Is the Essential Golf 8 really economical?

At the entry level, the 110-horsepower TSI three-cylinder engine allows the Golf 8 to service at lower prices than the average engines. The price of a compact Volkswagen then starts at less than 30 thousand euros, provided you are satisfied with the first level of equipment. what are you expecting ?

The Golf has long been no longer the popular and (relatively) affordable compact car that it was when it debuted in 1974. Eight generations later, Volkswagen is proud to have achieved “premium access” status and starred in the genre. (With the Peugeot 308 in the official best enemy, but that’s another topic). The Golf 8, launched in early 2020, followed the trend of its predecessors: always a little bigger (4.28m today), more technological, more expensive … like all cars, after all. So it’s no surprise to find compact packages on offer at the family car price of 10 years ago.

As a result, the Golf objectively became an expensive car: at the mid-range end you have to plan at least 33,000 euros with a 4-cylinder 1.5 TSI and 37,000 euros in a diesel 2.0 TDI 115, not to mention a PHEV hybrid, far from democratic from the top 42,000 euros Except for the options! For businesses, it still passes (taxes help). less for individuals.

The small 3-cylinder 1.0 TSI engine has the advantage of at least a lower entry ticket. The 1.0 TSI engine starts at €28,395 with a manual gearbox. Not available during testing, we looked at a variant equipped with a micro-hybrid (called eTSI) that is automatically linked to the DSG7 dual-clutch gearbox. Those of us who wanted to be satisfied with our more stripped-down golf game missed it! A little more expensive: €31,180 at the end of basic life. At least, accepted at 117 g/km, it gets away with it.


Micro-hybridization above all benefits from approval and mitigates stop/start interventions. But there is no miracle at the pump: unless you strictly adhere to ecological driving, consumption is normal, and nothing more.

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On the road: the “triple” goodwill

This motor sticks well to this efficient and comfortable engine (the rear axle is less advanced than that of the more powerful mechanics, but has no noticeable effect on its behavior at usual speeds). Unlike many three-cylinders on the market, Volkswagen’s small block shows itself as well-educated and adequately insulated. Some slight vibrations and shocks, typical of this architecture, can be observed at low revs, especially when cold. Nothing extravagant compared to what we find elsewhere (Puretech 110 hp than base engine 308 is more powerful).

Instead of muted, 1.0 eTSI combined with DSG provides noticeable smoothness. Even in the city, the Stop/Start interventions, along with the alternator (actually the main effect of the 48V micro-hybridization) run smoothly. The device also allows free movement, stop the motor, and lift the foot. Sometimes just a point of instability, the consistency of the braking varies depending on the small battery charge responsible for the operation of the system (placed under the front passenger seat).


Test - Volkswagen Golf 1.0 eTSI 110 (2022): Is the basic Golf 8 really economical?

A digital display is standard, as is a host of safety and assistance features. Unlike the higher finishes, there are no touch steering wheel controls but the classic buttons. Less technology but more practical.

Thus, the fake golf is not a discount version. Ditto on the chrono side: 10.2 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h, and a fitting reminder of the small displacement engine that ultimately doesn’t have anything undersized. Not violent, but the torque available early enough (200 Nm at 2,000 rpm) results in an interesting agility. The Golf 8 manages to contain its weight, it helps (1,302 kg, we’ve seen worse these days). So much for first impressions, quite enviable. On the other hand, four adults and some baggage on board will quickly remind us of humility on the fast track… Often revivals on the highway result in a falling report, followed by somewhat melee acceleration. In the question, the management of the box is clearly oriented towards sobriety: not too fast, and prefers higher gears.

At the pump, you run as long as you maintain a moderate pace and avoid the city or highway at a good pace. Alas, as soon as you do not strictly adhere to the rules of eco-driving, your appetite increases and benefiting from a small dose of electricity seems very ridiculous: far from the advertised 5.2 l / 100 km, you will quickly reach an average of 7 liters. A 4-cylinder 1.5 TSI with 130 hp, certainly more expensive, a little more powerful and discreet … and hardly more greedy.


Test - Volkswagen Golf 1.0 eTSI 110 (2022): Is the basic Golf 8 really economical?

The call price is €28,395 valid only for a three-cylinder 1.0 TSI in manual gearbox. With the DSG7 automatic box (automatic in micro-hybridization) and a few options, 30,000 euros are crossed very quickly.

Equipment: full of security, but some banality

Given this relatively hefty price tag, the giveaway seems quite appropriate. The basics are there in terms of assistance and safety systems: lane keep assist, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control and front/rear parking radar are standard. Even in the technology on board, the equipment is great … At first glance: the digital cockpit, screens and induction charger are provided automatically. The show has its effect but you have to look in the options menu to take advantage of the original GPS or even to activate the media interface for smartphones! Frustrated at this price. Same note for standard End-of-Life upholstery, in a plain-looking fabric. We also forget about the 18-inch rims for our trial version, obviously optional (715 euros). As standard, we are satisfied with 16-inch wheels with a simpler design.

In the next ‘style’ end, the presentation is a bit more satisfactory and the equipment more comprehensive. More expensive and only available with the 1.5 TSI 130 in call-equip (from €33,010), but additional equipment (and power to a lesser extent) is something to think about.


Test - Volkswagen Golf 1.0 eTSI 110 (2022): Is the basic Golf 8 really economical?

The aspect ratio / habitability is one of the strengths of golf. The rear seats are relatively large and the trunk is adequate (380 liters).

Technical characteristics Volkswagen Golf 8 (2022)

Volkswagen Golf 8 (2022) Data Sheet
Model tested: Volkswagen Golf 8 1.0 eTSI Life (2022)
Dimensions L x W x H 4.284 / 1.789 / 1.491 m
wheelbase 2,619 AD
Minimum/Maximum Trunk Size 380 / 1,237 liters
Tare weight (DIN) 1.302 kg
Engine displacement 3-Cylinder Inline Gasoline Engine, Turbo + 48V Micro Hybridization (Alternator) – 999 cc
Max power 110 HP at 5500 rpm
Max torque 200 Nm at 2000 rpm
0 to 100 km/h 10.2 seconds
maximum speed 202 km/h
Carbon dioxide rate (WLTP) 117 g/km
Mixed Consumption (WLTP) declared/recorded 5.2 L / 100 km / 7.0 L
2022 . penalty 0 euro
the prices From 28,395 euros (model tested: 31,180 euros)

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