Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - August 14, 2019

Model Preview

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf hit showrooms in 2015 and has seen few visual changes since. It did, however, receive a new engine, transmission, safety equipment, and more in 2019. The 2020 VW Golf will be a carryover model, but it will boast a simpler lineup with more standard features and new tech.

Other than a set of new 16-inch wheels, the 2020 Volkswagen will be identical to the current model on the outside. Given this design is still modern and sporty in a slow-changing segment, this lack of updates shouldn’t be an issue.

Inside, the 2020 Golf will continue with the same basic design, but it will gain a few new standard features, including the next-generation Car-Net infotainment system, in-car Wi-Fi, keyless ignition, leatherette seating, heated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof.

Volkswagen Golf

Under its hood, the 2020 VW Golf will continue with the same 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This power will head to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.

Despite the IIHS giving its standard automatic emergency braking a “Superior” rating, the current Golf missed being an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to its “Poor” headlight ratings. We expect all the Golf’s safety ratings and standard safety features to remain the same in 2020.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2020 Golf is expected to begin arriving at dealers this fall.

The 2020 VW Golf will drop the S and SE trim levels and bring in a single Value Edition trim. There is no official word on pricing, but with its long list of premium standard features, we expect it to fall somewhere between the 2019 Golf’s MSRP range of $23,840 to $26,140 (destination fees included).

The 2020 VW Golf will compete with the Honda Civic Hatchback, Hyundai Elantra GT, and Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

Learn more about the current Golf on sale now »

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