The invention of the hatchback is too a large extent credited
to Volkswagen. Volkswagen invented the hatchback over four
decades ago and despite the milestones accomplished in the
industry, the automaker has barely altered its shape. The Golf
brand continues to set standards in this segment. The
Golf has grown to include two-door hatchbacks, 4-door
hatchbacks, sporty hatchbacks and for the first time a wagon
hooked up with AWD as standard. The new addition is dubbed the
Alltrack”. Ideally, it is a Golf SportWagen with a taller
suspension and VW’s 4Motion AWD system. The system diverts up
to 50% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels when front
wheels start slipping. Except for the AllTrack, the Golf lineup
continues almost unchanged from the 2016 lineup. The 2017
Volkswagen Golf has some good ratings in terms of safety and
performance across all trims, not forgetting a well-trimmed
cabin with plenty of cargo space for a car its size.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Exterior
Although the exterior has not changed very much, traditional
fans will have a hard time getting used to the new changes,
which are more evolutionary than revolutionary.
At the front, the Golf gets LED headlights for all trims as
standard features. LED DRLs have also been revised. A closer
look will also indicate that the front bumper has been revised
slightly. The bumper is integrated with air ducts that channel
cooling air to the engine and brakes. In addition, the air
ducts create an impression that the car’s width is wider than
it actually is. For extra refinement, the front fascia
features a wide strip of chrome that starts from the headlight
clusters and stretches across the grille. The line is painted
blue on the GTE Plug-in and red on the GTI while on the fully
electric e-Golf, the blue strips combines with a closed-off
Volkswagen has done away with the not so attractive black box
that held the radar and sensors for the automatic EBS and
adaptive cruise control systems. The radar and sensors are now
concealed behind the VW badge. The rear end features minor
changes. All models get LED taillights along with dynamic
indicators that appear to “sweep” across the light clusters in
the direction indicated by the driver. VW uses this same system
on the latest Audi models.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Interior
Most changes on the new Golf have taken place on the inside.
The automaker has added new technologies to make various
features easily accessible. For example, the automaker has
added gesture controls which use cameras and sensors to
interpret various hand signals to control the infotainment
system, climate system settings and the sunroof.
The gestures control feature is however available on models
equipped with the advanced Discover Pro infotainment system
which feature a 9.2-inch touch-screen mounted on the dash. The
system is standard on the e-Golf. In fact, the Golf is the
first mainstream family hatchback to use this kind of advanced
technology, which goes a long way to show the strong
credentials of the Golf. Such features have been a
preserve for luxury sedans and SUVs.
Connectivity has also been given top priority on the Golf
lineup. On-board internet, wireless phone charging,
Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink are standard. A Media
Control app is also available to enable passengers to control
some aspects of the infotainment system. The automaker also
offers the Virtual Cockpit similar to ones used in Audis as an
option. The system, which is dubbed Active Info Display, allows
information display on a 12.3-inch TFT screen.
In addition to the numerous technologies, the automaker also
features a range of driver assistance systems such as traffic
jam assist available on models with DSG dual-clutch, lane
keeping assist, adaptive cruise control (the three system work
together to maneuver the car automatically in stop-go traffic).
The Golf also features an Emergency Assist system, which is
capable of automatically bringing the car to a halt under
certain circumstances such as when the driver is incapacitated
at the wheel. It brings the car to a managed stop if the driver
fails to make any inputs.
Engine specs and performance
Under the hood, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf is offered with a
choice for two drive-trains. However, the engines are tweaked
to produce varying amounts of power output. The base models
will be powered b a 1.8 L, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that
produces 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The mill is paired
with the automaker’s 6-speed automatic transmission
system. A 5-speed manual gearbox is optional on some
For more power, VW offers a turbocharged 2.0 L engine, which
adds 40 hp or 50 hp depending on the trim chosen. The engine is
paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed dual
clutch transmission system. The GTI is hooked up with this
version of the mill. However, if this power is not enough for
you, the same engine is tweaked to produce 292 hp on the Golf
R. The engine on the Golf R is paired with a Haldex AWD system
for better performance. In addition, Golf GTI and Golf R
feature adjustable dampers that fine-tune response.
The lineup will also feature a hybrid and fully-electric
drive-trains. Details on these environment-friendly
drive-trains is yet to be released by the automaker.
Price and release date
Pricing details for the entire lineup has not been released.
However, don’t expect the prices to vary significantly from
that of the outgoing models. The base Golf has an MSRP of
$22,480. Expect the price to exceed $30,000 for top-of
the-range trims. The models will go on sale early next year.