It’s surprising that Volkswagen did not reveal the all-new eighth-generation Golf at the recent Geneva International Motor Show — especially since the latest batch of spy shots show the car totally undisguised and ready to go. Hmm, they’re probably waiting to reveal all on home turf at the Frankfurt Motor Show (September) but by then there may be nothing else left to see as these new snaps give us a pretty clear indication of what to expect of the popular five-door hatchback.

Overall, VW seems to have taken an evolutionary design approach; the new Golf — which will go into production in June — looks sleeker and retains the sharper appearance of the previous generation (we were never fans of the Mk6’s curvy lines) and every panel is new. The front end is reminiscent of the Arteon’s and packs a thinner grille while the profile is similar to the predecessor but the rear features narrower taillights along with a slight slope in the roof. It’s wider than before and we note that the base of the side view mirrors have been placed on the top of the doors rather than the window line. The wheelbase has been extended a tad to increase cabin room (the boot will be bigger too) and it’ll be built on the upgraded MQB platform and weigh 45kg less than before meaning it should be lighter and even more fun to drive.

The interior should get higher quality materials than before, a Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster and an improved infotainment system. Power will likely come from the 1.5-litre four-cylinder while the GTI will probably retain the 2.0-litre producing around 250 horses while the Golf R could have 350.


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