Volkswagen Golf review Kenya


VW Golf: A tireless classic in the eighth generation

The first VW Golf was launched in 1974. This industry leader in the compact class is now in its eighth generation . With a lot of modern technology and the tried and tested concept of compact dimensions with enough space, the Golf wants to remains a popular car in Kenya for those who prefer German machines.  In addition, a wide selection of engine variants puts the right Golf on the road for every taste.

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Good reasons to have VW Golf in Kenya

  • Well-established product in the eighth generation with a lot of experience
  • Large selection of engines as well as model and equipment variants
  • Due to its long history, it is available for every budget.
  • The high level of comfort even makes the Golf VIII suitable for long journeys.

Technical specifications


If you are interested in a new VW Golf , you are spoiled for choice when it comes to engines. After all, there are countless engine variants to choose from. Petrol, diesel, natural gas, hybrid – everything is included here . Depending on the model variant, there is a choice of petrol engines with 130 hp (96 kW), 150 hp (110 kW) and 190 hp (140 kW). In addition, the Golf GTI and the Golf GTI Clubsport are two variants with 245 hp (180 kW) and 300 hp (221 kW). 

It gets even sportier in the VW Golf R and the R Performance with 320 hp (235 kW) and 333 hp (245 kW). With most petrol engines there is also a choice between the manual 6-speed gearbox and the well-known 7-speed DSG automatic. The Diesel variants range from 116 hp (85 kW) through 150 hp (110 kW) to 200 hp (147 kW). Here, too, there is largely a choice between manual transmission and automatic transmission.

As an alternative to the classic engine variants, VW also offers a natural gas variant in the Golf VIII in the form of the VW Golf 1.5 TGI with 131 hp (96 kW). Ultimately, the various hybrid variants are responsible for significantly reduced consumption. Most of them work as mild hybrids and have an output of 110 hp (81 kW), 130 hp (96 kW) or 150 hp (110 kW). Regardless of whether it is efficient, sporty or particularly economical – with this selection of engines, the right drive can actually be found for every taste.

Volkswagen Golf Fuel Consumption

Fuel TypeTransmissionManufacturers Claim
Petrol(1395cc)AT5.8 L/100km

Volkswagen Golf Variant Fuel Consumption

2022 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI R-LineConsumption
Manufacturers Claim5.8 L/100km


Compared to the VW Golf VII, little or nothing has changed in terms of dimensions. Although the Golf VIII is based on the newer modular transverse matrix aka MQB evo , its dimensions have only changed by a few millimeters or centimeters, if at all. One of the biggest changes here is the elimination of the three-door model. As a result, the Golf continues to offer more than a decent amount of space.

The most important data at a glance:

Launch yearSince December 2019
Length Width Height4.28m x 1.79m x 1.46m
Trunk volume381 – 11237 l
Curb weight1255kg
Maximum weight allowed1860kg
Displacement999 to 1984 cc
TorqueUp to 420 Nm at 2100-5000 rpm
Top speed270km/h
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/hFrom 4.6 s
Tank volume50L (Super Plus)
Consumption0.9 to 7.3L/100km
CO₂ emissions21 to 165 g/km


If you also want more space, you can always go to the station wagon variant aka VW Golf Variant. It offers significantly more space in all respects. The VW Golf Sportsvan, which is particularly popular with families and older owners, has now been pushed out of the range by the various SUV models.


The necessary safety is also provided in the VW Golf VIII . A good mixture of assistance systems and additional safety devices should ensure the safest possible journey. The basic version of the VW Golf Style already includes the following assistants and systems:

  • Airbags (driver & front passenger, head front and rear, side front and center airbag)
  • Electronic differential lock
  • ESP and electromechanical brake booster
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Safety-optimized headrests in front
  • Turning function and avoidance assistance
  • Automatic distance control
  • Parking assistance front and rear
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Fatigue Detection
  • Emergency braking assistant


 VW Golf faces plenty of competition from all manufacturers represented in the compact class. The big German names are represented with the Audi A3 , the BMW 1 Series and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. From Asia, the Mazda 3 , the Hyundai i30 and the Kia

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