The updated 2017 Volkswagen Mk7 Golf has been revealed in its full glory, bringing a range of cutting-edge technologies, more fuel-efficient engines and better equipment.
Highlights include the ‘Discovery Pro’ infotainment system with gesture control, a range of online services including ‘Guide & Inform’ as well as ‘Security & Service’ for models with a navigation system and the democratization of semi-autonomous system – Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist.
As expected, the exterior rework is mild, with the new Golf getting restyled front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights for the entire range, and full-LED headlights for higher end models. There is also the obligatory new colour palette, as well as fresh alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet, an all-new 110kW/250Nm 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol engine with Active Cylinder Management makes its debut in the Golf. This will be followed by a BlueMotion version producing 96kW/200Nm. The new engine is rated at 4.9L/100km, while the BlueMotion version claims 4.6L/100km.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine in the Golf GTI has also been tweaked. It produces 169kW in the standard version and 180kW in the GTI Performance. A new 7-speed DSG will gradually replace the 6-speed DSG.
While the exterior makeover is minor, Volkswagen has spend most of its budget inside the car, with the popular hatch receiving new assistance systems, including the semi-autonomous Traffic Jam Assist, Pedestrian Monitoring for Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Trailer Assist and Emergency Assist to complement the already available Adaptive Cruise Control (the radar is now hidden behind the VW badge), Lane Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Traffic Alert, Part Assist, Driver Alert System, Traffic Sign Recognition and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
Inside, the cabin sees the debut of the new 12.3-inch Active Info Display (digital instruments) – albeit optional – and an infotainment system with gesture control.
The 5-inch system in the old model has been replaced by the new 6.5-inch ‘Composition Colour’ system, while the old 6.5-inch has been replaced with an 8.0-inch ‘Composition Media’ or ‘Discovery Media’. Range-toppers will get a new 9.2-inch ‘Discovery Pro’ with gesture control that replaces the old 8.0-inch system.
The ‘Discovery Pro’ and ‘Dicovery Media’s entire front is spanned by a stylish glass surface with haptic feedback.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf will start hitting showrooms in Europe at the beginning of December and will reach Australia in the first half of next year.