A discussion about the best hatchbacks ever produced is never complete without mentioning the Volkswagen Golf. It is one of the vehicle models with a lengthy history, with its production stretching over four decades ever since its debut in 1974. Over the years, it has been the recipient of several awards, according to Wikipedia. Some of the awards include World Car of the Year in 2009 and also the European Car of the Year, twice in 1992 and 2013. In 2015, the seventh generation Golf won the Motor Trend Car of the Year. With so many awards to its name, you expect this model to have a lot of fans – which is the actual picture. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R is coming out soon, and many car lovers are waiting for its grand entry. Here are ten things you probably did not know about the 2021 version of the iconic Golf.
1. Sporty Exterior
Since the third-generation model, the Volkswagen Golf took a sportier leaning, a feature that heavily reflected on its exterior. The new edition continues with the legacy of the Mk8 generation, when it comes to exterior styling. A noticeable feature is the slim headlights, which are a massive contrast from the large lights that characterized the first generation Golf models. The front grille is quite minimalistic, with the Volkswagen logo appearing prominently.
2. Body Styles
For years, the Volkswagen Golf was synonymous with the hatchback style featuring both 3-door and 5-door models. Later on, station wagons and cabriolet versions of the Golf came through. As from pictures doing rounds on the internet of the 2021 Golf, it is safe to say that it will come in its signature hatchback. It will most probably be a 5-door version, after the discontinuation of 3-door models due to poor sales.
3. Its Competition Factor
There are several hatchbacks in the automotive manufacturing sector, which give the 2021 Golf a run for its money. Some of the models trying to edge the new edition Volkswagen Golf include the Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai Veloster N, and Subaru WRX. The Golf fares well against its competitors when you look at its power, comfort, and exterior looks.
4. Interior Styling
According to Motor1, the new edition Golf will feature a breathtaking interior, decorated with a 10-inch infotainment system, and ambient lighting with almost 30 colors to choose. It retains the plaid seats with red stitching and accents. The car is spacious, with ample legroom that may come as a surprise to many first time users of this car due to its small outlook. The cargo compartment is spacious as and can accommodate large capacities of luggage.
5. Its Performance
When getting a new car, you need to have your eyes set on its performance to know what it is capable of on the tarmac. The latest edition Golf will probably sport a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The powerful engine will produce 329 horsepower, which goes to all wheels, controlled by a dual-clutch transmission. According to Top Speed, a car review website, the engine of the 2021 Golf is an upgrade from the preceding 7th generation models, which were capable of a 288 horsepower. The impressive power of this car will put it under the hot hatch classification, with acceleration times of about four seconds from 0-60 miles per hour.
Customization of cars give the owner freedom to have a personal touch mostly on the exterior. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf is a versatile car that you can easily customize when need be. Some of the tweaks you can pull include having your unique paint job and also modifying the wheels to achieve a sportier look. However, as with many new car models, do not go overboard with customization as you may lose its original essence in the process.
7. Performance Models
The Golf GTI is the performance model, commonly spotted at sporting events with a powerful engine to boot. While details of the available performance models are not out, sites such as Car and Driver opine that the GTI will debut soon. Under its hood will be a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which is capable of 241 hp. It will sport a front-wheel-drive powertrain under the control of a six-speed manual transmission or the automatic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
8. Target Market
The Golf R has, for a long time, set its eyes on the European market, where it has various awards to its name. It has also made a mark in the United States market as well as the far-east market. The 2021 model will still seek credibility in Europe, with reports indicating that only the GTI will make it to the American market. It is a matter of time to see how this vehicle’s marketing dynamic will turn out.
9. Safety and Driver-Assisted Features
Most new edition car makes come with various safety and driver-assisted features to enhance driving experience. The safety features of the 2021 Golf are not yet confirmed, though speculation points to them being the same as the 2020 edition. The following are some of the features we expect this new model to feature.
• Adaptive cruise control.
• Lane-keeping assist with lane departure warning.
• Automated emergency braking and travel assist.
10. Pricing and Release Date
We expect to see the new Volkswagen car showing off its splendor on the streets sometime in summer or towards the end of 2020. The price is still not out, though many car enthusiasts speculate that the vehicle will cost around $30000. The GTI version will be more expensive, in the neighborhood of $43000.
The 2021 Volkswagen Golf R is one of the most anticipated releases of 2020, with many car lovers interested in the direction the Mk8 generation assumes. The car will debut in showrooms from mid to late 2020, and above are things to expect from it when it finally does. It is a great performer and expect extreme performance should you get behind its steering wheel.