Volkswagen Golf 2020 ultimate review: the full truth about the 'new' MK8!



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    It’s the car that’s been 45 years in the making… Introducing the new Golf Mk8! It’s one of the most recognisable cars the world over, and the new version arrives with a sleeker exterior design and a total overhaul of the cabin, which includes a tonne of new tech! The most powerful edition of the Mk8 will be the GTE, which will combine a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 241hp! But does this all-new class-leader offer enough to retain its crown? Join Mat for his ULTIMATE review to find out!
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    1. Besnik Musliu

      Hello Volkswagen I've got a hot ass - Mat Watson 2020

    2. Vincent’s Vlogs

      This better come to usa

    3. VimyScout

      Errm. NO

    4. Daniel Elder

      I had a touch screen in my 65 plate golf gtd and it was a nightmare to operate when I was driving, much prefer the system in my 67 plate Audi s3

    5. Wandering Bathtub

      It’s not a nice looking car at all

    6. semecristian

      why dont they just put an ALEXA in there and get it over with the voice controls?

    7. fireoil

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="735">12:15</a> that guy in background is creepy

    8. mrahimi.rahmat

      Hey Mat, what mount did you use for the GoPro Session on the driver side window?

    9. Jonathan Law

      The fake exhaust on the R-line is even worse... fake quad exhausts.

    10. popopo1976

      Whats that little camera on your window?

    11. Andrew Kingdom Brunel

      Oh dear,oh dear, oh deary me, I wonder if the design team of this particularly bland droop-snoot 'playstation on wheels' will end up in the same VW dungeon as the emission tricksters. The French are killing it with car design at the moment and you cannot afford to get something as iconic as the Golf wrong.

    12. Simon Reeves

      Mmmm, the ID.3 is better looking... Matt, you always have a hot ass 😜

    13. King Leo

      The nose I don't like but I can get used to it


      It's a flipping Renault

    15. Omar

      Why buy it when you can get Mercedes A250 , it is ugly

    16. emmanuel joseph

      its upside down

    17. Ramzi AJEM


    18. rav

      I like the golf design for the first time ever!

    19. fireoil

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="58">0:58</a> cute as hell



    21. Kevin Furusa

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="83">1:23</a> 🤣🤣🤣 monobrow

    22. teeduck

      They ruined this car with all the tech

    23. Superlatmelayu TV

      you guys reading! doing some effort here to tell all malaysians to #stayhome..

    24. atomalbert

      Would’ve been perfect if they kept the mk7/7.5 physical buttons

    25. Csigusz0716

      Very Very Ugly!! Golf 7 better!!


      I know it shouldn’t do but personally for some reason it looks cheap ?

    27. Steven Maginnis

      Overall, I like it in spite of all that tech, but America may only get the GTI and the R, and I don't like that! I'm running an online campaign of my own to make sure we get the base model, too! #VWGolf #Golf8 #BringTheBaseMark8GolfToTheUSA

    28. com edy

      Why haven’t the BBC recruited this guy to be a member of the Too Gear gang?? He’d be an instant hit

    29. Cian McDonnell

      its a little like a Fiat Tipo from the side and rear

    30. Tanbir Syed

      This golf is such an ugly car

    31. Manny Calavera

      Voice control, gesture control, even touch screen. They're all just a pain in the ass when driving a car. I'll take the physical buttons any day of the week.

    32. Maratama Cipta Mandiri

      Tiguan stoplamp😂

    33. mikrobinamtv1

      That color is horrid!

    34. Sand Buzz

      Did that boot opener automatically closed while driving <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="836">13:56</a> ?

      1. Nico Robinson

        thats also where the back up camera is. it was probably still "ready“ and after reaching a certain speed it closes again because the driver is not going to need it and time soon

      2. Joao Sousa

        I think it maybe was stuck?

    35. ahmed amine louarghi

      M K 8 = * * *

    36. James Cassar

      Bunch of old farts in the comments it seems. Technology always improves and takes over. Get over it. That being said, nice ass, ugly face, sexy body.

    37. Anthony Stevens

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="90">1:30</a> 😂😂

    38. Skibble Dazzle

      a voice command system can't be just "alright" ... if it doesn't understand you in one go and you have to keep repeating, then might as well not have it. Hate these half arsed attempts at voice commands.

    39. SeriousGamer753

      Literally anyone over 30 will say it looks bad...

    40. BMW D Mafia

      Nope not good

    41. Olddirtytiger

      Car before had better front , but it's not ugly, reminds me of wings

    42. Andrew Christodoulou

      Volkswagen Mk6 is still the best.

    43. Mohammad Sabbagh

      Why there is no any video about honda 💔

    44. sdfvsd

      cheap shit interior, ugly exterior, horrible reliabillity etc...

    45. Vlad Mihai

      They just facelifted golf 7. Nice economic decision.

    46. Neil Urquhart


    47. Russian Romanoff acc.

      I think this looks disgusting on the outside 🤢🤢

    48. Dem K.

      Mafia group are criminals class grade D in Automotive Engineering and use budget hire bounty hunter army for their business.

    49. Dem K.

      All 1-4 turbocharger intercooler petrol engines and all 1-4 turbocharger intercooler petrol engines hybrid in all brands and all socials : Easy damage engines parts, 20-100 l/100km, over 100 l/100km by Formula one speed 160-250 km/hour, over 250 km/hour on all curve straight circuits and test maximum engines over 20,000-150,000 rpm. From All socials databases End report. They are grade F permanent and become terrorists class brilliant.

    50. Dem K.

      VW TSI 1-4 turbocharger intercooler engines all and VW TSI 1-4 turbocharger intercooler engines hybrid all: Easy damage engines parts, 20-100 l/100km, over 100 l/100km by Formula one speed 160-250 km/hour, over 250 km/hour and test maximum over 20,000-150,000 rpm. From Volkswagen TSI engines all databases End reports.

    51. Bibi Marwah

      Copy paste of toyota Corolla

    52. Ali Rizvi

      mk4 and mk7 are the ones to have

    53. Aneirin Aberteifi

      I would definitely buy a car like this, if I actually had money. Nice.

    54. Motti Yossian

      best car reviewer!

    55. Kim Jong Oink

      Can we all agree that VW ruined the Golf?

    56. stu2820

      FFS... Anyone who plays guitar is going to have fun operating that touchscreen with their hard-earned calloused finger tips. Can't see Keith Richards buying it. Knobs rule!

    57. Tanbir Mia

      Why android users are always 2nd class 😂😂🤣👌

    58. Nothing ToSee

      Golf: The car you buy if you like beige and you have no imagination or you just don't care about cars in general.

    59. snuggles03

      Just buy an apple phone and your problems will be solved

    60. Colactix

      Mood lighting.... "I REALLY love these features!" LOL XD

    61. J B

      I loved vw until I saw that documentary dirty money on Netflix.. dirty dirty bastards vw

    62. JBLBASS

      <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="635">10:35</a> Nobody gonna talk about the floating gopro?

    63. Beast Mode MTB

      Before i watched the video, i saw the The front, and knew Matt would want to say something about.... what have they done?????? jeez! Drooping, pouting WTF VW

    64. LunnarisLP

      Reality is, that VW has commited fraud on their customers, so noone really should buy one. We still have 2 in our family (golf and taycan) and have always had VW cars. But no more after they treated customers like shit.

    65. Mark Roeder

      The new Touchscreen on the Golf 8 is a terrible mistake that VW will regret. It is so much easier to adjust air-conditioning or volume by twisting a knob or pressing a button. People like to touch and feel things - not just tap and swipe. Apple recently learned this lesson the hard way when they removed the Escape key on their Macbooks and replaced the physical function buttons with a virtual panel. They were forced to reintroduce the old physical button after a public outcry. Obviously the Golf 8 designers looked at Tesla and thought they should copy them by removing all the knobs and buttons. But Tesla is a completely different value proposition driven by many early adopters - and even Tesla drivers complain about the lack of basic knobs for aircon and volume. They put up with these faults because the rest of the Tesla cars are so good. I own a Golf 7 which I absolutely love. I chose it over a BMW 1 series and a small Mercedes because it is so much better for everyday driving. But I will certainly not upgrade to a Golf 8 because I don’t want to have to deal with that ridiculous new virtual dashboard. I am not alone in my criticism on this point - numerous car reviewers have complained how difficult it is to use this new dashboard. It’s such a shame because everything else about the new Golf 8 seems great. But that virtual keyboard is a dealbreaker. Hopefully, VW will reintroduce physical buttons in the Golf 9 - like they did with the new Audi 3, which now features physical buttons again for aircon.

    66. Ashiq kp

      Fuq fuq

    67. Ashiq kp

      Fuq is video

    68. Euan Robertson

      Have they fixed the chronic water leak problems?

    69. Anonymous Bullet

      Tbh the rear of the car is great the front is fucking horrible

    70. Gitarrenschule Wu

      Just wanna say, wtf!?

    71. RicViperMoto

      Its Fugly now

    72. Sterling Archer

      U dont know what the change bin is for.....really?!?!? Lol

    73. H. Wes

      Who else caught Steven Furtick at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="374">6:14</a>? Glory be to God.

    74. Recep Gungor

      Golf 7.5 looks much better

    75. Michael Flinn

      Truth is. Golf 8 is UGLY. Had 5 Golfs and can't see myself in this one.

    76. JB

      I think it looks horrible, terrible design.

    77. vanillo

      I know the infotainment system is bad when my 2012 BMW had better voice recognition than this car.

    78. LauchusRexus

      Why are cars so bad with touchscreens response times? Even a halfway modern $150 smartphone has better response times when this crap!

    79. dirk diggler

      I have always liked the way they drive but the looks were boring this is the best looking golf ever usually golf driver are boring people who will want the 7 over this

    80. dirk diggler

      stop mentioning the crappy Ford Focus you knob