2020 Volkswagen Golf Mark VIII: Very familiar, yet very different too

After more teasers than a Supra on a drunken night out, the Volkswagen Golf Mark VIII has been launched, and it will be available from December in Europe.


There will be three turbocharged gas engines with a 48V mild hybrid system (eTSI): 81kW (109hp), 96kW (129hp), and 110kW (148hp). There’s also two regular gas engines (TSI): 66kW (89hp) and 81kW (109hp).

And it wouldn’t be a Golf without one 96kW (129hp) natural gas model (TGI), and two diesel TDI engines: 85kW (114hp), and 110kW (148hp).

The evolutionary exterior has slimmed down, pulled back headlights, a closed off upper grille, and body color fins for the lower air intakes.

The interior has a completely new design with a 10″ touchscreen, digital instruments, and capacitive buttons for the climate control.

There’s also always on internet via eSIM, over the air software updates, new safety and convenience features which can be enabled after purchase at cost, and Car2X, which lets the Golf communicate with other compatible cars and infrastructure.



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Joshua Thompson

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News editor — Joshua deals with numbers for a living, but cars are his lifelong passion. He loves all, from his dream Stingray through to his first car, a Mercury Tracer.


2020 Volkswagen Golf Mark VIII: Very familiar, yet very different too