When it all comes down to it, the fact is that some cars are just more important than others. Sure there are great SUVs out there but there's only one Range Rover. Looking for a fast sports saloon? You’ve got a bewildering array of excellent choices but there's just one BMW M3. When you apply the same philosophy to hatchbacks, then no other hatchback reigns more supreme than the coveted Volkswagen Golf.
It's hard to believe that the german hatchback is now in its 8th generation (Mk8) and with every generation, you get a bunch of purists waxing lyrical on the forms about how the latest generation Golf has strayed so far away from its roots. Now, we’re only guessing here, but we feel they’ll have a field day with the Mk8 because from some angles, it's hard to believe it’s a Volkswagen, let alone a Golf.
The front end now features a fairly aggressive language with streamlined Matrix LED headlights and large horizontal slats in its front bumper. You’ll find new creases and sharper angles all around to go alongside its new butch personality. Around the rear, the taillights have also been revised with an all-LED treatment and a slightly more sloping rear end that defiantly gives this Golf more road presence than ever before.
Interior & Saftey Features
The Golf hasn’t always had the nicest of interiors, but that’s a point they've clearly rectified with the new 2020 Volkswagen Golf. Everything from the materials down to the placement of the screen and switchgear has been spruced up to make it feel more “upmarket” rather than “bargain basement”.
In the UK you get the brand new dual-screen system as standard, and they are by far the best upgrade on the list. The screens are bright, the graphics clear and crisp and the responsiveness is spot on. Nearly all the clunky buttons have also been replaced by touch-sensitive controls. They're a bit awkward to operate at first, however, no buttons does mean a much cleaner look overall. Though the lack of a volume knob might have you frustrated from time to time.
The Mk8 Golf is still based on the MQB platform, so the exterior and interior dimensions are nearly identical to that’s of its predecessor. Which means while things like legroom and boot space aren’t exactly class-leading although it's more than enough for the average household.
When it comes to tech and safety features, the Volkswagen Golf does pretty well with Amazon Alexa voice integration, Travel Assist autonomous driving and Car2X, a feature that allows the Golf to exchange information with other cars within an 800-meter radius and plenty more.
Powertrain & Price
The engines in the 2020 Golf are just more economical, cleaner and slightly more powerful versions of the ones you got in the Mk7 Golf. At launch, a 1.5-liter TSI engine will be offered that delivers either 130bhp or 150bhp in different sets of tune. Spec the DSG gearbox along with it and you get a 48V mild-hybrid system that helps fill in the gaps when the petrol engine isn’t in its ideal rev band and a claimed 10 percent increase in fuel economy.
A 1.0 litre 3-cylinder will also be offered with either 90 or 110bhp while the 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel engines get 115bhp and 150bhp respectively. A plug-in-hybrid GTE variant is expected to arrive soon with a combined bhp figure of 245.
Prices for the three-cylinder variants are expected to start around £20,000 while a fully loaded Mk8 Golf will set you back a cool £30,000. The Golf was never a cheap hatchback to begin with, but at least now with the Mk8’s updated styling, and a plethora of new features, it’s a price tag worth paying.
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