The Volkswagen Golf has, arguably, been king of the hatchbacks for decades. Will the 2020 model solidify that claim? Let's find out.
Few arguments will hold up in a court of public opinion that the Volkswagen Golf is not the king of hatchbacks.
Yes, some competitors are faster or have more luggage space, and others claim to have more tech, but do any of them do all of the above really well?
It's with this foundation, poured over decades of evolution that we say hello to the new 2020 VW Golf. As is always the case, the latest design is an evolution, but VW has made an effort to distinguish it from its forefather, with a lower front end and slimmer headlights, while the rear receives a more angular look.
It is most definitely still a Golf in profile, as is what lies beneath the bodywork. It has a range of petrol and diesel engines and a plug-in hybrid too. It won't be electrified so as not to step on the toes of its ID.3 sibling.
It's inside that this eighth-generation Golf really makes its mark. The perceived quality of the cabin is top class as always, but the introduction of touch surfaces for most of the controls – including the infotainment, climate control and navigation – consolidate to create a tech-laden hatchback that will leave you wanting for nothing.
Join us in the video below as Auto Express takes us on a walk-around of the all-new VW Golf Mark 8.
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