2020 Volkswagen Golf: prices, specifications and engine details

The eighth generation of VW Golf arrives in 2020. But is it worth waiting for? Keep reading for specifications, engine and release date info

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Dec 16, 2019

The launch of a new Volkswagen Golf is a big deal. For more than four decades, the Golf has been the family hatchback of choice for millions of motorists, and it remains one of the best-selling cars in the UK, maintaining its popularity even as the rise of the SUV continues to engulf the car market.

It would appear that VW is happy with the tried and tested formula for its leading hatchback, with nothing of much importance appearing to have changed from the outside.

However, while it might look like a subtle evolution of the current model, but the new Golf Mk8 represents the most significant leap forward since the launch of the first model in 1974.

Quick facts

  • All-new eight-generation Golf hatchback
  • Slightly larger than its predecessor
  • Plenty of standard tech included
  • Two hybrids, but no electric model
  • Details on pricing to come soon
  • Due for release April 2020

Sensibly, Volkswagen hasn’t messed with the styling. The Golf is one of the most recognisable cars on the planet, so changing it would be a huge mistake. Still, if you have been stuck in a jungle for the past 45 years, Volkswagen has helpfully spelt out the model name on the boot lid.

We are expecting a small change to the Golf's pricing, though. With so much sophisticated technology stuffed inside, it's inevitable that the new model will cost more than the outgoing car, which started at £21,120 for the most basic S model. We'd expect prices to begin from around the £23,000 mark, rising to well above £30,000 when the new GTE and other additional models arrive later in the year.

 

2020 VW Golf technology

We won’t get our hands on the new Volkswagen Golf until April 2020, but it should be worth the wait. If you’re something of a technology nut, you’re likely to be more excited than a seven-year old on Christmas morning. A 10-inch central touchscreen is available as standard across the range, along with a customisable dashboard display as seen in the Touareg SUV.

Both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also fitted as standard, while most of the traditional switches have been replaced by touch-sensitive surfaces. It’s a controversial move - since having to prod a screen rather than feel for a physical button can be distracting when driving - but if you’ve grown up with smartphones and tablets, you’ll feel right at home in the new Golf.

In addition to the screens, the Golf is also packing bright LED headlights, climate control, keyless start, lane assist and 'Car2X' connectivity.

If you’re not familiar with Car2X, it allows the Golf to connect to other enabled cars and traffic infrastructure which can warn drivers of delays, congestion, hazards and even the proximity of an emergency vehicle. Amazon Alexa is another standard feature, while audio lovers will welcome the optional Harman Kardon premium sound upgrade.

There’s more. We haven’t even mentioned We Deliver – a service that allows delivery drivers to unlock the boot to drop off parcels in the car. How useful this will be at the Golf Mk8's initial launch remains to be seen, but rest assured, the new Golf has more clever tech than an episode of The Gadget Show.

2020 VW Golf dimensions

The new Golf is slightly longer, taller and wider than the outgoing model, but without access to a tape measure, you’re unlikely to notice. This means that the Golf should be a doddle to thread through a narrow street and to park in the office car park. Tick the right options box and it’ll even park itself.

There will be enough room for you and four of your mates – even if you happen to be friends with Peter Crouch – while the boot should be large enough to swallow everything you could need for a weekend at an Airbnb in the country; perfect if many Golfs end up being used by car-sharing services, as has been the case with the current car.

Engines? Well, you'll be spoilt for choice, but don’t expect to see an electric Golf, because zero-emission driving is reserved for the ID.3 electric car. There will be two plug-in hybrid versions, however, so it might be possible to complete your daily commute without using any fuel, depending on how far you have to drive.

VW says its petrol and diesel engines are 17% more economical, which in real terms should mean fewer visits to the filling station and more money in your pocket.

You’ll also have less driving to do, because a semi-autonomous function will allow the Golf to accelerate, steer and brake on motorways at speeds of up to 130mph. You’ll have to visit the autobahns of Volkswagen’s homeland to do that legally, mind.

You may also be pleased to know that sporty GTI, GTD and Golf R versions are also expected to follow later. Given previous experience, they are likely to set the benchmark for the best everyday hot hatchbacks you can buy, although we're hopefuly the excitement of earlier Golfs will be re-discovered after the relatively sensible offerings of the past generation.

The standard VW Golf Mk8 range will kick off with the entry-level S, with SE, SE L and R-Line variants also available. It’ll only be available as a five-door model – the three-door Golf is no more – but an estate version to tempt you away from a family SUV will be introduced as well.

Demand will almost certainly be high, so be sure to check the BuyaCar website for the best pre-registered deals and to jump the inevitable queues with the best deals on cars in stock.

Used VW Golf

It speaks volumes that, even after six years on sale, the outgoing Volkswagen Golf Mk7 is still the best family hatchback on the market. It ticks all the right boxes for many drivers: it's well built, comfortable, safe, cheap to run and spacious. There’s also a Golf to suit all tastes, from super-efficient diesels to hardcore performance hot hatchbacks.

Little wonder, then, that more than 50,000 Golfs have been registered so far this year, making it the UK’s second best-selling car behind the Ford Fiesta. There are also some great value used VW Golf finance deals. One big plus point is with so many new Golfs sold, there are tonnes of good quality nearly new and used models to choose from.

Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed the prices of the new Golf, but given the improved tech and efficiency, a small increase is likely. In the meantime, Volkswagen dealers will be keen to shift stock of the outgoing model, so there’s never been a better time to buy one of the seventh-generation outgoing Golf models.

If you fancy your own, there are hundreds of Volkswagen Golfs for sale on BuyaCar, with prices starting from around £8,000 or £130 a month on PCP finance. Time for a round of Golf?

 

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