FIRST DRIVE: New VW Golf GTI Mk8 2020: In Detail, Interior, Full Driving Review (4K) | Top Gear

24. sep.. 2020
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The new eighth-generation GTI has landed and Top Gear’s got its hands on one. It has an angrier face and the new interior has an allergy to buttons, but on paper it has a lot in common with the last one. We head to the Anglesey track to see if there’s any revelations in the corners and new magic in the chassis. Is VW’s new hot hatch really as sensible as it looks?
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  • Do you think the GTI's still good value? Or for that money do you want the extra ponies from Honda and Renault?

    Top GearTop Gear29 dager siden
    • If theres an APR stage 1 ECU tune for the MK8 then yes its good value, a simple $800 ECU tune boosted my MK7 from 220 to 304hp, ive had that tune from day 1, besides overall performance the MPG increased too when driving on the highway at 75 with cruise control on (i get 34-36 depending on road and weather conditions)

      Dave PatersonDave Paterson3 dager siden
    • For that money, I want a real interior back.

      vomErstenvomErsten4 dager siden
    • Definitely

      childish Gamboachildish Gamboa6 dager siden
    • Megane RS👌👍❤💪💪👏👏❗HONDA TYPE R❤👏👏👏❗ GOLF GTI 🤔🙄⁉😂😂👎👎👎

      Igor IgorIgor Igor7 dager siden
    • @Spud Chuffington jones £34000 starting

      Aamer HabibAamer Habib8 dager siden
  • Oh hell no! I think I speak for everyone when I say we like to push a physical button once to disable ESC. A lot safer too.

    Ray Be kind to others, it goes a long wayRay Be kind to others, it goes a long way37 minutter siden
  • I’d bet it’s pretty sexy in person

    Mike LMike L2 timer siden
  • GTI 35 for me

    mbongeni kennethmbongeni kenneth12 timer siden
  • Always vw made cars too weird and not fun to the drivers more electronics on the car for more problems when ur own that car with too many electronics ..i prefer less tecnology and more fun in the car..And most important engine that vw stop made is the epic vr6 and r32and v5 mk4 and mk5 big mistake from vw..

    Panos LamprinosPanos Lamprinos16 timer siden
  • Lovely, those big holes in the front. Gives you a good view at the pitting and rust on the radiator.

    bamikroketbamikroket17 timer siden
  • I’d rather modify an opc, gti is boring

    Rizaan JappieRizaan Jappie17 timer siden
  • The issue with driving on a track like this is it doesn't show how bad the Rev hang is lol

    Diddle SkittlesDiddle SkittlesDag siden
  • I’ll take my MK7 over this any day.

    iTz SassiiTz SassiDag siden
  • Mk4,Mk3 and Mk7.

    Gilson Luiz de OliveiraGilson Luiz de OliveiraDag siden
  • It has a sport feature where you can save all your sport setting so he's capping.

    Weston DowisWeston DowisDag siden
  • Not surprised they aren't selling it in the US, I see more Type R than GTI 😂

    Ahren ScholzAhren ScholzDag siden
  • is it just me or is the car massive

    Fancy PantsFancy PantsDag siden
  • you are not in a video game,old school instrument are just fine.

    אייל שניידראייל שניידרDag siden
  • Its still a VW GOLF. Dont care how fast it is. VW has kept polishing the turd into something the original GTI never was. Not worth the money

    JME RJME RDag siden
  • This more Audi style

    Alberto García 11Alberto García 11Dag siden
  • Boy...I sure wish SAAB hadn't squandered its finances and merged with GM....just imagine a 2020 900 Turbo available to put an end to boring hatchbacks....

  • Good grief, horrible exterior AND interior. What were they thinking?? It looks like they were trying sooo hard and lost sight of the desirable Golf formula. I predict MK7 values will rise.

    Jonathan MartinJonathan Martin2 dager siden
  • Just another car with 4 tyres and a steering wheel, how much we have improved since the 1800s...Oh wait, we now have digital touch screens instead of beautiful analogue buttons and dials, WOOOOOOOO!!!

    CRT GamerCRT Gamer2 dager siden
  • I feel like queen Elizabeth has changed more in the last 15 years than the Golf did. The mk5 was totally different to the mk4, but from then on they were all pretty much the same. Even the engine in the GTI has remained pretty much the same with only some changes in terms of the internals, improved heads and a slightly better turbo with each new model...

    Bruno BegicBruno Begic2 dager siden
  • Not sure I like the fake buttons but the interior looks amazing. VW nailed it again.

    Pat WPat W2 dager siden
  • I still have a MKV, cant believe its 15 years old, it still looks good compared to a lot of new cars coming out and while the stereo feels 15 years old the rest of the interior is classic and hasnt aged much at all. Ive had cars less old that felt embarrassing to drive because they got so ugly, but Im still happy with the MKV.

    a ha h2 dager siden
  • Some intern got too much sway over the interior buttoms and controls.

    ishudshutupishudshutup2 dager siden

    amine jamaniamine jamani2 dager siden
  • This might be the ugliest gti ever

    egshaneegshane2 dager siden
  • Holy cow this guy’s voice is so similar to Hammond’s, so weird

    Sorin Mihai TomaSorin Mihai Toma2 dager siden
  • Day old question: Is it reliable?

    Black FlameBlack Flame2 dager siden
  • I like the interior, but the outside is godawful. They've gone and done a GTI shaped BMW M4 🤢

    Danny DDanny D3 dager siden
  • I really dislike this new "wide mouth grill" front end. Honestly it's so over done at this point it honestly looks like VW is copying the Toyota Corolla for goodness sakes.

    blumausblumaus3 dager siden
  • Jesus, esse carro é feio demais.

    Chino LeeChino Lee3 dager siden
  • This amount of technology sucks, and mechanical engineering was not improved . The older Golf is better than golf 8 for sure

    Michele BordinMichele Bordin3 dager siden
  • Don’t like the Down syndrome style lights.

    SmithSmith3 dager siden
  • Terrible gen..

    PeeticekPeeticek3 dager siden
  • To much cheap plastic all around.

    Ghost01Ghost013 dager siden
  • Is that Anglesey? It's gorgeous. Dream track.

    AS 2212AS 22124 dager siden
  • That is NOT an angry face.

    zumik83zumik834 dager siden
  • VW reliably is shit too sadly

    Nawaz WaseemNawaz Waseem4 dager siden
  • I guess it's better than a plug in...

    Slick MikeSlick Mike4 dager siden
  • The only thing i like about this car is the steering wheel

    TonkYTonkY4 dager siden
  • Let me tell u kids...1988 Autobahn Munster to Dortmond. Driving my LHD White Golf GTI 1800 MK1 outside lane racing a BMW 323i..precious memories

    Steve HSteve H4 dager siden
  • Dull as dishwater. On my evo 10 I can choose gravel, snow or tarmac with one physical button that takes a second. This Golf is a fail I'm afraid.

    beebobeebo4 dager siden
  • VW: nobody needs buttons. All the reel mennns i the wurld: WE LOVE TO SMESH BUTTONS!!! WE NEED BUTTONS!!! VW: you didn't have to use caps lock... MENNSSS: SMESH BUTTONS!!!

    SavageHobbitSavageHobbit4 dager siden
  • Im not a FF guy în to a video. But i just found myself, fast forwarding în to this video. Why?

    Z Flo ZZ Flo Z4 dager siden
  • Does this video have all the motoring clichés available. On the Golf, are there any fundamental changes since the mk5?

    liammanatorliammanator4 dager siden
  • This guy is awful haha

    Josh33Josh334 dager siden
  • It's getting harder to tell the size difference between a Golf and an Audi A3. Really wish I could find a mid-80s Dasher Wagon or maybe even a Quantum Wagon with Synchro. Ooh, imagine a moderately-lifted Quantum Wagon Synchro 🤔 With snorkel, roof rack, a light bar, some fogs & floods, and some underbody mods for rigidity and drivetrain protection..

    Tyler NewlinTyler Newlin4 dager siden
  • Is he really using old Hammond jokes? 🤦🏻‍♂️

    Tyler NewlinTyler Newlin4 dager siden
  • Less buttons feels like they just make things overly complicated for the simple things

    The 8th Outer GodThe 8th Outer God5 dager siden
  • Let's sum up: uglier exterior, less-functional interior, no powertrain improvements. I'm gonna buy a MK 7.5 Golf R manual -- sure to become a collectible, since the next R won't offer a manual.

    NervaNerva5 dager siden
  • This train wreck of a redesign is really because ONLY the enthusiasts are left, and we don't count as a subgroup. The remaining don't drive stick, would rather tweet while driving, and think spirited driving is "toxic".

    Rebecca KilmoreRebecca Kilmore5 dager siden
  • GTI MkWoke. The new design is Dogshit. They're trying to make GTI a family car. Get a Tiguan, lose the 2 extra doors and get your grove back VW.

    Rebecca KilmoreRebecca Kilmore5 dager siden
  • Its becoming more apparent that car manufacturers will eventually forget the older crowd to cater to the younger generations. They are moving in the all digital direction that Tesla and others went to. I'll take analog gauges and buttons over these digital screens every single time. I love my MK5.

    EOL LEOL L5 dager siden
  • just shocking to see the Manual Transmission, coming from a country where MT is non existent in the VW lineup

    SkiWithG3st parallel journeySkiWithG3st parallel journey5 dager siden
  • How much oil does the engine burn every 1000km?

    m3rovingianm3rovingian5 dager siden
  • Guess who’s buying a mkII 7.5 ?

    C Note BeatsC Note Beats5 dager siden
  • Love all of it

    Ash WaltonAsh Walton5 dager siden
  • I miss Captain Slowly's reviews of hatch backs. 🙁

    Ed GingiEd Gingi6 dager siden
  • That big horrible honeycomb grille is awful😖😖😖

    unions100unions1006 dager siden
  • I was going to buy one of these but the Audi tt test drive was much better!

    DavidDavid6 dager siden
  • My car

    ZhangoZhango6 dager siden
  • DSG all the way 😬🇬🇧

    Alan NAlan N6 dager siden
  • The front of the mk8 GTi has grown on me - it's like a more modern MK4. But those five dotted foglights, they look uninspiring

    nee yooomnee yooom6 dager siden
  • U better say those comments, after driving old GTI.. Thats a lot of nice interior and exterior of the new 1, drive new 1 for some days then drive new 1 , u will feel the difference

    shrikant thoteshrikant thote6 dager siden
  • To Whom It May Concern: VolksWegon complains As a customer and owner of Tiguan 2.0 TSI Volkswagen (WVGZZZ5NZCW043110)a very much well recognised brand globally, here I would like to declare my unsatisfaction of the quality of your vehicle parts and specialisation. I have gone through this endless nightmare for the past 4 years and regret buying a car from Volkswagen. For all the complaints I have made, there were only temporary solutions. The authorised dealers are all keenly busy to sell the parts but do not rectify the real problem faced. 4 years I have been complaining about engine check lights popping up, reverse camera error, Bluetooth error, engine ignition issues, noises from engine, start-up trouble and many more. Volkswagen authorised dealer is only busy changing the parts 1 by 1 and no permanent solution to my problems. Many parts and sensors have been changed again lately, but eventually after a consultation, it's an "Instrument Cluster" fault as a gateway to most of the electronic function which is causing trouble as a silent killer from the day one of my complaints. My Tiguan is well maintained according to the book of service. To my understanding and fellow Volkswagen users globally this is not a common issue and Volkswagen must take the full responsibility for this " Meter " instruments cluster malfunction as this is based on a manufacturing default. It has cost me a lot of my time and hard earned money which has been wasted at your authorised service centre. Compared to the maintenance cost of many other cars, yes, a Volkswagen car is expensive to maintain. This is mainly due to the expensive German parts of the car and due to the high quality fit and finish the car provides. However that does not mean the customer should be left high and dry with a defective product. I feel like I spend more time at your service centre than I do at work or at home. I'm at my wit's end everytime my vehicle is back to the dealership for repairs required because of the malfunction. Country:Malaysia

    Kumaran SuppiahKumaran Suppiah6 dager siden
  • That's my real-world dream car.

    Sean ColemanSean Coleman7 dager siden
    • @beebo 😆 Yup.

      Sean ColemanSean Coleman4 dager siden
    • Low expectations then?

      beebobeebo4 dager siden
  • 😂😂😂👎👎👎❗ .

    Igor IgorIgor Igor7 dager siden
  • Looks like a Renault from the front.

    zGJunglezGJungle7 dager siden
  • Thank you, we'll call you.

    tobortinetobortine7 dager siden
  • +1. .. "GTIs are the 911s of the Hot Hatch world" .. Well said. .. Signed, A GTI (Mk5) & 911 Carrera 2S (993) owner.

    Michael SchneiderMichael Schneider7 dager siden
  • I don't have an iPhone

    Al FeruiAl Ferui7 dager siden
  • 242hp is not enough not for a new generation. Also the sound is absolutely Sh#t. The European Union has destroyed the car industry due to fitting ppf's to a car that doesn't need it the catalytic converts were enough.

    Asa MitchellAsa Mitchell7 dager siden
  • I like change. Just adjust. Simple

    Stealth TrooperStealth Trooper7 dager siden
  • I actually like the mk8 golf gti but tbh i rather get a used mk7.5 golf gti or golf r

    H KH K7 dager siden
  • This guy is just not Top Gear quality... Horrible. Just fire him and have Chris Harris host the whole show.

    Stoic PrinceStoic Prince8 dager siden
  • Oh god I just ordered the gti club sport

    Aamer HabibAamer Habib8 dager siden
  • I love it

    Jayden NundlallJayden Nundlall8 dager siden
  • "turns the simplest of commands into a massive ball ache" - like an iPhone then?!

    speedysmithyspeedysmithy8 dager siden
  • How is it better? You just killed the dash/interior and told us that it has a five year old power plant...subjectivity you killed the nose design and wheels. Top Gear needs to think long and hard about this type of review. That said I agree with all the “actual” points which makes want a mk.7 to replace my aging ST.

    Craig PaviaCraig Pavia8 dager siden
  • I don't like it. Looks awful and the interior looks cheap. The mk7.5 looks 10 times better

    Denis NolanDenis Nolan8 dager siden
  • Stick with my M140i shadow edition thanks.

    RichJWRichJW8 dager siden
  • Complaints of the excessive steps necessary to get to a particular driving configuration but praises the sliding scale adjustment that increases those steps even further.

    J BlauvJ Blauv8 dager siden
    • @Freudian I have no problem with it either. It's just a contradictory criticism in the review

      J BlauvJ Blauv7 dager siden
    • I, for one, am extremely excited about the DCC adjustment becoming a sliding scale. This means that I can set the suspension even softer than 'Comfort' and even harder than 'Race' with reference to the old MK7 GOLF GTI / R DCC setup.

      FreudianFreudian7 dager siden
  • Wow

    Jaikrishna VsJaikrishna Vs8 dager siden
  • That's Ugly looking vehicle..Next!

    Chris P. BaconChris P. Bacon8 dager siden
  • Here vw have a drive around the block with my 2019 Ford focus St, take a few tips and go back to the drawing board. Btw I have a push of a button to go on sport, race or normal. And another button to turn off stability control. Vw learn from Ford how to make a decent low lag gasoline turbo engine.

    Jorge NascimentoJorge Nascimento8 dager siden
  • Pause at 02:04 for check engine light.

    Nguan Joo GohNguan Joo Goh8 dager siden
  • My lease doesn’t run out until February 2022. I’m praying I can still get a Mk7 new from dealer

    TheClamp GodTheClamp God9 dager siden
    • Likely too late

      Peaceful MusicPeaceful Music8 dager siden
  • Looks like a Renault Megane

    BMAC VAGSBMAC VAGS9 dager siden
    • An ugly megane

      WorldWide HipHopWorldWide HipHop8 dager siden
  • The GOLF is so beautiful but only the front end. I guess if they fixed the back end they could double the price.

    vinestreet7vinestreet79 dager siden
  • Looks awful

    Mu FcMu Fc9 dager siden
  • Guys, here me out. The touchscreen controls within cars are the future. There's gonna be a point in time where electronic screens are much faster to cope than with analog... However, there ARE controls I want that should STAY analog.

    LPCrossOverLPCrossOver9 dager siden
  • Who thinks mk7 or mk7.5 is better press the like button

    JXSCXJXSCX9 dager siden
  • Actually quite nice with all of the sport upgrades.

    Metallica Fan!Metallica Fan!9 dager siden
  • Btec Richard Hammond

    Muzzamil HayatMuzzamil Hayat9 dager siden
  • I own a golf mk7 right now and this generation definitely takes the car in a new, softer, less real, and less practical route for the driver, not only is the look not the "golf" look, but new plaid? And on top of that touch buttons will always be a terrible design, they're to easy to press the wrong button and slippery and look bad when u use them at all, not to mention they scratch. The new golf is hopefully not the downfall of golfs in the US, but if it continues this is the generation that killed it.

    DocterlatDocterlat9 dager siden
  • And today the MK8 GTI Clubsport was announced. - Naturally never gonna look as the MK7 GTI Clubsport you see me own at my channel. Have a look for comparision! 👍

    3DFX3DFX9 dager siden
  • I don't like the front is terrible ...

    shini843shini8439 dager siden
  • Let's not forget VW always underrates the GTI's horsepower. Their published hp & torque numbers at the crank are typically a little "lower" than what you actually get at the wheels for an MK7 so I assume the same holds true for the MK8.

    Eric NEric N10 dager siden
  • I hate the way this one looks the club sport is much better

    Matt KobusMatt Kobus10 dager siden
  • it has no volume button, that's a no sale for me

    Fresh TowelsFresh Towels10 dager siden
  • Nows your last chance everyone. Grab your mk7 and 7.5s

    jkr1293jkr129310 dager siden