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There are, in effect, two noise generating systems in the GTE. One being the mandatory EXTERNAL e-Sound. A speaker in the front of the car which makes a noise so that pedestrians can hear the car approaching when in electric mode. I describe it as a ‘growl‘ which can barely be heard in the car.

The other is a INTERNAL noise generator which in the Mk7 GTi is known as a Soundaktor, a mechanical device fitted to the bulkhead which makes a very unpleasant pretend engine/exhaust noise that can only be heard by the driver and passengers INSIDE the car. VW claim that the Mk8 GTE doesn’t have a Soundaktor BUT when driving in Sport mode it definitely makes a lot more unpleasant louder noise inside than in Eco or Comfort mode. I conclude one of two things.
1. VW are mistaken in that there is actually is a Soundaktor.
2. The unnecessary and unpleasant sound is coming through the speakers.
Either way I would like to turn it off. Has anyone had this done in the Mk8 GTE. If so, how is it done?
 

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What a flipping joke, I’d hate that so much.
 

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I have just found this
VW have introduced from 2020 model year ‘Vehicle Diagnostic Protection (which has the manufacturer's associated three-letter-acronym, SFD).’ I assume it means that the Mk8 Golf cannot be accessed with either OBD11 or VCDS to check and change things (like turning off Soundaktor). It can only be done by a dealer.
 

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Assumption is the mother of all mistakes (or some such). I'd be very surprised if that is legal under EU law.

I'm with you about the fake noise - I'd want to turn it off as well.
 
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