NEW 2020 VW Golf revealed – and the cars it has to beat! | What Car?

Here it is. The new Volkswagen Golf.
One of the most consistently popular cars around since its launch back in 1974.
We’ve seen the car in the metal, and sat in it, and in this video we’re going to
tell you everything you need to know. Before we start make sure you’re
subscribed to our channel, and if you want to get a great deal and save more
than £2000 on the outgoing Volkswagen Golf, then head over to… Well the styling might not seem that new to you, when a car with
such a long history has been so popular for so long, it’s always a dangerous move
to stray too far from the winning formula. So you can see the new Golf
undeniably looks like a Golf. On the outside the new car has sharper creases,
and a slightly lower roofline than its predecessor,
along with noticeably slimmer headlights. But it’s still instantly recognisable as
a Golf. Even if you’re not standing at the back where the models’ name is now
spelt out across the tailgate. You may also notice a very slightly
different VW logo as well. The new Golf will actually be the second model to
wear Volkswagens subtly modernised logo, after the facelifted Up city car. It’s a
similar story under the skin where Volkswagen has mostly opted to develop
the existing mechanicals rather than start from scratch. The engineers
involved say considerable time was spent on the steering in an effort to provide
greater responsiveness, and feedback, but the biggest news is that the petrol
models are now available with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that means: energy
that would normally be lost under braking is captured, sent to be
stored in a battery, it’s then redeployed to improve performance and efficiency by
aiding the engine when you pull away, and letting it switch off altogether when
you’re coasting. The range will include a one-litre turbo petrol that produces 109
brake horsepower, as well as a 129bhp, and a 148 brake horsepower
1.5-litre turbo. All three are available with or without the mild hybrid tech.
If you do go for one with the 48-volt system, the six-speed manual gearbox is
replaced by a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic because this further aids
efficiency. But those who do lots of miles might also want to consider the
114 brake horsepower and 148 brake horsepower diesels.
Volkswagen predicts a decrease of around 10 grams per kilometre in CO2 emissions
from today’s 2-litre engine. However the cleanest and most frugal of them all – well at
least if you charge it regularly and do mostly short trips – will be the GTE
plug-in hybrid, which has an electric motor as well as a 1.4-litre engine, and
should therefore be able to travel for around 35 miles before it needs to burn
any petrol. Initially the GTE will be the most powerful Mk8 Golf too.
With its combined output of 241 brake horsepower matching the figure of
today’s GTI Performance hot hatch. A new GTI with closer to 300 brake horsepower
will follow before the end of 2020, with a four-wheel drive R in 2021.
There are even plans for a 400 brake horsepower R Plus to rival the Audi RS3 and
Mercedes AMG A45S in the £45,000 plus bracket.
But no matter how sporty you go, you won’t be able to specify three doors.
Like most manufacturers, Volkswagen is ditching this slow selling body style
and concentrating on the five-door hatchback and estate variants. So far
we’ve only sat in the hatchback which has a similar amount of space to its
predecessor, meaning four six-footers we’ll be perfectly comfortable, and a
fifth can squeeze in when necessary. And while luggage capacity is still to
be confirmed, the boot is clearly well shaped, it has a height adjustable boot
floor, and the 60/40 split rear seats fold pretty much flat too. What’s more we
know for sure that oddment storage has been improved – thanks to phone size
pockets high up on the front seatbacks, and a net in the front passenger’s foot
well. These complement the usual array of cubbies, but the major change is to the
interior design. At first glance a giant digital display appears to stretch all
the way from behind the steering wheel to the centre of the dashboard. Even
though in reality, it’s two separate screens. One for instrumentation and the
other for infotainment functions, with both featuring layouts that are quick
and easy to customise. There are some areas where Volkswagens’ desire for a
minimalist look has trumped ease of use though. Most notably that’s in the decision to
replace almost all conventional buttons and control dials with touch
sensitive panels, that you can’t reliably operate without looking away from the
road. What’s more the materials still don’t feel as plush as those in the Audi
A3 Sportback which is now 7 years old! Still there’s no denying that the
interior feels much more modern than what went before, and ease-of-use is
helped by logical on-screen menus with large icons, and a voice control system
that recognises natural speech – instead of making you remember specific commands.
“But Doug!” – you’re saying, “that’s something the BMW 1 Series,
and Mercedes-Benz A-class can already do as well!” – Well that’s true
but the Golf is the first model sold in Europe to have Car2X. It’s a system that
allows it to exchange information with other vehicles and traffic
infrastructure fitted with the technology. The aim is to cut the number
of accidents by alerting drivers to a wide range of hazards within an eight
hundred meter radius, that includes broken down vehicles, traffic jams,
roadworks, and even other cars braking heavily. In such circumstances,
Car2X can trigger the Golf’s brake lights before you even press the pedal,
so as to give cars behind more time to react and stop. You also receive
information about the distance and direction of approaching ambulances, fire
engines, and police cars, to reduce the risk of accidents caused by them running
red lights. Separately, automatic emergency braking (AEB) is fitted to intervene
if it looks like you’re going to collide with a pedestrian, cyclist, or another
vehicle, when negotiating busy city streets. And for the first time in a
Volkswagen, there’s a system that can stop you from turning into the path of
another vehicle when exiting junctions. So the eighth generation Golf is
anything but a nostalgic throwback. Will it head straight to the top of the
family car class? We’ll have to drive it first, and make sure you subscribe to our
channel to be the first to see our review of the Golf when we do get a
chance to get behind the wheel. It’s not going to be an easy task for it to be
named the Best Family Car though, these are the rivals it has to beat.
Sure the low-speed ride is firm, but the 1 Series feels just as well built as the Golf
inside, and handles well, so it’s certainly worthy of your
consideration in this class. Roomy in the back, truly entertaining to drive,
while offering a ride that is surprisingly supple. It’s just a shame that the Focus’s
interior feels so cheap. This certainly has more ‘wow factor’ than the
Golf, and every other rival inside. It strikes a fine balance between comfort
and control on the road, it’s not the quietest though.
The most practical vehicle in the family car class by a mile. Plus it’s well equipped, and most
versions are cheap to buy and run. But it is due to be replaced next year…
So, that’s everything you need to know about The new Golf! If you want to get a
brilliant deal on the current Golf or any other new car go to, and
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100 thoughts on “NEW 2020 VW Golf revealed – and the cars it has to beat! | What Car?

  1. I have nothing against the golf but I think it will be expensive and still VW suffer from the electronic gizmos.. Such a pity since vw builds solid cars

  2. Becoming grossly overpriced these days just like Audi’s A3 but Volkswagen haven’t quite arrived at Audi’s bandit level with all their pricey and numerous extras

  3. Really not liking those headlights, maybe in person they'll look better. Eager to try the 1.0 with the hybrid boost.

  4. What is wrong with manufacturers these days. Forget all this useless nerdy overload on tech and plough developement money into more frugal/less emissions engines and a cheaper product. The Golf is an excellent car…do we really need all the useless gadgets?

  5. that simple body shape makes it easy to customize….. by simply installing beautiful wheels…would be nice if vw has the reliability level of toyota or honda

  6. Looks more like an Audi than a golf, I love the golf R But I have to admit the brand has become very dull… 💁🏼‍♀️

  7. Let me be brutally honest. So a
    new model that’s the same as the older 4 models with thinner exterior lights and more LCD screens. Ok, let’s start with the pricelist. I mean VW GROUP is the worst in “price form”.
    If you want a Golf with normal 2020 equipment You are better off with fully equipped 2015 Volvo V40, V60 or XC90. I mean it’s 5 years old once we hit 2020 right? I mean iPhone 6S hit the shelves in 2015 autumn…. would You buy it for 700€ right now? Shocket it’s worth 10% of the retail price now.

    So VW Golf is like a 2015 product in 2020 with “let’s try with more glamourous equipment for a cheap car”. No offense, but FFS cover the inside of the door frame with cheap black plastics already. I mean my 1991 Mercedes C124 had covered exterior paint in the inside. It’s idiotic how Toyota can offer a car with much less nonsense with better “really useful equipment”. A Mitsubishi can offer a fully equipped SUV, Outlander, Plug-in Hybrid for around 45kilos in EUR, meanwhile VW can barely offer Tiguan that has no matter what equipment level plastic rear door covers. WTF VW Group AG?

  8. Very nice looking and love the interior, bust shame on you VW still only 35 likes on electric, a true hybrid should run around 60miles.

  9. Hideous front overbite and those ugky chrome exhaust outlets. Hate that they take away the manual option on the 48V hybrid option. Grr

  10. Stooooop. They've done such a horrible job on the interior. Not looks wise, it looks fine (new) but they've moved most of the climate controls into the screen and the few buttons they did keep are just touch sensitive gloss black panels, not real buttons or actually useful dials.

  11. Kind of reminds me of the leon especially from behind. Tbh I actually prefer the look of the leon, obviously the same car underneath but the leon just looks sharper. The golf's interior is far superior though.

  12. Shame the 1.5TSI EVO is still not fixed almost 2 years after the juddering problem appeared. Can’t believe they’re still flogging it to customers while knowing it’s faulty.

  13. It's all brand new from VW but looks almost exactly like my sister's 2017 Toyota Auris Hybrid hatchback lmao. And needless to say, will have way more issues and errors!

  14. Looks like a Golf, with a hint of a 208. and a Corolla up front..the 5 door is the clear choice. the interior is great, minimal, and my favorite color , green.

  15. Touch screen will be replaced by good old chunky buttons and voice command in about 7-8 years. LCD will remain behind the steering wheel only (for safety)

  16. I don't know where the ergonomic sense is in having heater controls in the touch screen like so many new cars these days. Who else agrees with me. I think this is just a case of style over practicality

  17. The MK4 is the most succesful desing. The MK7 a little bit more dynamic (the GTD and GTI Versions).

    But the MK8 looks outdated and it's like aweful and not at the level of the top course to the TOP.
    So I think the WW gonna lose more parts of the market because the MK8 is no more on the agressif style !

    I'm an WW lover, but with the MK8 WW got the very bad design ever gotted lol… i'm like WTF!

  18. The front headlights really killed the look, it looks like a cross eyed monobrow, yuck!

    The mk7 was so beautiful, rip the golf

  19. Plastic trims round the displays look very cheap and as if they couldn't afford a display screen that extended to the extremities of the binnacles.

  20. So " this " is supposed to look still fresh and stylish in 2025 ?
    To me it looks already dated compared to the competition.
    The new nose is almost hideous and reminds of an ant eater from the side.

    For my taste it will become the new Golf 3, which was a technological trendsetter in many ways but also one of the most boring Golf's of all time.

  21. "More modern looking intiror" haha, more like very kia/hyundai-ish… copying the leaders i guess "modern"…anyways, thats my least favorite change in this gen, the wrap around headlights also is very kia-hyndaish

  22. I have a Golf 6…and i think the 7.5 is already a great balanced product between tech and legacy…but this one is too techy like…the legacy is gone. I wonder how the classic tartan seats will fit in this one. Techy cars age and tire easy…just look at the civic. More simple…timeless cars are…timeless.

  23. Surely there are much better options for value, reliability and decent driving experience in the summary. For me the Mazda 3 is the class leader but then I don't know the pricing of the new VW Golf sounds like it could be quite premium. Not a car I'd ever consider but I do like the evolved styling of the new Golf.

  24. Something about those headlights seems way to minimal for my liking and seeing the two screens in the dash the way they are, remind me of how Mercedes did things a few years ago, with the center touch screen looking like it's just 'propped' up against the dashboard. I was shocked to see something like that in a C45 AMG…and still put off by it in, now in the Golf. I know for me, having that screen full of fingerprints would drive me absolutely crazy…VW hopefully provides a box of wipes along with the car to keep that looking fresh. 😉 Positive: I'm glad to see the 'liquid' effect on the turn signals from the Audi trickle down to VW and gets the full LED treatment.

    Operating those sliding controls for the HVAC will be an absolute gong show if you're wearing gloves in the winter to stay warm. Potential positive: Maybe with Alexa programmed into the Golf, it might just come down to "Alexa, set the cabin temperature to 21C' or 'Alexa, open the sunroof." Great until your friends start goofing around yelling out commands and all of a sudden the passenger is roasting at 32C with their heated seat on, while the driver has full A/C and two windows down.

    Finally, no 3-door. 🙁 I've had 3 GTI's over the years and the 3-door GTI has always been iconic and for me is the 'defacto' Golf GTI. Sure it makes getting people in and out of the rear seats a pain and parking spots are always scrutinized to ensure they were wide enough but…man. I fell in love with the 1997 Mk3 Canary Yellow VR6 Drivers Edition and that always has burned into my mind as what a Golf GTI needs to look like. I see VW's position and the point of the 5-door, just sad that it's completely dead for all intents and purposes.

  25. No gas strut for the bonnet, only 1 cupholder, hard plastics in the rear, no physical buttons for the heating/cooling and a bog ugly exterior… it's a no from me clive

  26. The fact they are still making the golf speaks for itself it's a brilliant allrounder comfortable good to drive and practical .

  27. I can imagine the golfs all communicating to each other like "hey baby, wanna lick the carbon off the back of my valves and jerk my dsg?"

  28. I truly love this new design. It is classic Golf with modern flair. It is 'safe'-Golf but for a new digital generation. That swooping roofline towards the rear, the sharp front-end, the creases… so beautiful!

  29. You should have an option of LED or analog dash with buttons for heater controls, lights & radio if not available because the older generation will not like using or be comfortable of using a touchscreen.
    Also with the ambient lights of the doors etc you should be able to turn those off as they could be distracting to some drivers.
    If VW could address these issues the golf would be perfect for everybody.

  30. Guess I'll be holding onto my Mk7 for a bit longer… Not quite the "hit the ball out of the park" that VW needed. Not being jealous or anything but I prefer the infotainment screen central in the dash, not like every other car that has it sticking up out of the dash… and the touch sensitive controls – what happens if they malfunction? I prefer the rotary knobs, much easier to control while driving and cheaper to fix should they fail.

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