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Musings on the Mk8 Golf

Genegenie

Go Kart Champion
Location
North Yorkshire
My slight lack of total enthrallment continues; in addition to the central screen having that "just attached to the dashboard, but not blended in" look, like it is on the Tiguan, the lighting switch / touchpad (still gotta actually press so may as well have remained a switch) also has the "just attached to the dashboard, but not blended in" style. As I keep saying (really ?) I do want to like the Mk8 but gotta admit I'm struggling a tad, which is both slightly surprising and disappointing. :confused:....
 

KevinC

Go Kart Champion
Otherwise, besides cosmetics what are they planning on adding to the MK8 that the MK7.5 doesn't have?
After Dieselgate - a lot of cheaper parts, provided by substandard suppliers, who have been beaten to death over every last penny of cost. I'm guessing there will be signs of cost-cutting all over this thing. Time will tell.
 

Genegenie

Go Kart Champion
Location
North Yorkshire
After Dieselgate - a lot of cheaper parts, provided by substandard suppliers, who have been beaten to death over every last penny of cost. I'm guessing there will be signs of cost-cutting all over this thing. Time will tell.
My thoughts too ^^, I prob won't comment again on the Mk8 til I see, and drive, one in flesh (hurrah !) hopefully it'll be great but so far I'm reallly not sure it was worth the wait, or trading up to....
 
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SRGTD

Ready to race!
Location
UK
After Dieselgate - a lot of cheaper parts, provided by substandard suppliers, who have been beaten to death over every last penny of cost. I'm guessing there will be signs of cost-cutting all over this thing. Time will tell.
Open the bonnet / hood on the mk8 Golf and there’s no longer a gas strut to support the bonnet / hood; the mk8 makes do with a manual bonnet / hood support. I really liked the gas strut - thought it was a nice quality touch.

I read somewhere that the gas strut is no longer fitted for safety reasons, as it apparently affects the way the new ‘bulging’ hood design behaves in a pedestrian impact.
 

Golfer883

Ready to race!
Location
IL
You're right from that angle that's exactly what it looks like.
think you mean underbite. The main focus of the mk8 is being all digital, that is where all the focus went it seems. However, I think it’s going to fail with this interior being all touchpads and sliders, reviews are going to ultimately be negative as history has shown when car companies try it. I just can’t see the overall consensus being positive and it won’t be. Who knows if they will stick with it for the refresh but the mk9 definitely won’t I don’t believe.
 

SRGTD

Ready to race!
Location
UK
think you mean underbite. The main focus of the mk8 is being all digital, that is where all the focus went it seems. However, I think it’s going to fail with this interior being all touchpads and sliders, reviews are going to ultimately be negative as history has shown when car companies try it. I just can’t see the overall consensus being positive and it won’t be. Who knows if they will stick with it for the refresh but the mk9 definitely won’t I don’t believe.
I’m UK based and planning on getting a new Polo GTI next year, before it’s refreshed / face lifted - probably in 2021.

Currently, the Polo has real buttons and switches for heating, ventilation and A/C, an on/off knob for the infotainment unit and the traditional rotary knob for lights, but I can foresee (and fear) it going in the same direction as the mk8 Golf - all touch pads and sliders. I’m old school, and prefer physical controls for the main functions in a car that can be used in relative safety while on the move without having to divert your eyes from the road ahead to focus on a touch screen.
 

Carlosfandang0

Go Kart Champion
Location
UK
Ride
2016 Mk7 GTi
This is true, interestingly the Mk8 bonnet also has 2 latches to close and secure it, as opposed to 1 on the Mk7 & 7.5....
As does the new polo, the 2 latches and missing gas strut are a safety regulation/crash test requirement on these particular models!
 

Golfer883

Ready to race!
Location
IL
I’m UK based and planning on getting a new Polo GTI next year, before it’s refreshed / face lifted - probably in 2021.

Currently, the Polo has real buttons and switches for heating, ventilation and A/C, an on/off knob for the infotainment unit and the traditional rotary knob for lights, but I can foresee (and fear) it going in the same direction as the mk8 Golf - all touch pads and sliders. I’m old school, and prefer physical controls for the main functions in a car that can be used in relative safety while on the move without having to divert your eyes from the road ahead to focus on a touch screen.
wait till the fall and see the face lift if possible. Adding all this digital stuff is more brand new model vs facelift I would think.
 

ElectricEye

Go Kart Champion
Location
NJ
The lower intake look like the wide grin sported by Wallace & Grommet.
The near complete reliance on screen base functions rather than physical really bothers me.
I thought I might stick with GTI's forever if you will - being they are such great all arounder's - and being I had a MK6 before my MK7.
But I don't know about that MK8...
Right now I'm thinking a used Genesis G7 will be the replacement for my MK7 when the time comes.
 

Genegenie

Go Kart Champion
Location
North Yorkshire
So, was passing local VW dealer and decided to pop for a chat re: Mk8 Golf, bear in mind I was previously told 'demonstrators available in December, delivery 16 weeks or so after'. A senior sales dude told me "slight 'piece of string length info' but nope; demonstrators next April or so, delivery maybe next August". Guess we are all 'holding our horses' and 'keeping our powder dry' whether we like it or not....
 

Golfer883

Ready to race!
Location
IL
So, was passing local VW dealer and decided to pop for a chat re: Mk8 Golf, bear in mind I was previously told 'demonstrators available in December, delivery 16 weeks or so after'. A senior sales dude told me "slight 'piece of string length info' but nope; demonstrators next April or so, delivery maybe next August". Guess we are all 'holding our horses' and 'keeping our powder dry' whether we like it or not....
That just for the regular golf in UK?

here are the first critics reviews, some positives and negatives. All of the reviews in one breath say the dash is nice but also say everything digital might be overboard and scare average consumer away.
 

Carlosfandang0

Go Kart Champion
Location
UK
Ride
2016 Mk7 GTi
So, was passing local VW dealer and decided to pop for a chat re: Mk8 Golf, bear in mind I was previously told 'demonstrators available in December, delivery 16 weeks or so after'. A senior sales dude told me "slight 'piece of string length info' but nope; demonstrators next April or so, delivery maybe next August". Guess we are all 'holding our horses' and 'keeping our powder dry' whether we like it or not....
The GTi and R will be Released after the dates you mention, at the launch event they mention that the GTi / R will be released at a ‘later date’ with talk of the launch being mid-late 2020, this suggests cars would be reaching customers sometime in early 2021, this is to be taken with a pinch of salt of course!
 

Carlosfandang0

Go Kart Champion
Location
UK
Ride
2016 Mk7 GTi
The delivery I was quoted applies to the UK and I was just told "Mk8 Golfs available from......" And, yeah all pinch of salt stuff at this time....
Yes, some of the other models (non GTi/R) should be available around the dates you mentioned.
 

Carlosfandang0

Go Kart Champion
Location
UK
Ride
2016 Mk7 GTi
For anybody annoyed/disappointed by the absence of the hydraulic bonnet struts, If you look just above the coolant reservoir at 6:57 in this video,
the ball socket bracket that is currently used for the hydraulic bonnet struts IS STILL THERE, maybe the GTi and R will have them??!?
 

MIKE PP.

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I wonder if the carpeted lining in the door pockets will be deleted, as the T Roc. The new Ford Focus has them!
 
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