2025 VW Golf Mk8.5: The Grand Finale of an Iconic ICE Era

by AutoExpert   |  25 January, 2024

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Guess what's rolling into town? The final ICE VW Golf, and it's not just any old update. This baby's got new tricks up its sleeve, like snazzier buttons, a power boost, and a PHEV range that's through the roof! Set to launch in Europe this spring, the 2025 Golf Mk8.5 is a bit of a swan song for the iconic model, as it turns 50 and prepares to go all-electric in the future.

The Mk8.5 Golf might look familiar (it's a facelift of the 2019 Mk8), but it's ironed out some kinks, especially inside.

2025 VW Golf Mk8.5

VW's listened to feedback and made the interior more user-friendly. But there's more than just ergonomic tweaks. The PHEV models are getting a serious range upgrade – we're talking a nearly 70% boost, which is pretty wild. And for those in North America, the GTI is the star of the show.

2025 VW Golf Mk8.5

Under the hood, the Golf starts with mild-hybrid options and scales up to beefier PHEVs. The GTE's got more punch than before, and the battery improvements are a game-changer, pushing the EV driving range to new heights.

2025 VW Golf Mk8.5

Diesel's still in the mix, but it's the GTI that's getting a notable horsepower bump – although, sadly, the manual transmission has been shown the door.

2025 VW Golf Mk8.5

Design-wise, the Mk8.5 Golf keeps it subtle. You might need a second glance to catch the changes, like the tweaked front lamp units and the new air intake designs.

2025 VW Golf Mk8.5

Inside, VW's bringing back some old-school buttons, introducing larger touchscreens, and revamping the infotainment layout for a smoother experience.

2025 VW Golf Mk8.5

And for those who love their tech, the Golf's got some nifty features like smartphone-controlled parking and flashy IQ.Light LED front lamps.

2025 VW Golf Mk8.5

The trim levels range from the practical 'Life' to the sporty 'R-Line', each packed with its own perks, from keyless access and ambient lighting to sports seats and fancy exterior touches.

For U.S. fans, the wait for the GTI might be a bit longer, but it sounds like it'll be worth it. So, there you have it – the final ICE VW Golf is more than just a car; it's a proper send-off to an era, and it's making sure it goes out with a bang.

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