Among all the cars in the Volkswagen range, there's no denying that the Golf is one of their top cash cows. Ask any European what a good, solid choice for a car is, Volkswagen's hatchback will likely be one of the common answers.
Now, there's an all-new Golf, and it's Volkswagen's most important launch yet. Not only does it have to be good, it has to be exceptional if it wants to continue the success it had since the mid-70's.
The 2020 Golf is the eighth-generation of the long-running model. In typical Volkswagen fashion, the new look is evolutionary; No extreme acute angles, no exaggerated styling details. If anything, the design of all-new Golf makes it distinct because it still has cues from the original 1974 edition.
Those signature design characteristics include its tall, upright roof, coupled with its thick rear pillar. With that, you won't mistake the eighth-generation Golf with anything else other than, well, a Golf. As for the rest of the car, the headlights and tail lights are more dramatic interpretations of the ones found in the current model. The overall effect is a more aggressive front end, and a familiar looking rear end.
While the exterior changes are evolutionary, the interior is where all the changes are made. The cockpit, for instance, is mostly digitized and looks nothing like the outgoing Golf. From its repositioned headlight switches, the digital instrument cluster, and wide 'floating' infotainment screen, the redesigned cabin is light years ahead of its predecessor. Even the gear selector has been switched from a mechanical unit, to an electro-mechanical one; just like an Audi.
As for engines, there are a whopping ten options available for it. These consist of three mild hybrids, two plug-in hybrids, two turbocharged gas-fed engines, two turbodiesels, and one powered by natural gas. The mild hybrids produce 110 PS, 130 PS, or 150 PS, while the plug-in hybrid makes either 204 PS or 245 PS. With that much power from the PHEV version, we can't help but imagine over 260 PS, or maybe even 270 PS, for the future GTI.
On to the more conventional engines, the turbo gas mills puts out 90 PS or 110 PS, while the turbodiesels get 115 PS or 150 PS. The natural gas engine on the other hand makes 130 PS.
What are the odds of the Golf VIII coming to the Philippines? Slim, sadly. With our local range consisting of China-made models, we can only hope and wish that we'll actually see one on the road here. Still, it won't hurt to ask Volkswagen Philippines if they can bring in a few here, right?