Volkswagen opened orders for the new 2017 Golf in February and deliveries have taken place throughout March. Although not a new model of the Golf, i.e. a Mk 8, the facelift that Volkswagen has designed makes subtle improvements that all combine to produce significant advances in the technology and performance of this car. With some press dubbing it the Golf Mk 7.5, Volkswagen will be confident to continue their historical success within this segment of the UK and global automotive market.

Every model of the Golf will now come with LED taillights. There are re-designed front bumpers, grills, and the R-Line specification has taking more design cues from the Golf R. It’s a great choice for customers who want to look the part, but without the higher running costs of the 310PS model. For the interior, even the entry level cars now come with an eight-inch colour screen instead of the six-inch display, and the systems with 8-inch Discover Pro systems now upgrade to 9.2-inch displays. The Discover and Discover Pro systems can also be controlled with smartphone apps.

A handy improvement for drivers who like myself spend a great deal of time stuck in traffic in and around cities is the “Traffic Jam Assist”. When you join a traffic jam, this mode uses the vehicle’s lane departure and ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) systems to move the car autonomously below 38mph.

VW have added a few improvements to drivetrains as a new 1.5 litre TSI petrol engine is on its way. There is an entry level 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine producing 85 PS and 108g CO2/km, and a 110 PS model producing 109g CO2/km. The range topping GTI, GTD and R all receive improved performance over the outgoing models. The GTD is still the sporty company car drivers’ choice due to the sub 130g/km engine with 184PS. I feel in the next five years, that choice will slowly switch over to hybrid variants like the 1.4 TSI GTE that will have sub 50g CO2/km as the tax incentives for diesels become less attractive for those paying Benefit-in-Kind on their car.

The Golf will never have flair and excitement due to its target audience chiefly being family-conscious individuals who want a safe, reliable car. The Golf is ever popular due to it being all things to all people. You can get a Golf with a petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric powertrain and from an entry-level 1.0-litre S model at £17,625.00 On the Road (OTR) up to the range-topping Golf R 2.0 TSI 310 PS DSG 5 door at £33,935.00 OTR. Volkswagen have managed to improve the entire range and offer a saving to its customers. The additional technology in these new models is provided at the same price as the outgoing cars.

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Paul Hendry_picWritten by Paul Hendry.

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