The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland
The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf is on sale in Ireland now, priced from €23,950. More than 35 million units of the Golf have been sold to date, and the car has been a best-seller in Ireland for generations.

Now in its eighth generation, there will be a range of petrol, diesel and hybrids available for new Golf, with more high performance versions on the way before the end of the year. Standard equipment has been improved across the range to ensure that even entry models give a modern digital experience to every driver.

What’s new?

The styling of the new generation of the iconic German hatchback has evolved once again with a wider profile and sharper design lines. LED headlight technology is now standard across the range to give the Golf a distinct road presence in 2020. Every part of the body has been reshaped, and the result is a more aerodynamic Golf with the drag coefficient (Cd value) cut from 0.3 to 0.275, making it quieter and more efficient.

Inside there is a fully digital cockpit with intuitive touch controls, background lighting and an optional head-up display. The new instruments and online infotainment systems merge at the same level to form a digital cockpit. Touch buttons and touch sliders have been consistently digitised, so their functions are intuitive to use. Volkswagen says this makes the Golf the first model in its price segment to feature a completely digital, high-end cockpit as standard.

A new voice control responds to natural voice commands. Amazon’s Alexa assistant is directly integrated into the Golf. Drivers can ask Alexa to play music, control compatible smart home devices, or retrieve information such as news and weather. We Connect Plus brings streaming, internet radio and other online features on board.

Pricing and equipment for Volkswagen Golf 8

The new hatchback will be available in five trim lines in Ireland: Golf (from €23,950), Golf Comfort (from €26,695), Golf Life (from €27,750), Golf Style (from €30,750) and Golf R Line (from €31,050).

Standard equipment will include LED headlights, electric windows, digital instrument panel, 8.23″ media system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, electric mirrors, air conditioning, Lane Assist, keyless go and ‘Car 2X Technology’ car-to-car wireless information transfer.

The Comfort model adds a leather wrapped steering wheel, 16″ alloys, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors.

Life models add comfort support seats with lumbar support (front), auto dimming rear view mirror,surround lighting with welcome light, 10″ “Discover Pro”  multimedia system, 10 colour ambient lighting, wireless charging, dynamic road sign display, natural voice control (‘Hello Volkswagen’) and automatic wipers.

The Style model adds front sports seats, 17″ alloys,chrome trim, upgraded LED headlight design incl. poor weather light and static cornering light, ‘Travel Assist’ with lane keeping system, 30 colour ambient lighting, Emergency Assist and Traffic Jam Assist, tri zone climate control, rear view camera, keyless entry with mobile key and high beam control.

R Line models have exclusive R Line sports styling and trim elements, while equipment upgrades include aluminium pedals, sports suspension, progressive steering and driving profile select.

The interior of the new Golf
The interior of the new Golf

Engine options for new Golf in 2020

The new Volkswagen Golf 2020 model has been developed with petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains. Engine options include an entry level 1.0-litre TSI turbo petrol with 90 hp or 110 hp and a 2.0-litre diesel with 115 hp or 150 hp. Diesels are available from €28,150. These new TDI engines feature twin dosing – dual AdBlue injection, to significantly cut nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx). Fuel consumption in the new TDI is up to 17% lower than in the equivalent predecessor.

There’s also a 1.5-litre TSI turbo petrol with 130 hp.

Mild hybrid technology debuts in the Golf for the first time in the form of the new 1.0 eTSI 110 hp MHEV with a DSG automatic gearbox. The start price for this model in Ireland will be €30,350, while there is also a 1.5 eTSI DSG MHEV with 130 and 150 hp.

Two plug-in hybrid versions will join the range at a later date. There will be a more efficiency focused output with 204 PS and a more performance-biased ‘GTE’ with 245 hp. A new 13 kWh lithium-ion battery gives an electric range up to 60 kilometres for these models.

High performance GTI and GTD models are also expected.

Anything else?

Elsewhere, Volkswagen will launch an all new electric car this summer in Ireland in the shape of the Volkswagen ID.3. We can expect to see a revamped Tiguan SUV range soon, with a new plug-in hybrid model to be added.

The Volkswagen Golf will enter the fray once again in the compact family hatchback segment where historically it has held an excellent position. New Golf is going upmarket once again, with more technology and digital features meaning that it’s knocking on the door of the premium compact class against the likes of the Audi A3 Sportback and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

We look forward to bringing you a full Irish road test later in the year.

The Golf will be available with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines
The Golf will be available with petrol, diesel and hybrid engines