Why the 2022 Volkswagen Golf is the Smartest Car Purchase You Can Make

August 25th, 2021 by

2022 Volkswagen Golf

Getting to Know the Brand New Mk8 VW Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is perhaps one of the most revered vehicles in the entire VW catalogue. It’s fun and speedy, packing a ton of punch in minimal packaging. Although it was tailor-made to take on the narrow roads in Europe, the American market can’t get enough of the Golf. So, it’s with great pleasure that we’re finally able to announce that there’s about to be a brand-new Volkswagen Golf for sale, and it will be hitting the U.S. by Q4 of 2021.

Get ready to up the ante again. The Volkswagen Golf Mk8 is coming your way. For the upcoming release, the 2022 VW Golf will come in two models – the Golf GTI and the Golf R.

The New Golf Mk8…Similar, but Different

If you’ve seen or owned any of the prior Golf models, what you’re going to notice immediately about the new Mk8 iterations is an upgraded, sleeker and sportier look. Both the Golf GTI and Golf R have a sharply raked hood, new signature LED lights, and a light bar in the grille on either side of the updated VW logo. The distinctive C-pillar that Golf drivers know and love remains unchanged.

Their wheelbases haven’t changed since the Mk7 version, both sitting at 103.6 inches. Additionally, their physical dimensions are virtually identical to each other. The Golf GTI is 168.8 inches long and 57.6 inches in height. By comparison, the Golf R is 168.9 inches long and 57.7 inches in height. Both cars are the same exact width at 70.4 inches. On the interior of both Mk8 versions, there is 91.9 cubic ft. of space for passengers, 19.9 cubic ft. of cargo space (34.5 cubic ft. with the seats folded down).

Under the hood, the Golf GTI and Golf R feature a 2.0L turbocharged direct-injection TSI engine that can be paired with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission. This makes them two of the most powerful versions of the Golf ever released to date.

Expect a more streamlined look in the Mk8 models’ interiors, although no less appealing. The typical instrument panel has been upgraded to a 10.25-inch customizable touchscreen display that allows drivers to access all their menu and infotainment options. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported by these new Golf models.

And, of course, no VW would be complete without a full suite of top-of-the-line safety features. The Mk8 Golf features IQ.Drive for advanced driver-assistance and safety aids such as lane assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

2022 Golf GTI Highlights

There’s a lot to get excited about when it comes to the Golf GTI. Its starting MSRP for the base S trim level is $29,545, which should appeal to even the most budget-conscious car-shopper. Higher trim levels are available with the GTI SE ($34,295 starting MSRP) and the GTI Autobahn ($37,995 starting MSRP).

As previously mentioned, it runs on a 2.0L turbocharged engine with 241 horsepower (up 13 hp from the previous iteration) and 273 Lb-ft. of torque. All the GTI’s power is sent directly to the front wheels via the paddle shifters. Managing the torque steer is an electronically-controlled torque sensing limited-slip VAQ differential. This generation’s GTI can now have its traction and stability control settings adjusted by drivers, allowing for a more customized driving experience.

The look of the GTI is also highly distinctive, especially from the front. It features new X-shaped fog lights and newly designed wheels to go along with the classic honeycomb grille. Onlookers will be able to spot the GTI from a mile away.

2022 Golf R Highlights

After being out of the picture for the past three years, the VW Golf R makes a triumphant return with a bold new look and some major improvements under the hood. Drivers should expect a speedier version of the Type R they knew before with more precise handling and brand-new cabin displays.

The 2022 VW Golf R is available in one trim level with a starting MSRP of $43,645. It can be outfitted with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automatic transmission. Under the hood is a 2.0L turbocharged engine that features 315 horsepower and up to 295 Lb-ft. of torque. It’s a true speed demon. The standard R comes with an improved 4Motion all-wheel drive that applies the perfect amount of torque to each wheel, which yields better cornering.

Reviewers are loving the updated, more aggressive front end look of the Golf R. The LED headlights are a bit thinner and the hood is steeply raked. However, the interior doesn’t skimp on looks, either. Drivers will feel right at home in the Nappa leather-upholstered cabin.

Getting the New 2022 Golf

Although you’re probably pretty amped up to test drive the new Golf GTI or the Golf R after this preview, you’ll have to wait a bit. The new VW Golf will be for sale in Q4 of this year. At which point, virtually every VW dealership in the country should have these cars ready for test drive.

For those of you who can’t wait for the new Golf or are eyeing a larger vehicle like the Taos or Atlas, your friends at VW Cypress have both used cars for sale as well as new cars for sale. We’re located conveniently at 19550 Northwest Fwy in Houston. If that’s outside your range, simply search “VW dealership near me” and our closest locations will pop right up.

Additionally, our dealerships also include a VW service center for those that need to take their Volkswagen in for routine maintenance or service repairs. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, and be sure to check out our specials for great deals on VW vehicles.

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