Compact hatchbacks are now a rare sight on the road, but if you find a stoic model whizz passing you, there is more of a chance that it was the 2020 Volkswagen Golf. It still makes a solid choice for those who aren’t really convinced with the crossover concept or don’t practically need it right now.
2020 Year Lineup Details
All the Seaside Volkswagen dealerships with whom we had our survey done, were of the same opinion that the 2020 Volkswagen Golf stands ahead of the other models in the segment of compact cars because of all the right reasons.
Some of them confided to us that Volkswagen has shrunk the 2020 lineup of Golf from a full-fledged 18-hole lineup to a short three step staircase, as the automaker is busy making some major changes to the Golf series for the upcoming year 2021.
So, now for 2020, the Volkswagen Golf series queues up as Golf, Golf GTI, and e-Golf models, with some better safety score and other technology equipment. So we don’t see the earlier Golf R, SportWagen and Alltrack wagon trims this year, though the automaker spares the Golf Value Edition, GTI S and SE, and e-Golf SE and SEL Premium models on call.
Options Under the Hood
Coming to the powertrain options that Volkswagen keeps available for the Golf series this year is the 1.4-liter turbo-4 engine that is capable of making 147-horsepower. But there is an open option to pair it either with a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic one to shuttle the engine power mainly to the front wheels.
With this the 2020 Volkswagen Golf makes a brisk acceleration that climbs up easily to the highway ramp entry, while returning an EPA-rated 32 mpg mileage from a combined trip of city and highway speed that deserves an applause.
Raising to the next higher trims like Golf GTI will change the scenario under the hood, where a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine making 228-hp, teaming again either with the standard 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
What makes this higher powertrain still better is the limited-slip front differential that works really well to keep the acceleration tone high while making every handling gesture linear and engaging.
Both the kinds of powertrains ensure that every ride in the base Golf soft and luxurious cutting its level above its own standard norms. Remember this is one of the major reasons why the 2020 Volkswagen Golf survives so well in the market of family car, in the face of the tough competition thrown by the crossovers.
The e-Golf on the other hand crosses 125 miles of range with its all-electric power. though it might not pose a threat to the more powerful electric cars of other brands, can deliver a quick and silent ride that is appreciated by all. Drivers whom we met at the Volkswagen dealer near Seaside say all you need for this is access to Level 3 chargers that can charge the E-Golf by 80 percent in about an hour.