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

We’re only a day away from VW unveiling its all-new Golf in Wolfsburg, Germany, an event that will stream online so that global fans and potential buyers can see what this upcoming 8th iteration of the popular compact hatchback is all about.

Now, while its styling is by no means a complete mystery, an anonymous tipster found this image, which appears to be the first official picture of the 2020 Golf, online and sent it over to us.

It depicts the front fascia and matches what we saw in a previous leak from last week – chrome strip for the grille, horizontal bars in the lower grille area, plus a headlight design that’s been making the rounds online for quite a while.

The most interesting thing here though is the headlight graphics, or Daytime Running Light signature, if you will. Each unit features a horizontal strip on top, serving as a visual continuation of the chrome strip found on the grille. Then there’s the U-shape pattern underneath, that may or may not dim down once the low/high beam is activated.

The top light strip actually reminds us a little bit of the E60 BMW 5-Series’ eyebrow-style headlight graphic, the one positioned above the Angel Eyes.

Also read: 2020 VW Golf Mk8 Official Sketches Optimistically Tease What We’ve Already Seen

While it may not end up as the most aggressive-looking model in its segment, the all-new Golf does appear to feature a very clean look, in line with the German automaker’s new and quite modern designs.

As for what it will look like on the inside, we know that it features a two-layer dashboard with very few physical buttons. The screens meanwhile will be slightly oriented towards the driver – yet sit a bit offset, unlike the continuous dual-screen setup you get in a Mercedes A-Class, for example.

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  • WalthamDan

    The lower grille chrome bars look like they were influenced by our Highlander

  • TheBelltower

    As any new Golf generation, the overall design is evolutionary. Though I really dislike the face of the new car because of the headlamps.

    • KidRed

      The headlights with the staggered steps hanging down isn’t attractive. 1 step down might’ve been OK, but they’re also spread too far wide. I don’t understand the desire to throw headlights so far wide and onto the fenders on some brands. You lose the definition of a front end when headlights and air intakes blend right into wheel arches.

      • Matt

        Funny enough I really like the ‘staggered’ headlight treatment. BMW used to do it, and nobody complained.

  • Serhii Kniaziuk

    mk3 – cool
    mk4 – cool
    mk5 – NOT cool
    mk6 – cool. Better to say (urgent mk5 facelifted)
    mk7 – cool (and facelifted even better)
    mk8 – NOT cool
    mk8 facelift – hope, will be soon, in 2-3 years

    • Ganfu

      Agree with everything except the Mk5/6 – I much prefer the Mk5 over the Mk6 look.

      • enthusia

        same, i love the look of the mk5, VW’s design was so fun back then. the mk6 is probably the most bland and forgettable of the bunch.

    • mk3 was awful

  • OdysseyTag

    Definitely how the 8th gen is going to look. Unmistakably a Golf by design which is a good thing.
    Now for the GTI and R models.

  • cartube

    The good news, it’s probably the last golf so we will not have to talk about the evolutionary design.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    No 3-doors version, no party

    • Nowan

      the party is over when CUV came….

  • wintergraan
    • designer_dick

      There’s obviously still a lot of the Mk7 Golf’s structure under there. The biggest giveaway is the tiny quarter window just forward of the front doors – they’re a trend that most other manufacturers have moved away from over the past few years.

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  • eb110americana

    Yuck. At least the dashboard no longer looks like it hit the market in 2000.

  • MarkoS

    They always look better in the flesh. Plain studio backgrounds never do a car justice. Conservative for sure here. I’ll wait and see.

  • Taras

    Pictures have leaked all over instagram just search with a hashtag before every car reveal #golf8 the R line looks awesome

  • Jawohl

    Looks like it has just raised the segment benchmark even higher. No wonder is still remains the worlds second highest selling small car.

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