All-new 2020 Volkswagen Golf goes on sale

  • Small range on offer initially, with just two trim levels
  • Limited range of engines to begin with, too
  • Available to order now from £23,875

Orders open for the latest-generation of the evergreen Volkswagen Golf on 6 February 2020, although initially the choice of models available will be limited as the German giant builds-up interest in the range throughout the year.

That early focus will be on the bread-and-butter versions, with mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid (GTE), performance models  (GTD, GTI and R), plus the capacious Golf Estate replacement all becoming available later in 2020.

If you want to fully electric, the old e-Golf will be replaced by Volkswagen’s new ID.3 from mid-2020.

Which versions of the new VW Golf are available?

Volkswagen has taken the opportunity of launching the Mk8 Golf to re-jig its trim level structure, with the two cheapest ones going on sale first.

Yellow 2020 Volkswagen Golf side elevation driving

Entry-point to the eighth-generation Golf range is now Life, which replaces the previous S specification, while the plusher SE is ousted by the Style grade. Sportier-looking R-Line models will appear in spring 2020.

VW has packed the latest Golf with a generous level of standard equipment, in part justifying the starting price of £23,875 for the cheapest Life model. Its kit roster includes 16-inch alloy wheels in a design called Norfolk (no, no idea either), automatic wipers and LED headlamps, front and rear parking sensors and a very slick 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and a 10-inch multimedia touchscreen.

2020 Volkswagen Golf left-hand drive dashboard

Upgrading to a Golf Style, costing from £25,470, additionally brings you 17-inch alloy wheels (this design’s known as Belmont), an upgraded version of the LED headlamp system, three-zone climate control, sports front seats with additional bolstering to hold you in place and luxurious velour upholstery.

There’s also a raft of optional equipment available including Dynamic Chassis Control (£950) that allows the driver to vary the softness or firmness of the ride to make it more comfort- or agility-orientated, and a head-up display (HUD) for £625 that projects key driving information onto the windscreen so that you have to move your eyes from the road ahead less frequently.

Which Mk8 VW Golf engines arrive first?

As described in our detailed Golf review, a full suite of engines will become available during the course of 2020, but these earliest models will have a restricted selection.

There are two petrol choices – 130hp and 150hp of the turbocharged 1.5-litre TSI – and a pair of 2.0-litre TDI diesels in 115hp and 150hp forms, although the latter is solely available in Style specification with a seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic transmission.

Yellow 2020 Volkswagen Golf front three-quarter driving

Every other version of the Golf Mk8 has a six-speed manual gearbox.

Under the recently introduced and more realistic WLTP fuel efficiency testing methods, the most economical version is the Life 2.0 TDI with claims of 62.8-67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 110-118g/km.

At the opposite end of the scale, the Style 1.5 TSI 150hp hardly disgraces itself with quoted figures of 47.1-49.6mpg and 128-136g/km of CO2.

What this means for you

It’s hard to go wrong with a Golf – even the outgoing seventh-generation car is excellent and is being offered with great deals as a run-out model, but the latest iteration is simply the most complete compact family car available.

Yes, you’ll have to wait longer for sportier versions, but right now, VW’s latest is also its greatest, besting the Ford Focus, Kia Ceed, Vauxhall Astra and everything else you can think of.

Further reading:

>> Find out more about the VW Golf with our extensive preview

>> Fancy a VW of this size, but electric? Learn more about the ID.3

>> Still want that SUV? Volkswagen’s T-Roc could be right for you

Yellow 2020 Volkswagen Golf rear three-quarter