2020 Volkswagen Golf: All You Need to Know
There have been seven generations of the Volkswagen Golf, and as it stands, more is yet to come from the legendary automaker. Volkswagen recently announced the 8th generation 2020 Golf, which is expected to debut in Germany on October 24th. Excitement is in the air with anticipation of the reveal and there have been reports that the car will be the most technologically-advanced hatchback ever produced. Here at Muller Volkswagen, we are excited about the new 2020 Golf and cannot wait to share our enthusiasm with other Golf fans when the vehicle is on our lot at our Highland Park dealership.
The 2020 VW Golf is expected to retain the traditional hatchback shape of its previous models. Nonetheless, it will feature sharper lines and shorter overhangs that give it a sportier appearance.
The 2020 Golf will feature LED headlights and rear lights, as well as integrated sweeping turn signals. This will give it a more premium look than its predecessors. The interior will be more futuristic since VW has replaced the conservative dashboard layout of previous models with a suave design that is inspired by the Toureg. Likewise, the vehicle will come with VW’s 3rd generation tablet-style infotainment system on a well-organized dashboard.
The front will also be redesigned with a lower bumper to help streamline airflow around the vehicle’s front wheels. This aerodynamic improvement will result in a considerable increase in fuel efficiency. The redesigned bumper is also sturdier than the one on its predecessor to offer protection to car occupants during head-on collisions.
In the United States, the 2020 VW Golf lineup will only include the e-Golf and the widely popular GTI. The e-Golf will comprise the SE and SEL Premium trims. On the other hand, the GTI will be available in the S and SE trims.
VW car models are known for their excellent safety ratings. It’s easy to understand why the 2020 VW Golf has been described as a safe bet. Forward collision warning with an antilock braking system, blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert systems will be standard features in all trims.
The driver-assistance package is an optional safety feature that includes forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
Another impressive safety feature of the vehicle is its slightly raised bonnet, which protects occupants from the engine during a frontal crash. HD night-vision cameras will be incorporated to enable you to maneuver tight parking spaces, especially at night.
The 2020 Golf GTI comes with a 2.0L Turbo engine rated at 24 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway. These are impressive numbers by all standards, leaving Golf highly competitive in the small hatchback class.
While range numbers for the 2020 e-Golf have yet to be released, the 2019 e-Golf has a range of 125 miles on a single charge. Fully recharging the battery can take 26 hours on the 120-volt current standard at homes, but drops to less than six hours if charging at 240 volts. Both trims also come with DC fast charging, which charges the battery to 80% in just one hour at compatible DC fast charging stations. These are likely to be improved on the new model.
The Golf may be a compact car but the inside hosts comfort unlike other cars in its class. On most trims, the front seats come heated and depending on trim level seats are upholstered in synthetic leather, cloth or real leather.
What we love most about the interior on the new 2020 Golf is the amount of available cargo space that is similar to crossover SUVs of the same size. When the back seats are up, there are nearly 23 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the back seats down and increase the cargo area to 53.7 cubic feet.
2020 VW Golf Performance Specs
When it comes to the performance of the 2020 Golf, the most significant revelation yet is the adoption of mild hybrid technology in the GTI. This system uses electrical energy to enhance the combustion engine’s power output.
The 2020 Volkswagen Golf has been designed to be lighter than earlier models. The sportier design guarantees enhanced aerodynamics besides making it feel nimble, especially when navigating curves. Of course, you should expect a punchier performance from the GTI trim due to its turbo engine that delivers thrilling acceleration.
The other trims won’t have the same level of performance as the GTI, but you should still expect solid acceleration. For instance, the e-Golf with a lithium-ion battery rated at 35.8 kWh, and an electric motor, will output 214 pound-feet of torque and 134 horsepower. Despite being considerably slower than the GTI, the e-Golf will feel quicker since its single-speed transmission won’t have any lag.
Clutch pedals on the 2020 Golfs with 6-speed manual transmission systems will be agile, thus making shifting gears such a joy. The optional 8-speed auto transmission will also be a favorite for those who prefer non-manual transmission systems. VW designed the 2020 Golf to offer predictable performance that coordinates well with your steering and throttle input. The braking will also be firm and progressive.
The 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a notable enhancement to previous models. Sportier and more tech-savvy, this car promises to offer tons of hatchback practicality at an affordable price and is one of the best cars in its class.
We are excited about the debut of the Volkswagen Golf in Germany this month and its release in the U.S. next year. To learn more about the new Golf series and when Muller will have this in stock, give us a call or message us through our website.