VW Golf range, tech, styling updated

  • Updated Golf coming to UK and SA this year
  • UK prices down by an average R11 000
  • Debuts for engines, technology and features
2017 VW GOLF
2017 VW GOLF Image: VW / Newspress

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Expect updates and a new engine from VW on the South African auto market later in 2017 with sales already open in British right-hand drive showrooms and first deliveries expected in March..

Where, by the way, VW has announced average UK Golf prices lower by the equivalent of nearly R11 000 with the media annoucement reading ‘Updated Golf: More for less from Volkswagen’. The Corner wonders if VW SA will follow suit…

Anyway, VW UK says the updated Golfs there will have all-new engines, more tech, better connectivity and revised styling. A statement from VW SA said: “The local model line-up will be different to the British cars.

2017 VW GOLF
2017 VW GOLF Image: VW/ Newspress

“We will retain most of the current derivatives – 1.4 TSI 92kW, 2.0 TDI 81kW, GTI and R – and will introduce an 81kW 1.0 TSI.” Prices in the UK (SA guidance only) start at the equivalent of R290 000 on the road for the 1.0 TSI two-door.

VW UK says the revised Golfs will have diode tail-lights and most models will get a new generation of larger and more sophisticated 23cm touchscreen infotainment systems, some specced with a satnav system that can be operated by hand gestures.

It complements a new optional active info display that will be standard on all performance Golfs and the range of online services and apps has been enlarged.

2017 VW GOLF
2017 VW GOLF Image: VW / Newspress

VW UK says: “The forthcoming car also creates a benchmark for assistance systems in the compact class, employing technologies that will significantly improve safety. Depending on model, these include: city emergency braking with new pedestrian monitoring, semi-automated driving at up to 60km/h and ’emergency assist’ – also new to this segment – notices if the driver is incapacitated.

“It then initiates various measures in escalating stages culminating, if the driver remains inactive, in an emergency stop.”

DEBUT FOR NEW ENGINES

The progressive digitisation of Golf, VW says, is supported by the debut of highly efficient engines. “Even the new base petrol engine – the turbocharged direct-injection 1.0 TSI – impresses with fuel consumption of 4.83 litres/100km (combined).

The UK will get a new petrol 1.5 TSI Evo capable of 112kW and a BlueMotion version giving 97.5kW and engine shutdown when power is not needed.

“The appeal of the iconic Golf GTI,” VW UK says, “has been enhanced and is now capable of 170kW in GTI Performance guise. The range-topping Golf R gets more power than ever before – 232kW – which translates to 100km/h in 4.6sec.

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Every Golf will also get BlueMotion Technologies such as stop/start and regenerative braking.

Design modifications include new bumpers front and rear, new halogen headlights with diode running lights, diode headlights for higher-spec units (optional in other models) instead of xenon, new front wings and full LED rear lights as standard for all Golf versions.

New wheel designs and body colours round off the exterior update; new trim panels and materials upgrade interiors.

‘HUGELY COMPETITIVE PRICING’

VW UK’s director, Alison Jones, said: “The arrival of a new or updated Golf is always a special occasion but for 2017 the car, with its semi-autonomous operation, revised styling, new engines and exceptional new infotainment systems, really does feel extra-special.

“The updated Golf will, I’m sure, not only retain its place at the head of the compact-car class but also strengthen its place in the hearts of owners thanks to its exceptional quality, classless appeal and, now more than ever, its hugely competitive pricing.”

2017 VW GOLF

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