Future of the Standard Volkswagen Golf in the United States
Though its not as zippy as the performance-oriented Golf GTI or Golf R, the standard Volkswagen Golf has a storied history and an enduring base of dedicated fans. This model continues to be a terrific value, bringing delectable Volkswagen styling to a highly practical, endearingly fuel-efficient machine.
However, while we’ve been hearing an array of exciting news about the upcoming Mk8 models of the Golf GTI and Golf R, things have been rather silent regarding an eighth-generation Golf. Is Volkswagen discontinuing the standard Golf?
While the Volkswagen Golf is not being discontinued worldwide, it will not be offered in the United States after the 2021 model year. As the eighth generation of the Volkswagen Golf family kicks into action, VW will only offer the sprightly Golf GTI and high-performance Golf R in the U.S. The 2021 model is the final incarnation of the Mark 7, or seventh-generation, base Golf.
Does an eighth generation of the standard Volkswagen Golf exist?
Yes, the eight-generation Volkswagen Golf is currently out in Europe, but is not confirmed for the United States. It is theoretically possible that Volkswagen could change their mind and bring the model to the U.S. in the future. As of now, however, there appear to be no stated plans to do so.
Why is Volkswagen not selling the redesigned Golf in the United States?
We theorize that Volkswagen is declining to bring its Mk8 Golf to the U.S. because Americans are not particularly into using hatchbacks as daily drivers. The market simply has an enduring obsession with SUVs. Individuals who opt for a hatch over an SUV are more likely to be drawn in by performance-oriented machines such as the Golf GTI and Golf R, the eighth generations of which are soon making their way to our shores to the tune of generous fanfare.
What’s new on the 2021 Volkswagen Golf?
Though the 2021 Golf is the last one we’ll get in the U.S. for the foreseeable future, VW has still seen fit to send it off with a few nice upgrades. Newly standard features include 16-inch wheels, passive hands-free entry and push-button start, leatherette upholstery and a panoramic sunroof. It only comes in one trim level, so the only big choice buyers have to make is whether they want it outfitted with a manual transmission or eight-speed automatic. Individuals can also opt for various dealer-installed accessories.