All-new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf is Officially Revealed

This is it: the redesigned, eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf made its global debut today during a special event in Wolfsburg, Germany.

As we saw on the pictures that started to hit the web in recent weeks, the exterior design is a subtle evolution from the previous Golf.

However, some of the details have changed quite a bit. The front grille is thinner and decorated with the new Volkswagen logo, the newly styled headlights are much more modern and the full-width opening in the lower bumper has a different look. There will also be variations between models.

Naturally, the wheels are new, as well. Same thing for the taillights and rear bumper. Overall, VW designers did just enough to mark a successful transition from the old Golf.

Photo: Volkswagen

The biggest changes can be found inside. The dashboard has a very horizontal layout and only a handful of physical buttons. Almost all controls and instruments are concentrated on the digital display behind the steering wheel, the small control panel on the left and the large touchscreen on the right. The latter is powered by Volkswagen’s next-generation infotainment system. A head-up display is available, too.

Let’s move over to the centre console, which offers improved storage in part thanks to the tiny and space-saving new selector for the automatic transmission. The Golf will also continue to offer a manual gearbox, as evidenced by another picture released by the company. Does that make you happy? We are!

Other interior highlights include redesigned and more comfortable seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, customizable ambient lighting, assisted driving technology and online-based functions and services like We Connect.

Photo: Volkswagen

On the road, Golf drivers will be able to choose between Eco, Comfort and Sport modes, plus an Individual mode allowing separate adjustment of the various systems.

Globally, three 48-volt mild hybrid variants and two plug-in hybrids with a 13-kWh battery (up to 60 km of range based on the WLTP cycle) will be available. The 147-horsepower four-cylinder gasoline engine we already know will return, but the automaker failed to provide any information about the GTI and Golf R powertrains.

There won’t be another e-Golf since Volkswagen will sell a new generation of electric vehicles starting next year. The first one coming to North America will be a crossover based on the ID. CROZZ concept.

Photo: Volkswagen

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf should go on sale in Canada in the second half of 2020. By then we’ll know all about the technical specs and equipment details for our market.

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

NewsEight-gen Volkswagen Golf Accidentally Revealed Before its Debut
Pictures of what appears to be the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf have just been posted on the Facebook page of VW fans in Czech Republic, one week before its official debut. From the looks of it, the shots were taken at the German automaker’s plant that manufactures the Golf. We’ve seen …
NewsVW Golf Now Fighting for its Life in North America
Is there another car on the way out? During the weekend, Motor1 dropped a little bombshell by reporting that the base Volkswagen Golf will not return to the U.S. Actually, the website was told by a high-ranking VW employee in California that the eighth generation of the popular German hatchback, …
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2019 Best Buys: Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R
Spring has arrived and it’s time to install the performance tires on our sport compact car for blasting down country roads under the warm sun. What? You don’t have such a car yet, but are looking to purchase one? You’re in luck, because The Car Guide ’s team of journalists …
NewsThe Car Guide’s 2019 Best Buys: Volkswagen Golf
In order to help consumers make the right purchase decision when shopping for a new vehicle, the team of journalists at The Car Guide publishes its yearly Best Buy awards in a slew of categories, including the compact-car segment. The latter remains a popular one, despite the market shift from …
BuzzThis is What the Next Volkswagen Golf GTI Should Look Like
Just days after the world premiere of the all-new Volkswagen Golf , renderings of the Golf GTI have started to pop up on the web. X-Tomi Design ’s take on the sporty Golf variant is quite realistic. And we like it a lot. In typical fashion, the car features a …
Spotlight onWe’re Driving the All-new Mk8 Volkswagen Golf This Week
The Car Guide is off to Portugal for an exclusive opportunity to drive the all-new, eighth-generation (Mk8) Volkswagen Golf . Obviously, this is a critical product for the Wolfsburg-based automaker. Do we need to remind you that over 35 million Golfs have been sold over the past 45 years? The …
First Drives2022 Volkswagen Golf: Our Exclusive First-Drive Review
Porto, Portugal— The eighth-generation (Mk8) Volkswagen Golf is currently hitting the European market. Alas, Canadian customers will have to wait until 2021 to buy one. The Car Guide recently flew to Portugal for an exclusive, way-early first look at this brand new Golf. Previous generations took a sweet time to …
GenevaNext-gen Volkswagen Golf GTI to be Unveiled in Geneva
Volkswagen and hot-hatch enthusiasts have reason to be excited about the 2020 Geneva Auto Show, because that’s where the eighth-generation Golf GTI will make its first public appearance according to multiple reports. Will it be during Media Day on March 3 or at a special event the night before? We …
Classic CarsMeet the Biagini Passo, a Unique, AWD-equipped Golf Cabriolet
We’ve seen a number of Volkswagen Golf models and variants since the car’s original debut in 1974. Unfortunately, many of them never made it to our shores. That’s the case of the Golf Country, based on the second-generation Golf and built in Austria by Steyr-Puch in the early 1990s. It …
News2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI: More Details Surface
As you know, the all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI was unveiled virtually in late winter. It’s the eighth generation of the sporty Golf variant that started in 1976. This week, the automaker hosted a roundtable to provide more details about the car. Here’s what we learned… Some Numbers First With 2.3 …