This ticks every single box where the Golf VIII fails miserably. And all at the same price, if not lower. The new Golf is not worth considering now, This belongs to larger sedans though, not compact cars...which adds salt to the wound. So, unless you are in need of a smaller car, that makes the comparison a no-brainer.
Since it will compete in a different segment, the comparison is not really fair. For me, the smaller size (18cm less than my current car!) plays in its favour. mostly when boot size and habitability is similar.
Myself, i think this is much sportier than the previous gen, and i don't really care if it's a re-skin or not. It probably is in terms of platform, but certainly not in terms of drivetrain.