Building on the already high profile of the versatile, practical and innovative Golf, Volkswagen have upped the ante with an even more high-tech version of the track-inspired favourite.
Breaking the mould for compact cars, the new Golf will feature gesture control in its impressive technology line-up, with class-leading infotainment displayed on a 12.3-inch colour screen. The “Discover Pro” system is an absolute cornerstone for the segment, changing the game for how small cars are perceived in an increasingly competitive market.
The update will spread across the 2 and 4-door Golf as well as the Golf GTI, Golf GTE and Golf Variant; a new range of online services will significantly widen the depth of information available in the on-board infotainment system, with “Guide & Inform” as well as “Security & Service” features included with navigation packages.
Safety and convenience is consistently paramount in the Golf, which is testified by a wealth of new driver assistance systems; Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist will be available for the first time, allowing for partially automated driving in tedious traffic conditions and emergency braking for split-second reaction to hazards in the form of both pedestrians and other vehicles.
Both powerful and efficient, a range of new TSI engines will also make their debut in the Golf; the 1.5 TSI Evo with 110 Kw/150 PS with Active Cylinder Management will be unveiled for the first time, while the Golf GTI will enjoy the added brawn of the 169 Kw/230 PS in its standard model. The elite GTI Performance version will be even more substantial, featuring 180 kw/245 PS. In turn, a revamped 7-speed DSG gearbox will replace all 6-speed variants.
On the exterior, the Golf will experience even more upgrades. Newly-designed front and rear bumpers and full LED tail lights will be available across the board, while animated indicators are a welcome extra at the top end of the model spectrum. In addition, all 2017 Golf and Golf Variants will replace their Xenon headlights with full LED, for ultimate clarity even in poor conditions.
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