Golf gets Facelift from VW in 2021
The Volkswagen Golf experienced a remarkable 14-year tenure in Europe, having been recognized as the highest-selling vehicle from 2007 to 2021. Unfortunately, last year the compact hatchback/wagon was unable to even take third place; instead, they had to settle for fifth, behind the Peugeot 208, Dacia Sandero, VW TRoc, and the Fiat/Abarth 500. Based on statistics gathered from JATO Dynamics, interest in the Golf fell by a drastic 14 percent, bringing total sales down to 177,203 units- not far from rivaling Toyota’s Yaris.
Aiming to revive sales, Volkswagen has publicised that it will be giving the Golf a facelift in 2024, alongside the similar mechanics used by Skoda Octavia which too is receiving an upgrade. It is thought this could be the concluding renovation of this combustion engine car as the ninth generation will truly be electric-powered. A speculative rendering, based on a prototype seen recently featuring minimal disguise, provides anticipation of next year’s mid-cycle change.
The changes to the VW Golf for 2024 that we’ve been able to observe are notably distinct; the headlamps have undergone a revamp and the bumper now has vertical grilles. Notably, the example that has been shown off was a hybrid variant, whereas this visual rendering brings forth a non-PHEV version, evidenced by the absence of an electrical charging port on the driver side. Moreover, this five-door hatch sports a revamped R-Line design, with altered tail lamp designs completing its refreshed appearance.
With the usual German car-maker approach, styling changes are going to be subtle. In comparison to Hyundai and Kia, Volkswagen usually takes a more conservative approach when revisiting their product range. Even though the adjacent illustration focuses on the outer appearance, there will still be small amendments in the interior too.
Judging by what we saw on a prototype a while back, the Golf facelift is getting a larger touchscreen. It appears to be the same 15-inch unit that is featured on the ID.7, as the display spotted inside the test vehicle was larger than the 12-inch screen of the ID.3 facelift. VW has promised to launch a “quality offensive” and to remove touch-sensitive buttons from the steering wheel in response to customer feedback.
Logic implies that with the implementation of Euro 7 in July 2025, cleaner engines have become a necessity. In addition to this, more demanding legislation will also call for modifications to the brakes and tires, part of a broader regulatory framework designed to reduce the already detrimental effects of cars on the environment. VW has been vocal in expressing their opinion that Euro 7 will cause the prices of internal combustion engine vehicles to surge; potentially requiring them to discontinue their widely successful Polo model.