Four years after its initial launch, Volkswagen has officially given the seventh-generation Golf its mid-cycle update for 2017. Sporting new LED lighting front and back, subtle exterior revisions, along with new features, Volkswagen aims to make the 2017 Golf deliver a sharper design that's paired with the brand's latest technologies.
Beginning with the exterior, high-end models now come LED headlights, replacing the previous HID units. Meanwhile, a new lower chrome strip on the grill now extends towards the LED daytime running lights for a cleaner look. At the back, all variants of the 2017 Golf are now equipped with LED taillights for better illumination. Completing the exterior redesign are the new chrome-plated exhaust pipes.
Inside, the 2017 Golf can be fitted with a new 12.3-inch instrument panel that can display the gauges, points of interests, navigation and other relevant driver information. Over to infotainment, a new Discover Pro system also makes its way inside the Golf and is channeled through a 9.2-inch touchscreen. Other than that, the new infotainment system also supports gesture control and voice command. Supported media and audio/video sources, on the other hand, include: DVD, digital radio, two USB ports, two SD card slots, Aux, 10GB SSD drive and smartphone mirroring with wireless charging.
Over to engines, the base model is now powered by a 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine that produces 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. It comes with Active Cylinder Management (ACM) and has a claimed average fuel consumption of 20.4 km/l.
There is even a lesser version of the 1.5-liter mill which only produces 130 PS but comes with an 'automatic coasting' function. It works by shutting off the engine when the driver releases their foot from the accelerator.
The more powerful GTI model gets a slight power boost as well as the 2.0-liter lump now puts out 230 PS (+10 PS more). Meanwhile, the top-of-the-range GTI Performance now generates 245 PS.
To help further reduce C02 emissions, it gets a new 7-speed dual clutch (DSG) which will gradually replace all of the 6-speed DSGs in all Golf variants in the near future.
As far as safety features are concerned, Volkswagen installed the following on the 2017 Golf; traffic jam assist, pedestrian monitoring which works with front assist and emergency city braking, trailer assist, lane keep assist and the Emergency Assist which can immediately stop the car should the driver fail to take action.
Other driver aids like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, park assist, reverse camera and auto-dimming rearview mirrors can be fitted on the 2017 Golf as well.