2017 Volkswagen Golf

 
2017 Volkswagen Golf
 
2017 Volkswagen Golf
 

2017 Volkswagen Golf

MSRP 
$20,715
Invoice 
$19,919
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 36 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.8 L Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4, 170 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

Few cars have the staying power or instant recognition of the Volkswagen Golf, and the seventh-generation Golf picks up right where its predecessor left off -- with even more to like. As a leader in the busy hatchback segment, the Golf is loaded with standard features, excellent ergonomics and plenty of practical space for passengers and cargo. Turbocharged power gives the Golf 1.8T plenty of pep. The GTI is a perennially lauded "hot hatch," with the Golf R taking it even further up the performance ladder. Two wagon options add incredible versatility, and the all-electric e-Golf is as economical as they come. Overall, the VW Golf family offers tremendous value and flexibility for anyone interested in owning one.

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What's New For 2017

The Volkswagen Golf undergoes a few changes for 2017. For starters, all 2-door variants are no longer available, leaving only 4-door hatchbacks and wagons. Speaking of, another wagon, the Alltrack, joins the lineup. It is equipped with VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Finally, Golf model naming conventions have been streamlined, with SE and SEL trims replaced by the Wolfsburg Edition. The GTI, meanwhile, adds a Sport trim to its range.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating:

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Unselected Includes: Above rear window $400 $500
Unselected Includes: frameless, auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass and HomeLink garage door opener $270 $325
Unselected Includes: set of 4 MojoMats w/logo and heavy duty trunk liner w/CarGo Blocks $185 $235
Unselected Includes: set of 4 Monster mats w/logo and heavy duty trunk liner w/CarGo Blocks $185 $235
Unselected Includes: set of 4 MojoMats w/logo $100 $130
Unselected Includes: For securing items in the cargo area $80 $100
Unselected Includes: booster cables, warning triangle, LED flashlight, multi-tool, work gloves, PVC tape, blanket, poncho, whistle, cable ties and bandages $65 $85
Unselected Includes: Set of 2 $200 $240
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Specifications for 2017 Volkswagen Golf

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Vw Car-Net Emergency S.O.S
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Side Curtain Protection Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Integrated Roof Diversity Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Composition Media w/6.5" Touchscreen -inc: AM/FM/HD radio and CD player w/USB input and aux-in, 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity and SiriusXM satellite radio (limited-time trial subscription)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 15" Lyon Alloy
    • Tires: P195/65R15 AS
    • Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Black Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Interior Features
    • Comfort Front Seats -inc: manually adjustable front seats w/manual lumbar support and power recline
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Vw Car-Net Selective Service Internet Access
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Seating Surfaces
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Rigid Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Immobilizer III Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • 60-Amp/Hr 480CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 140 Amp Alternator
    • 4123# Gvwr 1021# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 3.39 Axle Ratio
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual w/Hill Hold Control
    • Engine: 1.8T 4 Cylinder Turbocharged

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 22.8
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 52.7
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 480
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.8 L/110
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 170 @ 4500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 184 @ 1600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 103.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 167.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.8
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.2
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.8
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 93.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.9
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 36
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Volkswagen Golf
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P195/65HR15
    • Front Tire Size - P225/40HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P195/65HR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/40HR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.78
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.12
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.27
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.87
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.66
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.60
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.39
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2963
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 6
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Introduction

The Volkswagen Golf sets the standard for its class. New to the lengthy lineup is the 2017 Golf Alltrack wagon. Based on the Golf SportWagen, the Alltrack has standard 4Motion all-wheel drive and an extra half-inch of ground clearance. All-wheel drive now is available for the 2017 Golf SportWagen S as well. Also new is the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Wolfsburg Edition positioned above the Golf S.

Turning to the sporty GTI, entry-level S models now have plaid cloth upholstery rather than imitation leather. Sport trim level is new for 2017. 2017 Golf Sport, Autobahn, and SE versions now include the Performance Package, which boosts engine output to 220 horsepower.

Last redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Golf group consists of two- and four-door hatchbacks, sporty GTIs, and a pair of wagons, plus the battery-powered e-Golf. Diesel-engine models are gone, in the wake of the emissions-testing scandal that was uncovered in 2015.

Base engine is a turbocharged 1.8-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard in some trim levels, with 6-speed automatic transmission optional. All-wheel-drive SportWagens and Alltracks may have either a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic or a 6-speed manual.

In the GTI, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine produces 210 horsepower (220 hp with Performance Package), mating with the 6-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic. We lean toward the dual-clutch unit, which yields precise, crisp shifts. That GTI easily does double-duty, serving well as both a performance car and a daily commuter.

Strongest of all is the 2.0-liter turbo four in the Golf R, generating 292 horsepower, with Haldex all-wheel drive. Golf R and GTI models may be fitted with adjustable dampers, aimed at fine-tuning the car’s responses.

Safety is a strong point. In crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Golf earned a five-star overall score, but four-star for frontal collision and rollover protection. When equipped with advanced safety features, the Golf was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with Good scores in every crash-test. Active-safety features are standard on the Wolfsburg Edition and GTI Autobahn, and optional for other upper trim levels.

Lineup

Golf S ($19,895) has cloth upholstery, 5-inch touchscreen audio, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity, manual shift, 15-inch wheels. Four-door models include steering wheel-mounted controls and a rearview camera. A panoramic sunroof is available, and an automatic transmission ($1,100). (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination.) Golf Wolfsburg Edition ($21,595) comes with heated leatherette seats, keyless ignition, 16-inch wheels, forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and rain-sensing wipers. Available with automatic ($1,100). For 2017, Golf SE and SEL trim levels are sold only to order.

Golf SportWagen S ($21,580) is equipped similar to S hatchback, with available all-wheel drive ($2,250). SportWagen SE ($27,030) comes standard with automatic transmission, plus a sunroof and foglamps. SportWagen SEL ($29,970) has automatic plus active safety features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring.

Alltrack S ($25,850) rides slightly higher than a SportWagen, with all-wheel drive and body cladding. Active safety features are available. Manual gearbox is standard, automatic transmission optional ($1,100). Alltrack SE ($29,430) adds a sunroof and keyless entry/start. Alltrack SEL ($32,890) has automatic transmission, power front seats, automatic climate control, and navigation.

Golf GTI S ($25,595), the only two-door GTI model, comes with the 210-horsepower 2.0-liter engine, a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, foglamps, and air conditioning.

GTI Sport ($27,995) includes a Performance Package (220 horsepower), keyless entry, and pushbutton start. GTI SE ($30,890) has leather seating surfaces and a sunroof. GTI Autobahn ($34,095) includes a power driver’s seat, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Golf R ($35,655) is similar to GTI, but with performance upgrades that include the 292-horsepower engine, all-wheel drive, and a stiffer suspension. Golf R is available with navigation and dynamic chassis control, which aims to minimize harshness and road noise ($39,375).

Walkaround

Styling is unabashedly conservative; perhaps even old-fashioned and straight-laced. Practicality, not stunning beauty, is the Golf’s forte.

Standing apart from the regular Golf, the GTI maintains a more assertive stance with its lowered sport suspension, brandishing such details as LED taillights, red brake calipers, a rear diffuser, distinctive side skirts, and 17-inch Brooklyn wheels.

Also establishing its own identity is the new Alltrack, fitted with lower-body cladding, foglamps, a honeycomb grille, and unique bumpers.

Interior

Stepping inside the Golf, the comparatively prosaic body is likely to be forgotten, overridden by a spacious, functional cabin. Hard surfaces abound in the base model, though material quality is reasonably good. The simple, straightforward layout is strictly driver-focused. For instance, the center stack leans toward the driver, who faces hooded gauges.

Upper trim levels use better-quality materials, with the same layout. Base models get a 5-inch touchscreen, while upper trim levels feature a 6.5-inch screen. Volkswagen provides good infotainment systems, too.

Front seats are class-leading. Highly supportive, they adjust easily to accommodate a variety of body types and sizes. Rear occupants may find space a little tight, but getting into and out of the back seat isn’t an ordeal at all. We recommend cloth seats rather than the too-rubbery standard leatherette.

Cargo volume in the Golf hatchback totals 22.8 cubic feet behind the back seats. Pull the quick-release latches to lower the seatbacks, and you have 52.7 cubic feet. SportWagens, built on a longer wheelbase, offer even more cargo space: 30.4 cubic feet behind the seat, and 66.5 with seatbacks folded. Seatbacks don’t fold completely flat.

GTI and Golf R models feature a sport-type steering wheel, performance-aimed instrument cluster, and special gearshift knob. Sport seats in the GTI have a tartan pattern. Red ambient lighting, stainless steel pedals, and a black headliner are standard.

Driving Impressions

Handling and drivability are the Golf’s top merits. Overall, the Golf’s comportment is more serious than its price structure might suggest. Even the practical but competent base models handle quite well. Though a basic Golf blends comfort with sport, it cannot stay as flat while cornering as a Mazda3. However, VW’s compact feels more at home with everyday driving, yielding an absorbent ride and smoother responses.

Even the base 1.8-liter powertrain performs well, though the long strokes needed to shift the manual transmission sap some of the pleasure. Most drivers are likely to be happy with the automatic. Any turbo lag is essentially imperceptible. Road noise is minimal.

Stepping up in performance and handling, the GTI provides a delightful balance between practicality and fun. Gear changes within the 6-speed automatic are neatly-timed and crisp, while the GTI’s manual gearbox has better feel than the base 5-speed. Progressive steering and a performance-tuned suspension make the GTI more satisfying to drive at higher speeds.

The hot Golf R gets a big boost, to 292 horsepower, along with more aggressive suspension tuning. Excellent road grip with all-wheel drive helps make the Golf R a solid competitor to Subaru’s WRX STI. Four driving modes (Comfort, Normal, Race, and Individual) affect the powertrain, steering, and ride quality.

Both the SportWagen and new Alltrack promise a smooth, polished driving experience. Despite the Alltrack’s slightly higher stance and all-wheel drive, plus an Off-Road Mode, off-pavement ability is only mildly improved.

All Golfs are acceptably fuel-efficient. Models with the base 1.8-liter and manual transmission are EPA-rated at 25/36 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. Automatic drops the highway estimate to 35 mpg.

Wagons with the 6-speed dual-clutch automatic are EPA-rated at 25/34 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. GTI models manage 24/34 mpg City/Highway with manual, and 24/32 mpg with automatic. The Golf R is EPA-rated at 22/31 mpg City/Highway with manual, and 23/30 mpg with automatic.

Summary

Styling might be too conservative for some tastes, but lack of visual stimulation is easily outweighed by the Golf’s admirable performance and strong safety record. Carefully-planned interiors provide plenty of cargo space. Overall, Volkswagen’s compact, whether hatchback or wagon, is among the most refined cars in its category.

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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