- For: Technology, quality, familiarity
- Against: Digital cockpit, can get expensive, no electric option
- Verdict: A digital revolution, but the Golf remains reassuringly familiar
How can something so different be so familiar? The Mk8 Volkswagen Golf looks like a chip off the old block, but details have changed, most notably on the inside.
Volkswagen calls it a ‘digitalised workplace’, with the dashboard dominated by a 10-inch central screen and digital instrument cluster.
Predictably, the Golf feels impeccably well-assembled, although there are some plastics that would look out of place in an Audi or Mercedes-Benz.
You’ll find three trim levels: Life, Style and R-Line, with sportier versions on the horizon and an estate available alongside.
There’s no electric e-Golf this time – Volkswagen is focusing on the ID3 instead.
You’re most likely to pick the turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol, which offers a terrific blend of performance and economy.
A more expensive 2.0 diesel is available if you regularly drive longer distances.
Overall, although much has changed, the Golf still feels like the benchmark. Prices start from over £23,000, mind.
- Launched: 2020
- Facelifted: Not yet
- Due for replacement: TBC
- Warranty: 3 years / 60k miles