2020 VW Golf Interior: Forget The Renders, Here’s The Real Deal

Volkswagen used yesterday’s Annual General Meeting to tease the interior of the 2020 Golf and now spy photographers have caught the real thing.

As the photo show, the Golf Mk8 will be a radical departure from its predecessor as the model adopts a minimalist interior which eschews a traditional center stack.

This is a big styling change and it appears most of the controls will be integrated into a freestanding infotainment system. Some people might balk at this decision, but Volkswagen has cleverly integrated dual climate controls into a thin touch panel at the base of the display. There’s also a third panel between the climate controls and it could be used for adjusting the volume of the audio system.

To the left, is a digital instrument cluster which is connected to the infotainment system via a gloss black surround with a wave-like design. The cluster looks pretty basic, but it shows a large speedometer and tachometer.

Below the infotainment system is rectangular air vents which feature metallic trim. This design curves around the dash and is echoed across the passenger side.

Elsewhere, we can see a new steering wheel and evolutionary door panels with aluminum trim. The Golf also features a stepped upper dash and five dedicated buttons between the two central air vents.

While the exterior of this prototype is heavily camouflaged, previous photos have shown the model will be instantly recognizable. The front fascia will receive a modest makeover that includes a revised grille and new headlights. The car will also be equipped with a more sculpted hood.

The déjà vu design continues further back as the biggest changes are a higher character line and new taillights. A closer inspection also reveals a larger spoiler and a sportier bumper.

Also Read: 2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8 Photographed Virtually Undisguised

Volkswagen will unveil the 2020 Golf in October and the company has said it will once again “set the benchmark in the compact class.” In particular, they said the car will have class-leading comfort and connectivity as well as good fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.

During yesterday’s presentation, Volkswagen confirmed the Golf will be offered with petrol, diesel and CNG powertrains. There will be mild- and plug-in hybrid variants and the latter will be able to travel up to 50 miles (80 km) on electricity alone.

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Picture credits: CarPix for Carscoops

  • charlotteharry57

    Folks in the US needn’t fuss over this one. Some sources report that only the GTI and R will come over, while some say that none will. In the latter case, that would leave us with only the Arteon, Jetta and Passat, excepting the CUVs.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      They sell too many GTIs to just kill that model entirely.

      They sell over 10 GTIs for every Golf sold in the US.

      • Tariq Alkhamis

        Not to mention that even the most expensive and profitable one, the golf r is selling better than the budget golf, so no reason to leave that out either

  • VW should open up a side business doing renders…this earlier instrumentation render looked better than the actual thing. Like all VW’s renders.

    • McFly

      Like all design renders ever. The point with a sketch is to convey an idea, not say “cheap glossy plastic here”.

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    • dumblikeyou2

      I’d like to know where all the commenters that were gushing over just the rendering on this interior are now? Looking for their rose colored glasses I’m assuming.

      • Rimas Kurtinaitis

        Or knowing it’s a prototype and the production interior will be much more similar to the render.

        • dumblikeyou2

          You mean wishfully praying that it won’t look like it belongs in a mid-80s Honda Civic wagon? Okay. Sure.

        • McFly

          You don’t really change the design when the car is in this stage. Either this is what we get, or it’s sneakily camouflaged in a way we haven’t seen before.

          • Rimas Kurtinaitis

            It could also have been an earlier test prototype, with a rudimentary version of the interior (enough for the basics). I am quite sure that VW won’t let such an ugly infotainment system to the production model, especially when it’s the transitional model from ICE to electric motors.

          • McFly

            Do you have any examples of leaked test car interiors that were rudimentary and significantly changed when we got to see the final product?

            As far as I know, when we spot the test cars on public roads, it’s more or less the complete and final car that is being tested. Otherwise they would use mules.

            But I also hope I’m wrong 🙂

  • BlackPegasus

    When the subcompact in your lineup has a more modern and premium interior than your “flagship” Arteon….. ?

    • Matt

      I doubt the materials will be as nice as the Arteon, but the Arteon is a generation behind as far as design goes so it’s not unexpected.

    • Kyle Blank

      I’m assuming the Arteon will get this next year.

    • Tariq Alkhamis

      To be fair, VW has always considered the Golf (indirectly) to be their flagship.
      Since it’s the only car where vw actually tries its best to keep it on top of its class unlike other cars like the Jetta, or the arteon, or the polo, etc…

      Notice how the rest of vw’s lineup doesn’t get updated until the golf itself gets updated

      Best examples are the cc/arteon, the polo, and the jetta, all of them were a whole generation behind the mk7 golf up until a year before we actually started to see prototypes of the mk8 golf being tested

  • Kyle Blank

    Finally updated. Looks like more Audi tech is flowing down to VW models. Nice.

    • Bash

      Was about to say the same.

  • Bananarama

    The plastic bezel around the screens looks absolutely terrible. Ruins any of the futuristic vibe it had going.
    VW already doe this right with their own Taureg (screen and surround flush in a seamless surface). Why would they not here???

    • Tariq Alkhamis

      Hopefully it’s either a prototype thing or this specific car being a base model, it would be a complete disgrace to make the dash look so cheap in literally the most important car in the company.
      Praying that everything in those sketches including the flush dash makes it to production…

  • PK

    umm yeah i’ll take the a class. wtf is that screen? looks so cheap!

  • Giannis Antypas

    The new controls were previewed in the Cupra Formentor interior.
    Basically the same with these Golf spyshots integrating the aircon and volume buttons at the base of the infotainment display.

  • Richard Taylor

    Praying the nasty plastic look is a combination of pre-production materials, a kinda protection and the spy-photography. If VW pull off the wraparound it has the potential to be the most attractive interior in its class.

    • McFly

      Reality always wins over prayer. 😉
      I don’t think you can save that design by changing the materials.

      • Richard Taylor

        Indeed – I’m not one for prayer either! I can’t imagine VW will let something shoddy go into production, which is why I predict (rather than pray) the materials – and even the construction – will change by the time we see an official set of images.

        • McFly

          At this stage in the development, I’m quite certain this is what we get.
          It will of course look better in professional photos and in real life, but I think these pics highlight the problems with the design: glossy plastic, clumsy lines and generally bad visual integration.

          I think we will look back on this era of car interiors as a quite confused period, and I hope it will settle in a few years into something matured. 🙂

        • Enter Ranting

          I leased a GTi. The entire vehicle was shoddy: engine, transmission, electrical system, trim pieces that fell off. It was a disaster.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen


        While the materials, color, and graining might change, that design is set in stone. I’m really not too crazy about that design.

  • Alpina

    It looks cool and modern, BUT, what will happen in 5 or 10 years with displays? And I dont mean just with VW. Will they crack, will they go blank out of sudden, will they be more prone to hackers and messing with engine settings or system stability in the beginning of era of semi-autonomous cars? I am more for analog displays in combination with digital as extension of our smartphones.

    • Understand what you’re saying, but (theoretically) with no moving parts they should last much longer than conventional analogue systems. As for hackers though, you have a valid point.

    • KRogers86

      Cars have been using screens for navigation for well over a decade, and I haven’t heard of any widespread LCD screen failures with cars that are 10-50 years old. I don’t think the proliferation of screens in modern cars will present reliability issues down the road.

      • Alpina

        I sure hope so, cars are becoming appliances nowaday. Time will tell.

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  • Jake

    So far this car is looking like a solid miss inside and out. Hopefully its all a trick before the real car is revealed


    the screen was ripped off from a class

  • I agree that Peugeot will probably come out with a far more modern interior, but, its the build quality the Golf is always remembered for – an area the French have never really mastered.

  • Looking at this interior more closely, I’d say the horrendous black plastic surround used on the displays will come off for the final version – I mean, just look how nasty it looks around the instrument cluster – surely this is stuck on for testing purposes? Hopefully?!

    • Alx

      Right!!?? I so hope so!!

    • Tariq Alkhamis

      I feel like it’s something to hide the final dash design since the exterior itself is heavily camouflaged + the headlight controls are nowhere to be seen on the left of the speedometer like the render.

    • McFly

      Let’s hope so, that would be great. But I don’t see the point of such a deceptive and elaborate camouflage when you might just cover it instead.

  • thefougio

    I think the interior is a VW Touareg like layout. Not bad with better materials and bigger screens.

  • I hope this party of shinny plastic is not the final dash.

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  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    This looks awful.

    Nothing about this design is elegant or even appealing. It looks cheap and unfinished.

  • Enter Ranting

    Looks like public transportation.

  • Rasta_Farian

    Uh oh.

  • Harry_Wild

    Exterior design looks plan jane!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Oh, it’s finally reshaping as a minivan

  • Scott Matthew Harris

    As someone who has a current generation Golf R, this looks like a massive step back and I would not be interested in buying this car based on the interior alone.

    I sat in a T-Roc recently (their SUV version of a Golf) and was amazed by the low quality interior. Every surface was hard to the touch and mostly made of plastic. It appears Volkswagen is trying to cut costs using minimalist interiors, hard materials and touch screens.

    • Sébastien

      Dieselgate’s fine costcutting in action…

    • KRogers86

      Touch the interior surfaces of the latest Audi’s, and you’ll see that interior cost cutting is happening across the board over at VWAG.

  • KRogers86

    I hope the LCD screens are flush with their bezels in the final form.

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