Volkswagen make some of the most reliable cars in the world and their best hatchback has been the Volkswagen Golf. The new Volkswagen Golf 2017 has been give a facelift making it look more modern and in line with modern trends. It has also been given some changes under the hood like better fuel economy, more range of engines to choose from and a much better infotainment system. The overall look is much better with smooth contours and a more defined shape making it look a lot sharper and aggressive.
The interior has been upgraded and will now be offered the option of ‘Active Info Display’ across the range similar to that of Audis and other executive saloons.
Every Golf will get a colour central dashboard screen of at least 6.5 inches in size, and the resolution of that display is double that of the most basic (black and white) system in the existing car.
The existing 6.5-inch screen-based systems move up to eight inches, while the range-topping Discover Pro set-up grows from eight inches to 9.2 inches, and from 800×480 pixels to 1280×640 pixels. Discover Pro also brings voice commands and, in what VW claims is a first for this size of car, gesture control for some of its key functions. The system itself also gets a software upgrade, with a configurable homepage and the ability to swipe through items like album covers.
You can option it to self-drive in stop/start traffic up to 37mph. This ‘Traffic Jam Assist’ relies on the lane departure warning system to keep the car in lane, with the odd input of automatic counter steer, and the Active Cruise Control to accelerate or brake to maintain safe distance from the car in front.
Other upgrades in connectivity include a wireless charging facility for compatible smartphones, an interface that allows phones and tablets to connect to the car and control its infotainment system away from the dashboard (from the rear seats, for example), and a series of new apps that sit alongside Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Volkswagen golf comes with a few engine options like the 1.5litre turbocharged petrol with 148bhp and there is a turbocharged 2.0 litre with 227bhp. It may also a mild hybrid petrol engine with a small electric motor to improve fuel economy but more will be clear closer to release day.
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