Segment: Compact
NEXT STAGE: Redesign in 2021

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf arrives in the U.S. in the fourth quarter, but only in the form of the higher-end GTI and R. The redesigned GTI sports a retuned version of the current car's turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine. Two transmissions are available: a six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

NEXT STAGE: Freshen in 2025

The GTI and R would be due for a midcycle freshening in 2025, under the brand's traditional product cadence.

2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
VW Arteon Reengineering in 2021 VW ID4 Reengineering in 2022 VW Atlas/Atlas Cross Sport Freshen in 2023 VW ID Aero New in 2024 VW Golf GTI/R Freshen in 2025
VW Golf GTI/R Redesign in 2021 VW ID Buzz New in 2023 VW Arteon End in 2024 VW ID4 Freshen in 2025
VW Tiguan Freshen in 2021 VW Midsize pickup New in 2024
VW Passat End in 2021 VW Tiguan Redesign in 2024
VW Jetta/Jetta GLI Freshen in 2024?
VW Taos Freshen in 2024