The eighth generation of VW's best-selling was revealed in October 2019.

In 2002, the Golf became Volkswagen’s bestseller of all time and is currently still the brand’s best-selling model in Europe. It received its eighth generation in October 2019, which brought improvements on all fronts without touching the vehicle’s DNA. 

What is it?

The Golf is, of course, the most important model for Volkswagen in terms of sales and “the benchmark and icon of compact cars.” Given the ever-growing demand for crossovers and SUVs, however, that might change at some point in the future, but, honestly, we can’t see it coming soon – we predict it will remain VW’s bestseller for at least several more years. Even if it loses the crown, the Golf will remain a fundamental vehicle for the German company and will contribute significantly to its growth.

Gallery: Volkswagen Golf 8 Studio Photos

Volkswagen first started talking about the new Golf during last year’s Golf 8 Supplier Summit when it released a vague teaser sketch. Another teaser image was published in December 2018 giving us a better preview of the car’s overall profile. Earlier this fall, VW confirmed the Golf MK8 will get a wagon version but it won't be available stateside. In fact, in the United States, the automaker will only sell the Golf GTI and Golf R but Canada will also receive the base models.

What does it look like?

The official press photos of the new Golf confirmed Volkswagen is playing it safe when it comes to the design of the new Golf. It retains its traditional hatchback shape which is combined with shorter overhangs and sharper lines for a sportier appearance. LED lights at the back with integrated sweeping turn signals and LED headlights up front make it look a touch more premium than the current model. Optionally available, just like on the refreshed Passat for Europe, are be matrix LED headlights.

Gallery: 2020 VW Golf 8 live images from the premiere

The changes are way more drastic inside the cabin where we find the conservative layout of the dashboard gone and replaced by a high-tech two-screen arrangement inspired by the latest Volkswagen Touareg. As standard come a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8.25-inch infotainment system display. A 10-inch infotainment screen is also available.

People with compatible Samsung smartphones can set them up as the vehicle's key. With this feature, waving the phone near the door unlocks it and putting the phone in the center console starts the engine

What’s under the hood?

The Golf launches with five hybrid powertrains. Three of them use 48-volt mild-hybrid systems, and they produce 109 horsepower (81 kilowatts), 129 hp (96 kW), and 148 hp (110 kW). There are also two plug-in hybrids with 13-kilowatt-hour batteries that offer 201 hp (150 kW) and 241 hp (180 kW).

There are also two tunes of a 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder gasoline-fueled engine making 89 hp (66 kW) and 109 hp (81 kW) and two versions of a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder offering 114 hp (85 kW) and 148 hp (110 kW). The diesel-fueled, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes in versions producing 114 hp (85 kW) and 148 hp (110 kW).

Gallery: 2020 VW Golf 8 full image gallery

Most reports claim the next-generation of everyone’s favorite Golf GTI will carry on with a 2.0-liter turbo engine with an output of about 252 horsepower (188 kilowatts), available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Just above it, Volkswagen will introduce a new Golf GTI TCR with 286 hp (213 kW), as well as a new Golf R. These were all confirmed to come in 2020

When we will see it?

The new Golf was revealed in Wolfsburg in October 2019. Production begins in Germany in December. Pricing and a launch date for the United States aren't yet available.