Volkswagen Golf Mk7 facelift – complete guide

VW hopes a thorough refresh for its ageing Mk7 Golf will keep this practical hatchback competitive until it’s replaced by an all-new Mk8 model in 2017. A number of cosmetic tweaks and a heavily revised interior are on the cards when this facelifted car is launched in early November 2016.

Before this updated version goes on sale, many VW dealers may be keen to offer progressively bigger discounts on the outgoing model – view these offers on our VW Golf deals page or check out our car chooser tool if you’re not sure what to buy.

The R Touch Concept’s interior, shown here, is expected to inspire the new Golf’s cabin…

VW has confirmed the updated Golf will receive high-tech features borrowed from the Golf R Touch concept, shown above. An advanced 12.8-inch infotainment system will replace the outgoing car’s 6.5-inch unit and will reportedly boast new gesture controls – a first in the family hatchback segment.

Numerous sensors dotted around the Golf’s cabin will monitor specific hand movements and alter the stereo volume, change the heater temperature and even open the sunroof accordingly.

This new tech has given VW the opportunity to rid the Golf of as many physical controls and knobs as possible. An almost button-less cabin will give the new car a modern paired-back feel but could make some features tricky to use on the move.

A new 9.5-inch digital display will replace analogue instruments on the upcoming Golf’s dashboard. This feature – expected to be standard on range-topping cars – will allow you to quickly switch between viewing conventional dials, sat nav directions and various vehicle info in a similar manner to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system.

New VW Golf Mk7 facelift price and release date

No official prices have been announced for the upcoming Golf facelift but we expect details to be released when the car is revealed in early November 2016. The raft of new tech on offer could make it slightly more expensive across the range than the outgoing car. As a result, we expect the new Golf to cost at least £18,000 for entry-level cars while range-topping models could cost close to £30,000.

Save money on your new VW Golf

Before this new car goes on sale you’ll find significant discounts on the outgoing model on our VW Golf deals page. If you’re not sure what to buy, read our list fo the 10 best small cars currently on sale or check out our car chooser tool to help narrow down your search.

New VW Golf MK7 facelift – complete guide (updated August 2016)

The current Volkswagen Golf is a common sight on UK roads – as familiar to modern motorists as a traffic jam or a monster pothole. Leaked images, courtesy of, show a facelifted model that should keep the ageing hatchback looking fresh until an all-new mk8 model arrives in 2017.

These grainy pictures show the new car in a number of different guises – from a rather plain Golf Estate to a full-fat GTI hot hatch. Read on for everything we know so far…

The new Golf (right) looks remarkably similar to the outgoing model (left)…

Immediately obvious are the new Golf’s revised headlights with their distinctive C-shaped inserts – these redesigned units could now be fitted with LED technology. The car’s basic silhouette remains unchanged but the front bumper has lost its body-coloured central hoop in favour of a full-width air intake between the fog lights. The Golf Estate boasts similar styling tweaks but its boxy body appears otherwise identical to the current model.

This particularly pixelated image suggests the new Golf’s rear will sport two large exhaust tips and a pair of large red reflectors mounted on a more angular rear bumper. Neither its subtle rear spoiler nor large rear windscreen have been altered, however.

The GTI will benefit from a number of cosmetic nips and tucks, too. The black trim pieces beside its gaping mouth will be made more pronounced and its headlights will feature curvy red detailing to match the stripe across its grille. Chunky side skirts, large alloy wheels and plentiful GTI badging will complete the hot hatch’s new look.

When it goes on sale, we expect this new Golf to be offered with the same selection of efficient 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines and 1.0 and 1.4-litre petrol units as the current model. Extra equipment – including a digital instrument display and gesture control – will be offered across the Golf range, however.

Save money on your new Volkswagen Golf

Many dealers will be keen to clear space in their showrooms ready for this new car, and offer significant discounts on the outgoing model as a result. View these great deals using our Volkswagen Golf configurator. If you’re not sure what to buy, read our list of the best small cars currently on sale or check out our deals pages and car chooser tool.

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