Parkers overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 4.6

Verdict Should you buy a 2020 Volkswagen Golf?

Short answer: yes. And here's why. At Parkers we quite often get asked by friends, family and readers who have seen a Volkswagen Golf they like, whether they should buy it. We list alternatives they might like, and then find out two weeks later that they've just bought the Golf. And in doing so, they've made the right decision.

With the Golf 8, it's no different, even though there's a raft of technical advancements, reflecting its position at the top of the family car pile. Sadly, if you want to go electric, the Golf will no longer be the car in which to do it. The e-Golf is history, putting this one firmly on the internal combustion side of the fence. Want an electric family-sized Volkswagen? Wait for the ID.3. That shouldn't really affect your buying decision for this generation of car, but it's interesting to note that this could well be the last version of what is one of the world's most recognisable models.

That aside, there is a Golf for everyone. Petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid are all taken care of, with performance versions of all to follow too. Driver enjoyment, long seen as the main compromise when comparing the Golf to some of it's pointier rivals (Ford Focus and BMW 1 Series) has been given a suitable uplift too. While it's certainly sharper there's still a sense of grip being prioritised over edge-of-your-seat excitement, but that'll doubtless appeal to the Golf's target market.

So long as comfort levels remain high for daily ease of use, that can only be a good thing. As can the much more modern, digital interior bestowed on this car. In truth it's tech we've seen in other applications already but the way the screens and touch controls combine in the Golf makes it seem much more futuristic. And ergonomically much simpler.

Further reading

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 (2020) driving, rear