2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI and R-Line Mk8 in Malaysia

The locally-assembled Volkswagen Golf Mk8 will soon be launched in Malaysia. It’s expected to debut within the first three months of 2022, and prospective buyers can look forward to either the R-Line or GTI variants.

Powering the R-Line is the carryover 1.4 litre TSI engine making 150 PS and 250 Nm. There is no longer a seven-speed dry clutch DSG, but instead, an eight-speed torque converter automatic (from Aisin) now drives the front wheels. This means a slightly slower century sprint, with the R-Line taking 8.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h, versus 8.2 seconds in the DSG-equipped Golf R-Line Mk7.5.

As for the GTI, it’s powered by the ubiquitous EA888 2.0 litre turbo four, producing 245 PS and 370 Nm of torque. That’s a 15 PS and 20 Nm increase over the previous GTI, and a fast-shifting seven-speed wet clutch DSG continues to power the front wheels. The GTI does the 0-100 km/h dash in 6.4 seconds.

No word on pricing just yet, but since it’s locally assembled here in Pekan, expect prices to be a tad more competitive than before. When the CBU Golf Mk7.5 range was launched back in 2019, the 1.4 TSI R-Line went for RM166,990, while the GTI was priced at RM239,990. So, pick your poison!

GALLERY: 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk8

GALLERY: 2022 Volkswagen Golf TSI R-Line

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  • Expect R line rm150k and gti rm225k. Still remember mk7 1.4tsi selling ard rm140k++ only.

    Many video reviews said that the interior materials are cheap materials. We knows that gti is well know for performance and handling. But we expect it to look more premium at this price tag. That’s why last time A250 will be better choice. We do not mind performance and handling may be slightly lower than golf gti but want the premium feel sitting in the car. Of course, price for A class has been increased.

    If golf gti can use better interior materials, I will buy it with no hesitation.

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    • iThink on Dec 26, 2021 at 11:24 am

      It didnt aim as a game changer. Not in performance, premium nor advanced safety tech like AEB and ACC.

      But there are still some fans, time to replace thier very aged and used VW Golf. They will try to figure out thier trade in value now..

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    • At that 225k price point, if they come with a cheap interior with no safety features, many would rather get the G20 330i or W206 C-class when that launches. 250+ HP but with RWD and the luxury that come with a Merc/Bimmer.

      Honestly I’ll never forget the Mk6 GTI with the phone dial wheels, that was iconic around 10 years back and unfortunately the GTI may have peaked then.

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Dec 26, 2021 at 9:54 pm

      For same price, higher power n better interior materials. Go for Yaris GR Sport

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    • Meh! Not hot enough I will wait for Golf R

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  • Paul Arnab on Dec 26, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Affordable price. But i prefer Myviiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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  • No DSG no fun

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    • Henry Tan on Dec 27, 2021 at 11:34 am

      There is wet clutch DSG for the performance versions such as GTI. Also the interior is of a much higher quality seats that the Merc or BMW. This new VW Golf is designed with the best seats for long distance driving with best in class chest, body and thigh support. Check the reviews on YouTube by the Malaysian journalists. All of them were impressed by the seats of the new VW Golf. The GTI and R has a large following here in Malaysia. Not only by existing GTI buyers but a much bigger group, similar to the Porsche 911. So it will sell well here similar to the Arteon.

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  • Slow? on Dec 29, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    How come a 2021 gti with 245hp 370nm is slower to 100km at 6.4sec, compared to 10 yrs old 2012 heavier bmw F10 528i with 245hp and 350nm at 6.2sec?

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