The German automaker has unleashed the refreshed 2017 Golf, with the mid cycle facelift bringing a raft of premieres – from a new 1.5 TSI engine featuring cylinder deactivation to a more powerful GTI.
We already saw the model leak onto the Internet just a few hours prior and now we also get the official memo. The refreshed Volkswagen Golf comes with subtle, but visible design enhancements and LED headlights instead of the previous bi-xenon system, but also a completely new developed seven speed DSG dual clutch transmission. In typical VW manner the styling continues down the evolutionary road, with the most visible changes being operated to the front end where there’s a stretched chrome strip on the radiator grille. The bumper has been completely reshaped and will serve as the most recognizable feature of the Mk7 facelift. The upscale models outfitted with the optional Adaptive Cruise Control ACC and/or Front Assist systems will have the radar sensor relocated to behind the VW logo – the change is on the TDI, TSI, and LNG models, as well as GTI and GTD versions.
The back’s main novelty is that every Golf version will feature full-LED taillights, but there’s also optional sweeping turn signals, a refreshed bumper, redesigned exhaust tips and new body color paints as well as alloy wheel designs. Inside the cabin, the changes are more easily noticeable – we have a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster on the optional list, taken directly from the Passat. There’s also a refreshed infotainment systems, with the flagship version Discover Pro now host to a bigger 9.2-inch, higher-resolution touchscreen and with support for the first time in the compact segment for gesture control (Discover Pro) – while other models of the brand will only get it next year. Safety is also well represented – new introductions include the Traffic Jam Assist for semi-autonomous driving, there’s protection from rear-end collisions and an Emergency Assist system can bring the car to a halt in an emergency.
Under the hood, the GTI model has a refreshed 230 hp (169 kW) version of the 2.0 TSI – while the GTI Performance has 245 hp (180 kW). The engineers have also prepared a newly developed seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Regular Golf models will get a new 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine packing 150 hp (110 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. It even has cylinder deactivation technology for a rating of 4.9 liters / 100 km in the NEDC cycle, but there’s also a BlueMotion version in development. The latter will have 130 hp (96 kW) and 147 lb-ft (200 Nm) and be good for 4.6 liters / 100 km, including an extended coasting function that will shut down the engine when the driver doesn’t step the accelerator pedal to additionally save 0.4 liters / 100 km.