The New Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Is Almost Here And It Will Be A Good One

At the recent Volkswagen Brand Annual Session 2018, an event held for the employees and inventors of the company, Volkswagen released a sketch of the brand-new 2020 Golf Mk8. This is a big deal for the company who, more or less, built its riches on the success of the Golf’s seven previous generations. Volkswagen, is nowadays hatching ever so appealing hatches. Recently, the company released the Skoda Scala - a hatchback - that is set to take some Golf buyers. This fact alone reveals the truth about the new Golf - it will go upmarket. New tech, plusher looks, better materials inside, and more powerful engines are all coming to the Wolfsburg pride. In total, the Volkswagen Group produces four important hatchbacks - the Skoda Scala, the Audi A3, the Seat Leon, and the Volkswagen Golf.

While the sketch released at the event is quite vague, I managed to dig out so much more information on the new Golf Mk8, it’s like I can already imagine it in my head. Let’s go.

What Can We See On The Teaser?

A few things really. First of all, the Golf will have an even more pronounced raising beltline. Nothing so extreme, as on, say, the new Range Rover Evoque, but definitely more pronounced than on the outgoing Golf. Then, one can only assume that the front lights, which will be thinner, will protrude ever so brazenly into the sides of the car. Obviously, the rear doors and the rear end will take a classic angular shape with the center line probably ornamenting the surfaces under the C pillar as well. This was not the case with the latest Golf Mk7.

A keen eye may even conclude that Volkswagen will go a bit adventurous with the new Golf.

It will be lower, wider, and longer. Just like many new cars today. This styling will fit the Golf far better compared to any other car. Right now, the Golf isn’t exactly big, so giving it some more inches in the right places will go a long way in making it sexier. And, it has to be just that if it’s to continue fighting with the latest Mazda 3 - possibly the sexiest thing in the realm of compact cars.

Production Starts In June 2019

Here's Your First Teaser of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf MK8 - WIll it Be More of the Same?
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This certainly escalated quickly. If production starts in June 2019 - which is close - I can only imagine that the Golf will make its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

The Golf itself will bring a whole lot of novelties despite being based on the MQB chassis of the current generation.

"The next Golf will take Volkswagen into the era of fully connected vehicles with extended autonomous driving functions," said Karlheinz Hell, Volkswagen’s small car boss. "It will have more software onboard than ever before. It will always be online, and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety."

Some of the features we can expect include:

  • Autonomous driving system (Level 3 probably)
  • Gesture controlled Infotainment system (VW announced this more than a year ago)
  • 48-volt electric system with a mild-hybrid setup
  • New 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine
  • Lighter construction
  • Digital cockpit display as standard.

A Much Lighter Golf

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The 2020 Golf Mk8 will lose up to 154 pounds compared to the current MK7 Golf.

Using advanced lightweight materials, the construction should include more high-strength steel than before, aluminum, and even some other more expensive materials. The biggest change, however, will be in the cabin. Volkswagen officials did report that the engineers and the designers had to reimagine the cabin. It will, apparently, be devoid of the standard buttons, and it will feature a massive screen. So, you will be able to control the intricate infotainment and other features via gesture controls, voice, and virtual buttons on the massive screen.

GTE, GTI, and the R

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All of them will become available at one time or another. Expect, however, that the most powerful versions - the GTI and the R - will get a significant power upgrade.

The GTI at 250 horsepower and the R at 350 horsepower should be doable.

This holds especially if the rumors about the probable mild-hybrid setup for both of them turn out true. In that case, Volkswagen will offer unmatched performance. Imagine the GTI and the R being assisted by an electric mild-hybrid setup with instant torque available from the get-go. Some strikingly fast 0-60 mph acceleration times here for sure. The Golf GTE, on the other hand, should be a full-on hybrid car. Compressed natural gas propulsion is also available. No electric Golf though. It seems that the e-Golf is no more. Volkswagen is looking to introduce a whole new line of I.D. vehicles soon after the Golf Mk8 debuts. One of them will be a hatchback. It won’t look like the Golf, mind you.

Main Styling Cues Of The New Golf Mk8

The Arteon will lend it some of its sexiness. A thin grille that protrudes powerfully into the thinner, all-LED front lights will make for a striking appearance for sure. In conjunction with wider fenders and a more sloped rear end, the Golf Mk8 is about to lead Volkswagen further into the direction set forth by the Arteon and the Touareg. It is not a mystical car, at all, but it is perfectly suited for its customer base - people that value simplicity and sophistication. The Golf always played in this league; it played very well at that.


A Mild-hybrid setup is a big deal for the new Golf. A powerful starter/generator will provide that needed first push in such a way that even the least powerful 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engines will give a decent grunt.
Nevertheless, the Golf Mk8 will be available with:

  • 1.5-litre TSI,
  • 1.5-liter TDI
  • 1.0-liter turbocharged engine
  • Possibly 1.0-liter N/A motor with a mild-hybrid assistance
  • 2.0-liter TDI (in at least two iterations)
  • 2.0-liter TSI

Further reading

2018 Volkswagen Golf Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf

2009 Volkswagen Golf VI
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Read our full review on the 2009 Volkswagen Golf VI.

2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 GTI.

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