The Golf has been a staple of the VW range for decades and has come to be a true everyman car. It has forged a name for practicality and reliability for the masses, and now this facelift model aims to take that further. Whilst once upon a time these mid-life updates were restricted to a slight tweaking of the headlights, this 2017 Volkswagen Golf extensively revises the MK7 incarnation.
Visually it is a game of “spot the difference” but the keen eyed amongst you will have already seen the more pronounced grills and intakes. More intricate LED lights sit below a moderately re-profiled bonnet. A new rear bumper and alloy wheel design complete the external changes.
Inside there are more dramatic alterations to be found with the inclusion of a new 9.2 inch touchscreen display. This houses many new connectivity features and also utilises gesture control in top specification, a first for this class. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are integrated. VW’s version of the Audi virtual cockpit can also be optioned in place of the standard instrument cluster.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf offers a wide range of engine options as it did before, however VW has yet to reveal them in full. The one engine they did talk about is their new 1.5 litre petrol unit. A variable turbine and intelligent cylinder management claims reduced consumption and increased efficiency. The most potent figures from this engine are 148 BHP and 164lb ft of torque. Its most efficient guise claims 57.7 MPG. In addition a new 7 speed dual clutch gearbox will replace the outgoing 6 speed.
A quick footnote on the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI came in the form of a 10 BHP bump for the standard model, and a total output of 242 BHP for the GTI Performance. No word yet on the R.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf, but we do know that is goes on sale April next year as a hatchback and estate.