2020 Volkswagen Golf Mk8: This Is It, Fully Revealed In Official Images

Volkswagen’s countdown clock for the unveiling of the all-new, eighth generation Golf just went to zero, as a full-blown gallery has been unleashed on the internet.

The pictures were posted by Motor Elpais, and they show the car in its entirety.  The end result is pretty handsome and this shouldn’t be too surprising as spy photographers have caught undisguised prototypes in the past.

The front end is instantly recognizable, but designers have made a handful of changes.  The headlights are all-new and feature a slimmer design as well as stylish daytime running lights.  In between, is a revised grille that appears smaller than before and features a prominent Volkswagen logo.

Further below, we can see a wide central air intake with body-color and chrome accents.  The model has also been equipped with a new hood which is more shapely than its predecessor.

The evolutionary design continues aft of the A-pillar as the 2020 Golf adopts sleeker bodywork and a more pronounced shoulder line.  The model also has a dynamic character line which now cuts through the door handles.  The greenhouse also appears sportier than before and the prominent C-pillar carries over.

Out back, the Golf 8 has a new liftgate that features revised lighting units and a more rakish rear window.  Elsewhere, we can see an evolutionary bumper and a faux dual exhaust system.

The Golf GTE features a slightly different design as the plug-in hybrid has a sportier front fascia with a honeycomb mesh insert.  There’s also a charging port on the front fender as well as aerodynamic side skirts.

A number of the styling cues are shared with the Golf R Line which also has black trim around the front air intake.  However, it eschews the honeycomb mesh insert for black triangular accents.  The model also has a sportier rear end and what appears to be a proper exhaust system.

While the exterior styling is pretty evolutionary, bigger changes occur inside the cabin.  Drivers side behind a new steering wheel and find themselves looking at a digital instrument cluster and a more modern, free-standing infotainment system.

The dashboard is also new and it features a stepped design with an illuminated accent on the passenger side.  We can also see slender air vents, metallic accents and new switchgear.

Full details will be released tomorrow, but the car reportedly measures 168.5 inches (428 cm) long and 57.5 inches (146 cm) tall.  The wheelbase is also said to span 111.8 inches (284 cm).  The latter figure would be a significant increase as the Golf 7 has a wheelbase of 103.8 inches (264 cm).

An assortment of different engines will be available and choices are slated to include a 1.0-liter three-cylinder as well as 1.5- and 2.0-liter four-cylinders.  We can also expect a 1.5-liter CNG unit as well as an assortment of 2.0-liter diesels.

On the eco-friendly side of the equation, the e-Golf has reportedly been dropped to make room for the ID.3.  Despite this, there will be another GTE plug-in hybrid which uses a petrol engine and an electric motor.

Later on the company will introduce an assortment of other models.  A GTI variant is due next year with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 232 hp (173 kW / 235 PS).  It will reportedly be followed by a Golf GTI Cup with 286 hp (213 kW / 290 PS) and a Golf R with 325 hp (245 kW / 330 PS).

Thanks to Chris for the tip!

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  • Leconte Dave

    Hate the front

  • Sawo

    the front is really bad

  • McFly

    I get what the designers wanted to do with the dashboard. Unfortunately, the rest of the organisation didn’t get it. A shame.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    The front of it is great.

    • Kitty Pourquoi

      for real..?

    • ThatGuy

      I felt the sarcasm there lol

  • Matteo Tommasi

    WTF is the front bumper on the GTE / R Line?

  • MarkoS

    Well, All I can say is that the headlights should be an easy fix for an emergency facelift. The rest, well its a Golf. The plastics on the interior aren’t looking to promising either. For me, I will be keeping my eyes open for a good used MK6/7 Golf R. It is fairly clear all of VW’s attention is on its electrified future.

    • Matt

      VW put a lot of research into their designs. There will be no need for an ‘emergency’ facelift unless sales don’t meet targets.

  • TheBelltower

    It’s a totally predictable and solid design. Though the flamboyant headlamps are just bad, and don’t look like they belong on this car.

  • carlbolt

    This is a refined Golf VI. Look the C pillar. Start from V, a hatch lid started to grow, it’s getting longer and longer.

  • Enter Ranting

    Not in a MILLION YEARS! It’s hideous, and that interior is an ergonomic nightmare.

    • Matt

      What a way to overreact to a pretty solid, smart design.

      • Enter Ranting

        Solid? They added dainty headlights to a tired shape and gave it an interior inspired by a discount toaster oven. The front looks like Dame Edna with a Groucho Marx mustache. What’s so smart about grouping all the lighting controls into one vague touchpad?

        • Matt

          It’s because it’s a VW isn’t it.

    • JRP

      Too bland to even call it ugly.

    • Hans Wurst

      LMAO if VW’s are known for anything it’s incredibly ergonomic interiors.

  • botornot387

    ill reserve judgement for seeing the headlights in person, but nothing too crazy. its a handsome design. like the interior, and the front end of the GTE trim looks the best. looking forward to seeing what they do with the GTI and R models

  • Mr. EP9

    It looks uninspiring.

  • Hamster

    they lost it this time… GTE front bumper WTF!!

  • Robert

    That front is some wonky design execution. They placed those goofy headlights very low giving the front of the hood a tightened pulled down look to meet with them. No Bueno!

  • erly5

    Utterly safe and predictable and will sell like hot cakes!

  • Ben

    Why so much shiny cheap black plastic around the gauges and nav?! Its a fingerprint magnet that gets dusty and scratches easily. And unfortunately for owners, it’ll be in your sight constantly. I like the rear, but the front looks like a frowning jellybean.

  • FordMopar

    Pretty nice looking! Mucus-like color is great! No ugly dark gray or any of 19 different shades of gray!

  • Dennis James

    It is what it is…interior is a bit of a letdown to me, though. Too cold and tasteless, but probably functional. The top dash fascia also doesn’t seem to be of very high quality.

  • krusshall

    Over-hyped by the auto media with scores of spy spots and daily “updates” as if something special was happening with this new generation. Well there are no surprises and frankly any excitement for the reveal is gone.

  • designer_dick
    • Un Tipo Serio

      Not like the other generations, which were very original and innovative

    • Matt

      The bodyshell is all new, so you can’t call it a ‘facelift’. Virtually no carry-over parts at all, at least not on the surface.

      • designer_dick

        Yeah, but the underlying structure seems to have been carried over more or less unchanged other than a few detail alterations around the rear pillar. It’s no more an ‘all-new’ car than Opel’s 2014 Corsa was.

        • Merc1

          How do you know any of this?


          • designer_dick

            I have eyes.

        • Allcarnews

          It uses a heavily updated MQB platform, it is quite different than the Mk7 Golf as the chassis is physically changed, so calling it a facelift is factually and simply wrong.

          • designer_dick

            It’s no more an all-new car than the Mk6 was.

          • Matt

            Actually it is.

        • Hans Wurst

          Unchanged is bullshit. Just because it also uses the MQB (like Passat or even the Atlas!) doesn’t mean it’s unchanged.

        • Un Tipo Serio

          Actually that happened to 5th gen -> 6th, but not this time…

      • krusshall

        He called it a heavy facelift/reskin.

        • Matt

          Only after I commented though… hence the ‘edited’ status.

    • Hans Wurst

      Your picture doesn’t show that at all.

  • very nice improvements about design. liked it very much. a good step for the evolution.

  • Dennis Scipio

    It’s okay looking, but not exactly the wow factor either.

  • Oscar Cereijo

    That curvy
    glossy black dashboard it’s going to be reflections nightmare!

  • Teddy Wijaya

    sleepy face.

  • charlotteharry57

    Probably the most unattactive Golf front end ever (the rear is fine, dash is meh). Now, let’s see if it comes to the US and if so, in what form.

    • Hans Wurst

      Much better than both Golf 3 and 5.

  • Able

    Why would the Mk8 GTI have 173kW of power when the Mk7.5 already has 180kW?

  • Mike Gonzalez

    as a Mk7 GTD owner I was looking forward this new generation but it looks like a Chinese knock-off of the Mk7… wow… just terrible and basic, not even the GTE looks good
    and no 3 doors version.. just keep it for yourselves VW

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Nice to see that the Mk 8 is as perpetually disappointed with how it looks as we are.

  • TheBelltower

    Some generations were better than others. Gen’s 1,2,3 and 7 were particularly impressive. 4,5, and 6 maintained their customer base… no more no less. Visually, the newest one is solid, but kind of a disjointed mess because of the front end design. Which isn’t something I could have ever said about the Golf.

  • Jayson O’Hara

    If you like Golfs you’ll probably like it …if you don’t like Golfs you wont!
    The only thing that disappoints me is the instrument panel. In the renders it looks like its going to be one continuous screen over the dials and info screen but its not …Boooo!

  • Allcarnews

    Wow this is disappointing, clearly see VW is pouring all their money into EV’s and not this

  • frog boy

    It does look nice however I rather spend the money on ID.3 instead. Does VW hear me? Americans want the ID.3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hans Wurst

      Americans won’t buy the ID.3 just like they didn’t buy the Golf. They will get a CUV instead.

  • JRP

    We waited 2 years to see this? It looks so default. You have to be a very boring person to want to actually own one of these. The Golf R better look good.

  • Mozart’s Ghost

    Curious to see what the GTI/R look like but this is pretty neutered as far as styling goes. Hopefully the headliner doesn’t fall every 3 years and the drivetrains aren’t plagued with some catastrophic issue like all the previous gens before it.

  • carlbolt

    “168.5 inches (428 cm) long and 57.5 inches (146 cm) tall. The wheelbase is also said to span 111.8 inches (284 cm). The latter figure would be a significant increase as the Golf 7 has a wheelbase of 103.8 inches (264 cm).”

    That wheelbase number is impossible. We’ll be lucky if we get a 106 inch wheelbase.

    • Miknik

      Indeed, length has barely grown, and given the front overhang looks longer, I’d be surprised if the wheelbase has changed at all, given all the shut lines and glass area look more or less unchanged.

      • Steve Cohn

        Also the new Jetta has a wheelbase of 105+”.
        I doubt the new Golf is longer than that.

        • Miknik

          In the meantime it is anyway clear that wheelbase and width are unchanged (as is boot volume), and length only minimally longer (mostly front overhang);


  • Matt

    Much nicer than that abomination new Yaris. What a terrible looking car.

  • Matt

    Ok Mr Expert.

  • Matt

    Yeah but that’s not what happened with the Golf. It’s a thoroughly new car. Plus that analogy doesn’t really work with cars…

  • Alex

    The front looks… odd. Those headlights are very un-VW and look unpolished. Overall the design is meh. A step backwards from the current model.

    • AZ

      I own a mk7 and this is a step up but minor changes. The sides look much better with those slanted front lights. And it appears the base model actually has R-line styling without the added price.


        I own a MK7 pre facelift and this one is massive step backwards (as is the facelift MK7 for me at least). The line on the front going left to right above the headlights reminds of the eyebrows of a caveman.

  • Matt

    That’s proof of what exactly? An evolutionary design with similar external dimensions? A modified platform, increased wheelbase, all-new bodyshell is not simply a ‘reskin’. You can see the roof structure between the 7 and 8 is actually different, as is the rake on the rear window. That alone would require an entirely new structure.

  • Merc1

    And not a clue. So in other words you’re just guessing based on looks. You don’t know what you’re talking about. What technical data do you have to support your theory? The car has looked the same for YEARS man but it was all new a few times in there.


  • Ben Goodbrand

    VW points gun at foot, pauses to think for a moment, pulls trigger anyway. That’s gotta be one of the fugliest front ends and any car this millennium.

    • Matt

      It’s really not. You must have a very narrow expose to cars.

      • Ben Goodbrand

        Or you just like really bad design. I’d wager my “expose” to cars would would be far greater than you’ll ever get to experience.

        • Matt

          Ooh do tell…

    • Hans Wurst

      It looks better than 80% of new cars out there.

      • Ben Goodbrand

        That’s debatable, but I agree the car industry as a whole is not in a great period design-wise. VW seems to be following suit after a series of conservative but handsome cars.

        • Hans Wurst

          It still looks handsome. The front will look good in person. I’m not a huge fan of the interior though.

        • Hans Wurst

          Sure, taste differs, but compared to all those strangely proportioned or over-styled compact cars out there, I think it’s a gleam of hope.

  • Jawohl

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

  • ThatGuy

    Lower front bumper and rear diffuser are the problem, if they were designed to flow with their respective head and rear light it would look much better. But of those who really like the Golf they can get the R-Design which will look far better.
    I also noticed the center console is very BMW-esque. But it will be a good car and many will get them, but at the current price point i dont know what the value proposition will be.

    The car game has become highly competitive, so much so i have even looked at Chinese Manufactured cars and seen good value there in terms of out right price, and seems alot of those cars share engines with many established brands meaning i could do servicing myself. The only issue will be reliability vs the brands foot print i.e. can i get all the parts for the car with no hassle and that puts me off.

    • Matt

      What difference does the engine origin have to whether you can service the car yourself?

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    The nose is far too droopy but it’s not AS bad as the spyshots made it out to be. Some nice detailing inside the lamps. Interior looks high tech and well made. I’m sure it will remain a huge seller.

  • Richard Taylor

    Well it’s a Golf alright. I usually find it a but futile to judge the Golf purely on it’s aesthetic qualities. There are things I don’t like here but it’s a juggernaut of a car, and I’m sure this new version will represent the stoic quality we expect from VW’s family hatch. In the right trim it’ll seem high-quality, in the wrong trim it’ll seem incredibly bland til a facelift arrives in three-four years. Curious to see this on the street.

    • alexxx

      Yep…on point…

  • Alduin

    Last gen Golf was better this things a mess and the interior looks awful.

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  • Tinky-Winky

    Overall, not as hideous as I was afraid it would be but still.. the headlights are practically BMW 1-series all over again.

    • Hans Wurst

      5 series if anything.

  • Hoe

    Pure trash. horrible looking car

  • xrnzaaas

    It’s not just another bland Golf anymore, front looks absolutely horrible. I wonder how long it’ll be until a facelifted version is introduced.

  • Knotmyrealname

    No. Sorry.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    That are painted on.

  • iion

    Looks stupid.

  • charlotteharry57

    Those slimmer A/C air vents that are now being copied everywhere? Watch them cause A/C failures – the system can’t get enough air out on demand and kapow!

  • Andy Tröx

    Oh, it’s perfect proportions! He looks fresh and trendy. And I’m sure he will be successful anyway!

  • Hans Wurst

    Funny, that’s what everybody has been saying about every Golf/VW ever.

  • alexxx

    Better then I expected really… I would like one in gti form

  • Frase

    Not as bad I thought, I like how changed up the front end is from predecessors, but I feel like it may have needed another draft to perfect it somewhat. Doesn’t hold a candle to the Mazda3, or the A-Class, but it’s not the worst out there.

  • dumblikeyou2

    They baked the historic perception of quality right the hell out of this one. Bravo, VW.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I don’t totally hate it for some reason. The interior looks off putting as a “Golf” at first, but then you get why they did what they did.
    Seeing the completed package makes sense. Even the updated logo and the letter font helps the whole design. The chunkiness in the headlights is the biggest issue, but hopefully the lower airdam styling of the GTI will help out.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I don’t totally hate it for some reason. The interior looks off putting as a “Golf” at first, but then you get why they did what they did.
    Seeing the completed package makes sense. Even the updated logo and the letter font helps the whole design.The scalloped headlights are the most off-putting design element. It looks like it was done for mass appeal, and not for Golf enthusiast.

  • Ermal Morina

    Looks alright. Not as fresh looking as the MK7 when it debuted but still, not bad not good either

  • Marc Gruben

    Well, unlike all the naysayers out there, I like it but then again, I’ve always liked Golfs. They are clean, honest designs. They’re never meant to be eye-catchers but rather, to uphold the stereotype of clean efficient German design (something BMW forgot a long time ago). Even the interior, while not cutting-edge stylistically, looks to be clean and efficient and won’t give me a headache or eyestrain after I’ve been driving the car for 8 hours.

    What I am most curious about is that 8″ increase in wheelbase and how it translates into cabin space. Golfs have always been just a little too tight for me; this one might finally be a perfect fit.

  • Steve Cohn

    Hard to believe the std. Golf will not be sold in the U.S.
    Only the GTI will be. The GTI has equaled the sales of the regular Golf in the U.S. market.
    The author should correct the wheelbase figure. No way it has a 111″ wheelbase.

    • Frank Garrett

      Only the GTI and R will be sold in the United states. There will be no base model Golf. But it still looks like the base model Golf will be sold in Canada.

  • Romain AA

    No matter all the whining, it will sell and prevail.

  • willhaven

    Not the prettiest Golf, but certainly the nicest interior. It’s about time VW changed the design of their tired interior.

  • jdawgnoonan

    I need to see the interior in person. Based on the photo I prefer the design of my mk 7.5 interior.

  • Un Tipo Serio

    At second sight, I find it just ok. Insubstantial. Emotionless. Disengaged. Alright.

    And I guess that’s fine for a soulless machine.

  • Mozart’s Ghost

    Whatever you say kid.

  • SteersUright

    Interior sure is digital but somehow fails to look premium in the pics at least.
    Exterior is really rather mediocre with somewhat unattractive headlights and demure overall design. The most recent RS6, RS7, Arteon, R8, Huracan, Porches, etc, show that VW group can make some beautiful stuffv when they want. They must think it necessary to make the little Golf very bland.

  • Dredd2

    what an improvement !
    ugly exterior, boring interior with a tablet

  • mrpentastic

    Which color mk8 would you get? I photoshopped it blue, any other colors you wan’t to see? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ebc3c476a21f9a56c2c3016f6eeeb02d4a15c7fc9a86fd35b229b387cc69133.jpg

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