U.S VW Dealers Won’t Get Base Mk8 Golf Models

Volkswagen has told its dealerships across the United States that certain entry-level versions of the eighth-generation Golf will not be sold in the country.

Auto News reports that dealerships were informed of the move last week with confirmation that the Golf SportWagen model will be scrapped alongside a handful of base models. Dealerships were told that the performance-focused Golf GTI and Golf R will continue to be sold in the U.S. when the Mk8 models arrive.

Also Read: 2020 VW Golf Mild Hybrid System Revealed

A source with knowledge of the matter claims that VW’s decision isn’t yet set in stone. The base Golf just so happens to be the best-selling car for Volkswagen in Canada and it’s reported that if Canadian dealerships can make a business case for keeping entry-level Golf models in showrooms, these models would likely also be offered in the United States as well.

Volkswagen is readying to unveil the all-new Golf later this year but if current plans to ditch base models in the U.S. go ahead, American buyers won’t have the opportunity to buy a new Golf until the new GTI and R arrive in late 2021 as 2022 models.

“Every automaker is reviewing its product lines right now to see where they could trim,” Autotrader executive analyst Michelle Krebs said about the company’s decision to cut down on Golf models. “It looks as though we’re heading into a downturn, and everyone is looking for ways to cut costs and move resources into new technologies as well. Everyone’s doing it, and especially the Europeans.”

more photos...
  • Here in the metro-NYC area, most of the Golfs I see are either GTIs or Rs. I can’t remember the last time I saw a base Golf.

    • ME

      I see them a lot in NYC.

      As much as I wish they sold base Golfs with AWD, I would welcome the ID.3 in the US.

  • TheBelltower

    I don’t understand the eyeliner. Is it just blacked-out, or is there some function? It’s probably smart for VW to limit base models to outside the US. The Golf is hugely popular in all trim levels, but can’t compete on price

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      The eyeliner is a sticker on the pre-production model. It will be omitted at launch.

      • TheBelltower

        Good. That’s what I thought. But it seems to be on every Golf shown.

        • Rimas Kurtinaitis

          That’s because they’re all prototypes.

    • paulrogo

      its meant to camo the actual headlight design, just like there’s coverings on the taillights

  • Six_Tymes

    Smart move, not many buy the base model

  • Liam Paul

    why even stay in the states, I hardly see VW anymore on the road

    • marioGTI

      Where do you live, Montana?
      Plenty VW’s in Chicagoland and NW Indiana area.

      • ThatGuy

        Yo MarioGTI and Liam, could it also be that your markets have heavily fast cars, from my side looking from the outside in, not 4 cylinder can compete with the amounts of V6 and V8 the US is perceived to have, also to the rest of the world we are sold the story about the US majority loving Trucks/Pick-up’s like Rams, F-150’s and Chevy’s.

        In a reply above i still think the below hatches should have been there:

        Opel Astra. COrsa, Ford Focus Fiest, Hyundai i30.I20.i10 , Kia Cerento. Rio hatch, Honda Civic. Fit, Golf, A3, A-Class, 1-Series, Alfa Giulietta. Mito, Peugeot 308. 208, Renault Megane.Clio. Sandero, Toyota Yaris. Corolla Hatch, Mazda 2. 3. Subaru Impreza. Mini cooper, clubman. countryman. VW Golf. Polo. Vivo Plus all the variants in those ranges.

        We get them, its surprising the US does not and majority are value for money. But are not big cars

    • ThatGuy

      Hi again Liam, on youtube i watch the Donut Media guys and they always list alot of cars that the US does not get. I am always amazed and think, wow the range you guys get is so limited, Only BMW Audi and Merc offer everything there they offer globally.
      Like they always say the small hatch and sedan are all but gone. So is ite really like that mostly SUV’s.
      Most US brand have pulled out of many markets, well all markets where we have right hand drive cars. Its sad though as i would have loved the Camaro or Charger, but its priced like and M3 or AMg here which means i can not even look at one

    • performante

      You should get out more. There are a ton even here in Metro Detroit, where its sacrilege to drive foreign.

  • Puddingpopper

    who else even makes a hatch in this market anymore or past 2020?

    • Puddingpopper


    • Harry_Wild

      BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, etc…

      • Puddingpopper

        ok toyota, honda, and subaru… drawing a blank on the other two, GLA and X2 do not count

        • Androuffle

          European A-Class hatch is now available in Canada, even with 4Matic 🙂 Same for the (now dated) A3-Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid. Only the BMW 1-Serie is missing !

          • Puddingpopper

            You can have literally everything you want shipped there, no? RS6 avant? no problem, something that’s less than 25 years old, you betcha.

          • ThatGuy

            Hi Pudding, over here we have the Opel Astra. COrsa, Ford Focus Fiest, Hyundai i30.I20.i10 , Kia Cerento. Rio hatch, Honda Civic. Fit, Golf, A3, A-Class, 1-Series, Alfa Giulietta. Mito, Peugeot 308. 208, Renault Megane.Clio. Sandero, Toyota Yaris. Corolla Hatch, Mazda 2. 3. Subaru Impreza. Mini cooper, clubman. countryman. VW Golf. Polo. Vivo Plus all the variants in those ranges.

          • Puddingpopper

            Thanks Guy

          • Androuffle

            Nope, it has to be 15 years old or more in order to be imported here in Quebec.

    • JRP

      Audi A3
      Chevrolet Bolt
      Chevrolet Spark
      Fiat 500
      Honda Civic
      Honda Fit
      Hyundai Elantra GT
      Hyundai Veloster
      Kia Rio
      Mini Cooper
      Mitsubishi Mirage
      Nissan Leaf
      Subaru Impreza
      Toyota Corolla
      Toyota Yaris
      Volkswagen Golf

      • Puddingpopper

        But no one wants most of these

        • Steve

          I want another Golf! >:-(

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      There are a ton. See above.

      • Puddingpopper

        Good job car poops team!

  • Harry_Wild

    Golf’s Sport Wagon is the only Golf I would think of buying in the U.S.

  • Bash

    Almost no one buys the base model anyway.

  • Androuffle

    SportWagen are everywhere here in Canada, 4Motion is almost mandatory for our 6-months winters and only R/SportWagen have it here. Should VW decide to sell base Golf Hatch with 4Motion as they do / used to do in some European markets, they will sell tons ! Currently, only Subaru with their Impreza have a similarly sized and priced vehicle with all-wheel drive.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    In the US, the GTI outsells the standard Golf over 10:1 and I’m pretty sure the Golf R is 3:1. That’s crazy.

    Also, the MK8 is not attractive. The blacked out areas above the headlights is hideous and looks totally unfinished.

    • J-Triumf

      I don’t think those blacked out areas will be in the final version, and even so, that’s not what I’d consider the thing that makes the mk8 unattractive; if anything I hate how long it looks, both in its hood / front end and overall body.

  • J-Triumf

    I wish Ford would do the same with the new Fiesta; no one here’s really interested in the base version but the FiST would do pretty well amongst enthusiasts.

2020 Hyundai Kona N With 246HP Turbo Spotted For The First Time

The go-faster version of the Hyundai Kona will likely employ the same powertrain with the i30 N.

Porsche Says It Must Look Beyond Cars To Remain Profitable

Porsche says people could buy fewer of its cars as more people live in big cities.

A BMW M2 Gran Coupe Looks Good But Is Highly Unlikely

The new BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe will most probably top out in M235i form with a turbo four.

Acura’s Iconic Integra Type R Touring Car Returns To The Track For More Action

The restored version of Acura’s Integra Type R racer can rev up to 9,000 rpm.

OMG, 2020 BMW M3 & M4 Really Do Have A Massive Grille And This Is It!

The all-new 2020 BMW M3’s nostrils might actually be bigger than the Concept 4’s.

FCA To Build New Battery Hub At Its Turin Factory

FCA’s Mirafiori plant in Turin, Italy will also be responsible for building the all-electric Fiat 500.

VW Golf Countdown: 2008-2012 Mk6 Made Safety And Comfort Breakthroughs

VW managed to shift 2.85 million units of the sixth-gen Golf, which offered a plethora of driving assist systems as well as a wide selection of petrol and diesel engines.

All-New Honda Jazz Is Hybrid-Only In Europe, Launches In Mid-2020

The 2020 Honda Jazz will pack a standard two-motor hybrid powertrain offering “EV-like driving dynamics”.

2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8, Here’s (Likely) The First Official Picture

The official unveiling of the all-new 2020 VW Golf will take place Thursday evening on October 24.

Skoda CEO Tells Employees Not To Worry About Potential Move Downmarket

VW reportedly wants Skoda to play in the market segment of cars costing between €10,000 and €20,000.