2020 VW Golf Mk8 Insists On Camo Despite Being Caught Completely Undisguised

The eighth-generation VW Golf has been spotted several times lately in South Africa and Germany, seemingly without camouflage.

However, those prototypes were wearing some clever disguise material around sensitive areas of the bodywork, such as the headlights and taillights. Now, we get the first professional spy shots of the 2020 Golf courtesy of our photographers who caught the compact car undergoing cold weather testing in northern Europe.

As you can see, the Germany-registered prototype features a complete camouflage package that leaves only the light units, the windshield, and the front lateral windows uncovered.

You’re looking at the final body with the production headlights and taillights

However, it’s pretty clear that those are the final production headlights and taillights. Though partly covered by tape, their outline is clearly visible, as are their LED signatures. As always, those who expected a revolutionary design from the new Golf will be disappointed: besides the front and rear ends, not much will change.

The proportions are slightly modified, though, with the 2020 VW Golf featuring a longer, wider body than the current model. The front end is both lower and longer for a sportier appearance, and the wheelbase has grown a bit, much to the benefit of rear passengers.

In case you’re wondering what the actual 2020 Golf looks like without any camo other than some fake wraps on the lights

The interior won’t be just roomier, but also more high-tech thanks to a wider range of connectivity and safety systems which will likely include semi-autonomous capability. Compared to the exterior design, the interior will get a much more radical overhaul and will see improvements in terms of quality and comfort.

MQB Evo platform will make the Golf roomier, more efficient, and cleverer

While the design is clearly evolutionary on the outside, the eighth-generation VW Golf brings massive changes underneath. It uses a lighter version of the MQB platform called MQB Evo and a bigger share of lightweight materials in its construction. Those are expected to shave up to 45 kg (100 lbs), making the Golf both more agile and more fuel-efficient.

The next-generation model will accommodate a wide range of powertrains, including a GTE plug-in hybrid version with a longer range than the outgoing model. Expect the usual assortment of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, as well as GTI and R performance versions.

It’s uncertain whether VW will still be making a three-door Golf hatchback, given that this body style has fallen out of favor with consumers in recent years. There are some question marks over the wagon version too, even though that one is a big seller in Europe. We’ll learn more about that when the 2020 Golf debuts in the third quarter of this year, most likely at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. VW has already announced that production starts in June 2019.


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Photo credits: CarPix for Carscoops

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Still ugly

  • Toronado_II

    This is the worst design of a Golf I’ve ever seen.

    • wintergraan

      How do you already know what the new Golf will look like? It’s still wearing camouflage… yes, even the black one 😉 and the overall proportions haven‘t changed that much after all. I‘ll reserve my judgement until the car get‘s officially unveiled 🙂

      • Toronado_II

        It already been seen without camo. The overall proportions never change much… but the front end is neither aggressive, nor elegant, nor attractive.

        • Able

          Lol, no camo? You weren’t looking hard enough.

  • StrangerGP

    The last good looking Golf was the Mk5. It’s only downhill since then.

  • carlbolt

    looks larger,can’t wait to get one.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Ugh it has the same ugly headlight design like Chevrolet Sonic’s.

  • performante

    I love the Golf, but this almost looks like they put a MK7 in a microwave for too long.

  • Vangelis Goulis

    Well, it is a well selling design. They are wisely evolving it. Up till now – IMO – they have been improving it in the looks department. This new one is not that different for the most part…..it is that this front end or at least the part we saw till now is not that pleasing to the eye. However I expect that the real game changer is going to be the interior.

    • Giziclown

      Well selling design!? It is boring as hell.

      • Matt

        Yes but it sells well – hence ‘well selling’.

        • Giziclown

          Where does it sell well, in Germany!?

          • Matt

            It’s the best-selling car in Europe.

  • Alx

    I’ll reserve the judgment until I see the full reveal… hoping for a good (read unlikely) surprise.

    • Baeyoung ❂

      They got you mate…

      • Alx

        haha yup, I must be in denial… was considering upgrading my Golf R with this next gen, but not so sure any more.

  • Matt

    I see you go around calling everyone ‘dilletants’ on this site. Calm down.

  • Matt

    I don’t know much about cars? Because I pointed out the Golf is a top-seller? I never even mentioned whether the Golf was a good car or not.

    Maybe you need to learn how to read.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    “We paid for these wraps, and by golly, we are going to use them.”

  • Danny Tam

    I’ll reserve judgment until it’s officially unveiled, but the headlights and slightly more boxier body so far seems underwhelming. Seems to have lost a lot of the edge the MK7 introduced and even more pedestrian if that’s even possible, for a Golf. MK7 was my first GTI so maybe I’m a bit biased, but it had the perfect blend of heritage and edginess that the sporty crowd and even mom’s and dad’s could appreciate, lol..

  • carlbolt

    Come on, Mr. VW, it’s the Geneva Auto Show time already, REMOVE the camo, please!

  • Romain AA

    Can’t wait to be disapointed. like pretty much everyone else will be. and yet, the Golf will stay on European sales charts…

    Let’s wait and see how the future Peugeot 308 compares

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