The Volkswagen Golf has been a part of VW’s global line up since 1974 – over forty years in total; that’s a pretty long lasting model.
This is mainly thanks to its practical nature, solid looks, excellent build quality and German engineering reputation – the Golf’s just never seem to break, going on for hundreds of thousands of miles when looked after; 300,000 + miles isn’t unheard of (without any major mechanical malfunction).
Today, Volkswagen are busy repairing their reputation; the diesel emission scandal has really knocked a hole out of their business, but let’s be clear on this, certainly until VW were caught cheating, massaging the figures (be that fuel, economy or power) has been around since the invention of the automobile.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Release date
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf is available in your local Volkswagen showroom now.
2017 Volkswagen Golf release date: already available
2017 Volkswagen Golf Price
The base price (based on a 1.8T 4-door S Manual) starts at $19,895, although you could probably get one with a significant discount from that price – we wouldn’t expect to pay more than $18,000.
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2017 Volkswagen Golf Video
2017 Volkswagen Golf Redesign and Changes
Despite a raft of updates, the 2017 Golf is unmistakably all VW Golf – line up all of the generations of Golf’s and you’ll easily identify the timeline, this new Golf is no different.
Available in both 2 and 4 door hatches, along with a wagon; the Golf Alltrack – essentially a Golf SportWagen with taller suspension and all-wheel drive as standard. VW claim that it has more luggage capacity than a smaller SUV.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Specs
Under the hood, we’ll see a range of different motors, all gas powered (no false diesel figures here!); 2 x inline 4-cylinder, both turbo charged, the base spec making 170 BHP and 199 lb/ft (1.8 liter), the sportier GTi has a further 40 – 50 BHP (dependent on spec) with a 2.0 liter motor and then a fire breathing 292 BHP Turbo4.
Transmissions range from a 5 speed manual through to 6 speed manual and a 6 speed dual clutch auto, again, all dependent on which particular model you buy and how many dollars you hand over. Speaking of options … adjustable and active damping is available as an option of standard on the higher spec versions.
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As you may expect, the cabin is fitted with high quality trim – yes it’s plastic, but it just seems a much better grade of interior than you’d expect from a domestic model.
A 5” touchscreen audio system is standard, as is USB connectivity and Bluetooth.
2017 Volkswagen Golf Images