i quite like the rear lights but it does just look too much like all the other cars coming out at the moment, i also hate how the headlights are angular in shape but still smeared round one side of the bonnet, no front end character at all, though we should have seen that coming as soon as the mk5's headlights started creeping rearwards, it is literally like its face is being stretched back, cosmetic surgery facelift style [+o(] not impressed at all.
New modern design but just too bland and similar to everything else, new Citroen DS3 got more character than this has now!! the Mk4 was the last Golf to have a proper punching grille face, hence the obsession.
Its not that VW arent capable of producing some SEXY-looking cars in this modern era, as the new Scirocco R proved [In-love] imo, they are just playing it safe with these new designs which isnt a bad idea seeing as the Golf is the 3rd most popular car of all time!! Got to appeal to as many normal folk as possible and our enthusiast niche desires probably make up a lot less than 1% of the total demand for this car.
What VW seem to be forgetting with this design and the mk5, mk6 imo, is that the car has to be attention grabbing to stay in the public eye, and not just the GTI or R editions: if people dont notice you driving about in it, they are not gonna think of buying one, it just becomes like all the other new cars driving about- a mass of politically-correct aesthetics and eco-friendly rubbish. Where's the "pop"? wheres the charm? We shouldn't have to poor mods and bodykits onto their new design just to make it noticeable. The design elements should already be there, all we should have to do is accent them- which is exactly what we do with the Mk4's - all we do is lower it and put big alloys on to make the big flared arches a massivley noticeable feature - we didnt add the arches, they were already there! and the same applies to almost everything else we do to our Mk4's - tint the windows and smooth the boot to make the lovely boxish-yet-flowing lines jump out at you, colour code the rub strips and bumpers to make the lines flow all around the car, change tiny things on the front end to make the flat-face grille and lights really impact the viewer... all these things are ALREADY PART OF THE DESIGN, we just make them noticeable.
My point is where are the "hidden" design features on this new golf? where are the good bits for us to bring out? the flared arches are almost gone, the horrible angular shape of the front and rear clusters wrecks any flow of the lines on the sides of the car, the front bumper looks like a train wreck and i dont know what they were thinking when they decided to put a big crease line right across the boot lid...
The lines up the bonnet and maybe the sweep of the roof towards the rear are pretty much the only parts of this car i can see any point in attempting to accent, everything else is just beyond rescue imo. I mean, where would you start? You know the GTI and R is just going to have slightly different front and rear bumpers and better wheels, but the lines will still be the same = rubbish.
They need to strip it back, peel all this modern rubbish off the design, bring back the simple flowing lines and boxy design, sharpen up the corners again, stop making it so "nice". And, for God's sake, get them arches flared back out again!! Roll on the Mk8 I say, this one is just another recession-busting placebo to be swept under the rug as quickly as possible, just like the Mk6...