2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Price, specs and release date

Matt Rigby
July 24, 2019

A new Golf is coming, which means a new Volkswagen Golf GTI is on the way, too. Here is everything you need to know about the latest version of the world-famous Volkswagen hot hatch.

  • Specs include

    255hp and 290hp versions

  • Price

    summer 2020

  • Release date

    est. £33,500

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI price and release date 

Expect the Golf GTI to cost somewhere around £33,000 when it arrives in showrooms towards the end of 2020. A higher-performance TCR version is likely to cost a couple of thousand pounds more.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI engines and performance 

There’s no confirmation from Volkswagen on what engine will power the new GTI, but it’s likely to be a revised version of the current car’s turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, possibly with an integrated electric motor to boost low-end performance and improve fuel efficiency.

The basic Golf GTI will get 255hp but, for those after still more performance, an even hotter version will be available with 290hp. That’s expected to get the TCR badge currently found on the hardcore two-seat Golf GTI and will be enough to get the car from 0-60mph in 5.5 secs. Both versions of the new car will get either a six-speed manual or Volkswagen’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Extra kit available on the TCR version will include a limited-slip differential, which should give the Golf better acceleration out of tight corners, and bigger, more effective brakes.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI styling 

The car in these pictures, spotted undergoing final development testing at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, sports a swirly camouflage vinyl wrap, but the distinctive Golf lines are clear. So, too, are the chunky bumpers front and rear, sporty side skirts, a roof spoiler and the honeycomb grille on the nose.

Changes compared with the current car include slim LED headlights with W-shaped daytime running lights. You can also expect to see a red trimmed-honeycomb grille with a GTI badge and a sporty front bumper underneath it, though that’s all largely hidden by the camo wrap here.

Those muscular looks carry over to the sides of the car where you’ll find blistered wheel arches, big alloy wheels with uprated brakes. You’ll also spot this car’s low ride height. Evident, in these hard-charging cornering shots, as the wheel tops dip into their arches.

Around the back of the GTI you can see a subtle rear bumper and a glimpse of the car’s new-look LED tail lights, which will likely be slimmer than the current car’s. As before, you get a single (real) exhaust pipe on both sides of the car.

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI interior 

The new GTI’s biggest asset, however, will likely be its everyday usability. Based on the upcoming new Golf, you can expect it to get a significant infotainment upgrade over the current model – complete with a voice activation system like the Apple Siri or Amazon Alexa you can have at home. 

The interior of the current Golf GTI TCR hot hatchback

Interior space will also increase, to keep the Golf a size larger than the ballooning VW Polo. As a result, you can expect to get slightly more rear legroom and a tad more boot room than the already spacious current version.

Will it be enough to maintain the GTI’s status as the hot-hatch for discerning buyers? Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait another year – when the car’s expected to launch – to find out.  

Keep an eye on the carwow news pages for more on the new Golf GTI when we have it.