This is the new 2017 Volkswagen Golf. On the outside, this is still a Mk7 Golf with minor adjustments to make it look more sporty, but on the inside a host of new technology makes this a step forward for the popular car.
Volkswagen chose to use the new Golf R-Line to show off the new range of cars, but the Golf GTI, Golf GTE and Golf Estate were all on display at the event as well. There was no sign of a Golf R model (although this is expected to be announced in March 2017).
The Golf GTE now provides 50km of emission-free driving before the engine kicks in, but the e-Golf – to be unveiled at LA Motor Show [this has now be announced, click here to read about the new e-Golf] – is touted to have up to 300km of range on a single charge. This would be a huge breakthrough for the company as it works towards its electric future in 2020.
The Golf gets a brand new four-cylinder petrol turbo engine. The 1.5-litre TSI Evo comes in 128bhp and 148bhp variants. The BlueMotion option gets over 61mpg and cuts the engine off completely while coasting thanks to a newly developed battery system for the electrical steering, braking, etc.
After something more nippy? The new Golf GTI (pictured above) now starts with 227bhp going up to 242bhp if you opt for the Performance model. Red highlights on the exterior indicate that this isn’t a regular Golf along with some sporty changes to the front bumper as well. The GTI finally gets a bump up from a six-speed to a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox
The Active Info Display, which we’ll cover in a moment, also gets graphical changes if you purchase a GTI or the GTE.
As was predicted, the Golf now has a new infotainment system called Discover Pro. The 9.2-inch screen system has a few nifty features such as improved voice control and gesture control. The latter allows you to wave your hand in front of the screen in order to play/pause, skip tracks, etc. To top it off, there’s also Apple CarPlay or Android Auto so you can control your phone using the on-screen options.
Another new feature will be familiar to Audi afficionados, the Active Info Display. This is extremely similar to Audi's Virtual Cockpit, replacing the manual dials of the instrument cluster for a sharp digital display that can show you your sat nav, call options, media controls and more.
A whole host of safety features have been built in to the car as well. This is the first Golf with automatic driving systems like Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist and the ability to recognise critical situations and react for the driver.
Prices for the new 2017 Volkswagen Golf are expected to be available in January. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on these new models.