The Category A COE Volkswagen Golf is finally here

Jay Tee

The long-awaited Category A COE friendly Volkswagen Golf 1.5 eTSI is finally here with prices starting at S$169,900


S$20,000. That’s the cost savings you’d get by buying the latest Category A COE friendly 96kW Volkswagen Golf 1.5 eTSI Life over the more powerful 1.5-litre variant, which would set you back S$189,900.

It’s been nearly two years since the 8th-generation VW Golf 1.5 launched in Singapore and in that time, we’ve been inundated with questions about when the cheaper, Cat A COE variant would arrive in Singapore.

At launch, the Mk. 8 Golf had (almost) all the right trappings to be a cost-effective, German-built hatchback for the masses. Compact exterior proportions, a generous wealth of standard equipment, sub 1,600cc displacement and a VES A2 banding which would net buyers a S$15,000 rebate. 

But alas, its 110kW (150 horsepower) output relegated it to the CAT B COE banding, which as of late has skyrocketed to astounding levels – a record high of S$118,501 at the time of writing.

Now however, VW has a solution coming in the form of the new Golf 1.5 96 kW eTSI Life, which starts off at a more palatable S$169,900 (at the time of writing).

Like the 110Kw Golf 1.5 eTSI we tested, it uses the same turbocharged 1.5-litre four-pot with a 48V MHEV system, albeit in a lower state of tune with 129 horsepower and 200Nm of torque on tap. It also uses the same 7-speed DSG double-clutch gearbox.

Top speed is quoted at 213km/h and the dip in power also lengthens its 0-100km/h sprint time to 9.4 seconds, almost a second slower than the more powerful/expensive car. It’s worth noting that this 96kW VW Golf has identical fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures as the Cat B Golf 1.5 – 4.8L/100km and 109g/km respectively, which nets it the same VES A2 rebate.

However, this new Category A friendly Golf retains the full suite of features you’d find in the 150-horsepower Golf Life variant. So it gets the same 17-inch rims, ambient lighting, 10.25-inch digital cockpit and wireless smartphone connectivity – The full works, features that would be appreciated by prospective owners and fans alike (especially the youngest writer in our team).

The Cat A VW Golf also gets a wealth of safety features such as a lane changing side assist warning system, a rear traffic alert system and a driver alert system.


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Jay Tee

A millennial with the mental age of a quadragenarian, CarBuyer's latest stringer writes and talks about anything with four wheels and a motor. Doesn't fully get TikTok, makes TikToks anyway. Moonlights for TopGear Singapore. Follow him on Instagram (and TikTok) at @jayyteejy

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