The hood lines that they unfortunately got rid of after the Mk.IV and the C-pillar that they invented with the Mk.IV.
Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.
To me, this looks indistinguishable from a Mk7 until you have a photograph of a Mk7 beside it to be able to pick out specific differences (like the door handles being in a slightly different position with respect to the longitudinal crease in the bodywork, and the bottom of the headlights not being quite as straight, and the mirror stalk being mounted lower on the door skin). Without knowing what things to look for ... It looks the same, and I will wager that most buyers won't spot the differences, or perhaps they would see it as a minor facelift of the same car.
And, it kinda is a facelift of the same car; they're both MQB underneath.
It is difficult to judge the Mk8, based on just a few photos. My initial impression is positive.
2008 Passat 6-speed manual
2017 Tiguan 4-Motion
formerly Alpinweiss (Alpinweiß)