The new 2017 Volkswagen Golf epitomizes on interior refinement, performance, and comfort. Other highlights for 2017 include smartphone app integration, a powerful and fuel-efficient engine, a versatile and spacious interior, a new touchscreen interface, and excellent crash test scores. Its release date should be expected sometime during the second half of next year.
Volkswagen has vastly improve the new Golf, especially in terms of the tech features offered. The base comes fitted with a five-inch touchscreen display, while the rest get MirrorLink, Android Auto, and CarPlay smartphone integration systems. Additionally advanced safety features such as blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, lane departure mitigation and warning, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, and automated parallel/perpendicular parking systems have been offered.
It has carried on the evolutionary styling that debuted last year. And although traditional sedans like the Passat and Jetta may be more popular in the U.S, the Golf has proven once again that it’s the VW’s bread and butter for global markets. The Golf has managed to become of the best-selling Volkswagen brand in the forty years or so it has been on the world stage.
Things remain unaltered beneath its hood, with the 1.8L turbocharged engine rated at 170 hp and 199 lbs. ft. of torque being the new base engine. It is energetic and feels more stable on the road thanks to the myriad of changes its suspension has had.
Interior wise, the first thing that one notices is the easier ingress, and once inside, once cannot help but notice the carefully crafted dashboard design with easy to use climate and audio controls. The seats are supportive and comfortable, and the cabin in general looks and feels premium.
Some of the features and accessories available on the new 2017 Volkswagen Golf include leather/leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, LED headlights and taillights, and an upgraded touchscreen interface. More features can now be found on the Driver Assistance package.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf’s standing has further been boosted in its category. But even so, it’s always wise to check what its competition offers. Some of them include the fun-to-drive 2017 Mazda 3. It also offers plenty of impressive standard features and laudable fuel economy ratings but comes short on interior space. The 2017 Kia Forte SX might be more expensive, but it offers lots of value.
Finally, you can check out the 2017 Ford Focus. It offers top-drawer interior materials, and a refined driving experience.
Offered Trims – 2017 Volkswagen Golf
Four major trim levels are offered for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf: base, S, SE, and SEL trim models. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Sportwagen TSI S, Sportwagen Alltrack TDI, Cabriolet, and R models are offered in separate reviews.
Exterior Changes & 2017 Volkswagen Golf Interior Review
Standard accessories and features available for the base Golf include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, cruise control, 15” alloy wheels, a USB port, auxiliary audio jack, adjustable manual front seats, air conditioning, hill-hold assist, heated mirrors, a 5” touchscreen display, an eight-speaker sound system, a cooled glovebox, full power accessories, and a cloth upholstery.
Upscale equipment and features available for the top trims include an adjustable eight-way power driver seat, 18” wheels, interior LED reading and ambient lighting, a navigation system, 18” alloy wheels, sport front seats, LED daytime running lights, xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning and mitigation, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, an automated parallel parking sensors, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, and a blind-spot monitoring.
Colors, optional packages, and standalone items are still under wraps for now but we expect the details sooner that its release sate.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Engine Specs
Under the hood of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf is a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.8L engine good for 170 horsepower and 199 pounds-feet of torque. This power is then taken up by the standard five-speed manual transmission system to the wheels. You can also opt for the optional six-speed automatic that is exclusive for the S, SE, and SEL models.
EPA projects the automatic-equipped model to return 36/25/29 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 37/25/30 mpg with the manual.
The Golf SEL, according to Volkswagen should take only 7.8 seconds from a 0-60 mph acceleration. This is slightly slower than the high-performance Golf R with dcc and navigation model, but a bit faster than the Golf R400 model.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Release Date & Price
As of this writing, the R release date isn’t known, but that for the regular Golf is set for the second half of next year. The Golf hatchback should be expected to feature an MSRP starting from $18,495.