2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Photographed Virtually Undisguised From All Angles

While VW did not reveal the all-new 8th generation 2020 Golf at this week’s Geneva Motor Show as many of us anticipated, we believe we can make it up with the best and most revealing photos of the popular compact model yet.

It’s virtually undisguised, as only the front and rear lights have some distracting fake decals. However, the production car will use similar lighting units on both ends, so styling-wise, we don’t anticipate any surprises between now and its unveiling later this year.

New Age Golf

VW’s latest design language seems to fit the MK8 Golf pretty well, giving it an overall sleeker and more modern appearance, while also paying homage to the MK7 model, which ditched the MK6’s curvy lines in favor of a sharper look.

Still, every single body panel is new on the MK8, and the front end design gives it a squinty, sort of menacing aesthetic, somewhat similar to the Arteon’s.

Our hasty attempt at removing the decals from the front. Not our best work, but it gives you an idea of what the headlamps actually look like

The car also looks wider than before and if you look close, you’ll notice that the base of the mirrors sits on the actual door panel, rather than on the window line – an interesting choice. As for the new rear end, it allows the MK8 Golf to hold onto its personality, as it looks nothing like the smaller Polo.

High expectations

We have yet to see an all-new VW Golf prototype with an exposed interior, which is a shame because the German automaker will surely bring the nameplate up to date with the rest of the C-segment as far as on-board tech and active safety is concerned. It should also feature higher quality materials than the MK7, a Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster and a bigger and better infotainment system than before.

The MK8 Golf will ride on an upgraded version of the current car’s platform, dubbed MQB Evo. As a result it will weigh less (up to 45 kg / 100 lbs) and have a slightly larger wheelbase, which in turn means more room for passengers and possibly even a bigger trunk.

Production is expected to commence this June, starting with a range of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel versions, joined later on by either full or mild-hybrid models, as well as top-of-the-range GTI and R models.

The public will likely see the car in person this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Photo Credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops.com

  • alexxx

    Oh yeah…. totally new…something entirely different… I cannot recognize it

  • Steve Cohn

    Interesting that the ride height of the two cars shown are quite different. The yellow car is at least 1+” lower than the blue car. Maybe VW is undecided on this suspension setting.

    • Jason Panamera

      They look the same for me. Just compare photos 13 i 21.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Soooo, it’s supposed to look like a mini-Tiguan? Interesting.

  • klowik

    They just mess up the shape of the headlights.. it just looks worst than the current one..

    • Darius Fontenette

      Chevy Cruze headlights

  • Vangelis Goulis

    not bad. An evolution of the existing design. As I said before I think that the big change would be on the technology and design of the interior

  • Knotmyrealname

    There’s still a lot of funky camo going on at the front and rear. The headlights seem to have a sort of ‘tail’ leading into the front fender, whilst the rear lights are completely disguised.

    • driv3r

      Its some very effective last stage cladding and disguising Volkswagen (as well as Seat, Skoda and Porsche) is using for their cars.

  • Przemix

    I like this disguise that should confuse you that it is the current model. Look at that vents around front foglights, two shades of gold on flat surface mimics deep shape

  • driv3r

    Overall it seems to adopt the “boxier” shape and design of the current generation Polo. Personally I’m not sure about the newly styled headlights which indeed look a lot like the ones of the Chevy Cruze. Otherwise – as always – no real surprises of the Golf design. Solid and not too exciting as always.

  • Ricardo Santos

    Looks like it’s squinting.

  • StrangerGP

    Camo or not, the headlights look incredibly ugly.

  • designer_dick

    This is probably what happens when Volkswagen lets the Golf’s design team ‘cut loose’. Looks like the ‘tail’ on top of the headlights leading into the front wing is an LED running light. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/80dd95f609e324322293d5617f8eb130acaa4eea57660a1d01b639fcfa3c3d6b.jpg

  • KidRed

    Not a fan of the headlights. They dip too low on the front end so they look droopy. Since the front end is so small and pointed, the headlights should’ve slanted upwards. They also sit way too far outward and look squished.

  • Jason Anurico

    kinda disappointed, I understand the need and desire to remain true to the original formula but this is way too simplistic, some fender flares, give us something

  • Wis

    Fugly. The front looks horrible. Whoever came up with these squinting front-lights needs to be punished…

  • KAG25

    The headlight design gives it a sad face

  • Jureck

    Oh, I hate those negative surfaces on the wheelarches.

  • MarkoS

    Interesting at least. A safe evolution for sure. As large as this car needs to get. I will reserve my opinion until the release and actually seeing one. This car has always won me over. Looking forward to seeing the GTI and R. I would like to see a AWD option on the GTI.

  • Richard Taylor

    Not really feeling it either – as with many of the other commenters. But Golf’s have a habit of growing on me with the various higher-spec models and as evolutionary as the design is, it’s reductionism is often quite stark and confrontational. Wonder if it will be the same with this new model. Rear lights seem to be incredibly tiny, or am I missing something?

  • WalthamDan

    Everything from the middle of the hood to the back looks pretty good. But like the comments, that front is off a bit, like it is sagging by a few inches compared to the rest of the vehicle.

  • McFly

    Sneaky! It takes good self perception to realise that the simplest and most efficient way to camouflage a new Golf is to make it look like an old Golf.

  • Rimas Kurtinaitis

    They have stickers on to hide them if you look more carefully.

    • Matt

      He never said they didn’t? He means photoshop the real lights in place of the camouflaged ones.

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  • Able

    The front end looks like the last generation Toyota Corolla, especially in that colour.

  • Alx

    that’s one hell of a monobrow!

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  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    The most disappointing looking vehicle of the last 5 years. I know a Golf is an icon, but they aren’t even trying anymore. This already looks horrendously dated and I particularly dislike that droopy front end. Such a wasted opportunity.

    • Mike Gonzalez

      Well… the 911 has basically looked the same since 1961 and i don’t see anyone complaining about it

  • SteersUright

    Hate the new headlights. Overall, manages to look even more dull than the already dull current design. I fully believe it will be great to drive. But damn, does it have to look so utterly boring? Isnt half the fun of springing for a performance car that it also looks pretty cool?

  • Edums

    The green with the camo is the best looking. The elements of the front have a more balanced distribution, instead of having very big and very small elements. I think it might fit better the European aesthetic. However, VW may want this car to succeed in China, so may be they are exploring other design elements. In any case, if they want to keep the Golf as a very Conservative design, why not keep it consistently across all aspects of the model?

  • Six Thousand Times

    Wow! Not really.

  • Matthijs

    How come the sides aren’t dirty at all and the lower part of the doors aren’t shiny while the rest is? I call photoshop and another proof that VW is controlling even the car journalists.

  • Nick

    Has anyone else noticed a new Volkswagen logo? It seems like a minor refinement only. Or is there a totally redesigned logo under clever disguise. Not sure. Judging by the photos though, the new logo seems like it will be first introduced on the Mk8 Golf.



  • Grant Taylor

    Not a Golf – thats a Golf-SV. Different model

  • Six_Tymes

    the head lights look weird. as if the entire nose was pinched or squeezed. maybe it looks ok in person, but doesn’t look good in pictures.

  • Richard Taylor

    One earlier commenter spotted that there are DRLs at the top edge of the headlights. It’s alao interesting to see that the same bar seems to extend past the end of the headlights into the wings. So the next Golf has eyelashes, basically. Also wondering about those rear clusters – have a feeling they won’t extend into boot lid. Let’s see.

  • erly5

    Slightly better than anticipated but still not different enough from predecessor. Will be a bestseller regardless!

  • Mike Gonzalez

    i hate the new headlights… they look sad and the eye lashes? man… they done F’d up the front end. at least the new rims look like a step in the right direction compared to the Mk7 which were basically the same design in different sizes

    • Brabusbus

      Totally agree! the headlight looks like a lazy frog.

  • GlobalPostitpad

    45 to 50kg weight reduction will be impressive. internal combustion engines may be a dead-end but what they are learning about building cars with lighter materials will stand to them.

  • Yavor

    Man that is one ugly design.

  • Grant Taylor

    I’m not convinced.

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