises new assist systems and powertrains, hinting at efficiency improvements.
The updates will be introduced across the Golf range, including the more potent GTI and R models. Deliveries are scheduled to arrive in UK dealerships this summer.
It comes after the firm revealed the ID.7, its latest electric saloon set to rival the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq 6. It features a fastback design and advanced technological offerings.
The ID.7 comes in two versions, Pro and Pro S, with the Pro model equipped with a 77kWh battery offering up to 382 miles of range and the Pro S featuring an 86kWh battery for up to 435 miles, surpassing the Tesla Model 3's range.
Both versions support rapid charging, with the Pro S capable of charging speeds up to 200kW. The ID.7 integrates Volkswagen's latest electric drive system with a 282 bhp motor and includes high-end interior features such as 'ergoActive' electric seats with massage function, ambient lighting, a 15-inch touchscreen, and augmented-reality head-up display. Additional luxuries include an optional panoramic sunroof and a 700-watt Harman Kardon sound system.
Pricing for the Volkswagen ID.7 starts from £50,000. A dual-motor, four-wheel-drive variant is anticipated to join the lineup later with an expected start price of £50,000. Like the Golf, which has a range-topping performance focused Golf R, the ID.7 is also expected to come in a high-performance version too.