Fifty-years and flying – latest Golf continues to impress
Volkswagen’s Golf is celebrating its 50th birthday this year – and VW is launching an
enhanced version of its bestseller to mark the anniversary. Customers will be able to
order the new model in just a few weeks.
The new Golf comes with a next-generation infotainment system, a more intuitive
operating concept, a sharper front and rear end design as well as efficient drive
systems. These include plug-in hybrid drives with an increased all-electric range of
about 100 kilometres. In addition, an illuminated Volkswagen logo adorns the front
for the first time on a Golf.
Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars: “The Golf has been at the heart
of the Volkswagen brand for half a century now, offering affordable mobility for all at
the highest technical level. This is precisely what we are now building on with the
new evolutionary stage – with even higher efficiency, comfort and quality and a new
operating concept. The Golf does not get any better than this.”
Revamped front and rear and new light design. The new Golf’s redesigned front end
features an illuminated Volkswagen logo and newly designed LED headlights. The
top-of-the-range IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights incorporate a new high-
performance main beam with a range of up to 500 m. The IQ.LIGHT 3D LED tail
light clusters in both body versions have also received a new design.
New infotainment landscape and ChatGPT integration.
Inside, the model series features a newly developed, intuitive infotainment system
with a free-standing touchscreen (screen diagonal up to 32.8 cm). This has
ergonomically optimised and illuminated touch sliders for temperature and volume
control at its base.
Also new are the enhanced multi-function steering wheel and new IDA voice
assistant. Using natural language, the IDA can be used not only to control functions
such as the air conditioning, telephone or navigation system, but also to access
online information from all conceivable areas – from weather forecasts to general
The Golf will have the latest infotainment system generation on board in future. This
integrates the artificial-intelligence-based chatbot ChatGPT into the IDA voice
assistant. This feature can seamlessly access the ever-growing database of artificial
intelligence. Occupants can interact with the car using natural language and have
researched content read aloud to them while travelling.
Parking made easy thanks to new assist systems. Manoeuvring the Golf is made
easier by new assist systems such as the enhanced Park Assist Plus function. When
driving past a parking space, it can detect whether the space (parallel or bay) is large
enough and starts the parking procedure 3 accordingly. It takes over the steering as
well as acceleration and braking 3 . All the driver has to do is monitor the parking
In addition, Park Assist Pro will be available for the Golf for the first time, enabling
drivers to guide the vehicle in and out of parking spaces with their smartphone. The
vehicle can be driven out of the parking space remotely if the parking space is very
narrow, for example. Another new feature is the Area View system – here, a 360-
degree all-round view is created by merging four cameras, and the corresponding
image is transferred to the infotainment system touchscreen. This makes it easy to
see kerbs and parking space markings.
New powertrain range.
The new plug-in hybrid drives in the Golf offer increased power and an electric range
of about 100 km, and are additionally equipped with a DC quick-charging function.
The 48 V mild hybrid drives are particularly appealing for drivers who have no
charging wall box at home. Several options – mild hybrid (eTSI), plug-in hybrid
(eHybrid and GTE), turbocharged petrol (TSI) and turbocharged diesel (TDI) – will
be available for the product line in the launch phase. The Golf GTI has become
sportier with added power compared to its predecessor. Further Golf derivatives will
be introduced successively throughout 2024.
50 years of Golf history
The first series-produced Golf was built at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg at the
end of March 1974. The official launch began in May. Prior to this, the Beetle and
thus the combination of a rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive had shaped the
Volkswagen brand for decades. At the beginning of the 1970s, the first Golf – like the
Passat, the Scirocco and the Polo – marked the start of a new era: that of the front-
mounted engine and front-wheel drive. The modern and safe drive system concept,
the great flexibility with a tailgate and folding rear seat backrest, and the design were
so convincing that the millionth Golf rolled off the assembly line by October 1976.
In the seven generations that followed, the Golf came with technology such as the
controlled catalytic converter and efficient drive systems, and additionally offered
safety features such as the anti-lock braking system, airbags or the first all-wheel
drive system in the product line. The secret behind the Golf’s success is also down to
the fact that the designers transferred the first generation’s DNA to its successors,
thereby cultivating the classic Golf design.
Comfort, quality and innovative assist systems gained importance with each
generation and continue to set standards today. Over the past 50 years, the Golf has
become a high-tech compact class all of its own, the model winning countless awards
and comparative tests at home and abroad. Various derivatives such as the Estate,
Cabriolet and Sportsvan followed; the all-electric e-Golf and sporty models, with the
abbreviation GTI, GTE, and the flagship Golf R quickly established themselves. The
Golf was one of the first cars in the segment to offer assisted driving via Travel Assist.
To date, more than 37 million Golfs have been sold across eight generations. The
Golf is a solid pillar for the Volkswagen brand and is always able to adapt as a driver
of innovation. With the new evolutionary stage, the brand is building precisely on
that – with enhanced efficiency, comfort and quality and a smart operating concept.
Ireland awaits Golf’s summer arrival
Golf is lined up for summer tee-off in Ireland. Irish customers will be able to order
the new Golf from next month. Pricing and model specifications will be announced in
early February with the order books opening soon after. The first Irish Golfs will be
available in showrooms from July.
Alan Bateson, Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Ireland, said: “When the Golf
first arrived here in 1974, few would have guessed it would go on to revolutionise the
motor industry. Five decades later and it is still the first name that comes to people’s
minds when you ask them to think of a Volkswagen. We are fortunate to have had a
few iconic Volkswagens over the years, but the Golf is the car that everyone has either
driven or been driven in. A vehicle for the people, it is also a car for the ages. This
latest iteration is a perfect example of how the Golf has evolved over the years to
cater for the latest motoring trends, tech requirements and customer demands.”