Not only is the Volkswagen Golf one of the brand’s most adored models, but it’s also likely the most popular hatchback in the world. Now, the world’s most popular hatchback is getting a major upgrade as Volkswagen announces its eighth generation. In arguably its biggest redesign ever the Golf’s new look is divisive to Volkswagen fans around the world.
The exterior design is where you can view the most change on the new Golf. In a much more contemporary design the Golf features thinner headlights connected to the grill through a single uninterrupted metal bar, a design cue which defines most of Volkswagen’s front fascias today. The headlights (as well as the bar of the grill) also feature Matrix LED Lights which is handed down tech from Audi. Looking at the side profile of the Golf 8 you can see that curved wheel arches have ditched in favor of a more prominent circular indent. It also seems that the slope of the rear windshield was flattened a bit, giving the rear a more sporty look. There is also the addition of a single character line which virtually wraps the entire car as it extends from the line of the grill, through the door handles, and then through the rear lights.
Moving onto the interior we are greeted by a very inviting space, adorned by countless LEDs which allow for the ambient lighting with 30 possible colors. Gone are the analog instruments of former Golfs, now you get the collection of screens that we are seeing more and more of in cars. However, I will say that the Golf 8’s implementations of screens looks fantastic, and is complemented nicely by the super sleek dashboard.
To me, the Golf 8 is sharp, modern, and it still has that mean look at the front which I love. What are your thoughts on the newest iteration of the VW classic?