2017 Volkswagen Golf

Buyer's Guide

Volkswagen’s Golf enters the third year of the current body style more or less unchanged other than a handful of minor equipment tweaks.

The base Trendline (three- and five-door) receives VW’s new Composition 5.0-inch display audio system with CD player and SD card slot. This setup can be upgraded to a larger 6.5-inch screen with proximity sensor, CD player, SD card slot and eight speakers for the five-door version only. The package also bundles in satellite radio, and VW’s slick new App-Connect which offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Five-door Trendlines also receive an alarm as standard.

Higher up, the Comfortline now receives a 6.5-inch display audio system with AppConnect as standard, as well as a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and parking brake lever; the Convenience Package has been adjusted to include a panoramic power sunroof and a blind-spot warning.

The range-topping luxury Highline model debuts a new Driver Assistance Package, with adaptive cruise control, adaptive front lighting, emergency autonomous braking, lane-keeping assist, and automatic parking function, but loses its sport-tuned suspension.

All Golfs are powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine that puts out 170 hp; transmission options include a five-speed manual which is standard for all configurations, which can be upgraded to a six-speed automatic on all but the base Trendline three-door. The optional automatic has been dropped on three-door hatches for 2017. While the 2.0 TDI is still on hiatus, the 1.8 TSI provides good all-round fuel economy, excellent mid-range punch, and zippy performance.

Standard equipment on the Golf is fairly comprehensive, and includes an eight-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows and mirrors, keyless entry, a 5.0-inch display audio system with USB, reverse camera, Bluetooth, and heated seats.

Trendlines up the ante with dual-zone climate control, 16-inch wheels, proximity key, leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, and leatherette upholstery.

The range-topping Highline includes 17-inch wheels, power driver’s seat, ambient interior lighting, automatic headlights, chrome exterior trim, leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, sports seats, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, and more.

Regardless of which trim is selected, the Golf offers top-notch interior quality with soft-touch plastics, tasteful interior trim, and a spacious cabin. The German-designed Golf also offers drivers solid dynamics with comfortable if not sporty handling and excellent high-speed stability.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Specifications

There are 7 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $19,195 MSRP
8
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
170 hp @4500 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline $19,195 5 Hatchback
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline 170 hp @4500 rpm 184 ft-lb @1600 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline 167.5" 70.5" 57.2" 103.8"
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline Cloth Seats
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline $21,245 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline 170 hp @4500 rpm 184 ft-lb @1600 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline Cloth Seats
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline $22,645 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline 170 hp @4500 rpm 199 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline Cloth Seats
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline $23,945 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline 170 hp @4500 rpm 184 ft-lb @1600 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline Premium Synthetic Seats
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline $25,345 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline 170 hp @4500 rpm 199 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline Premium Synthetic Seats
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline $28,995 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline 170 hp @4500 rpm 184 ft-lb @1600 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline Leather Seats
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline $30,395 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline 170 hp @4500 rpm 199 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline Leather Seats
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Volkswagen / Golf

Average Rating

2008 Volkswagen Golf

Trim: R32
by FootballManager on 10-12-2012
Fabulous car...simply fabulous
Granted you don't get this car in Canada but I had the pleasure of an Euro Spec one for 2 months straight. Drove it everyday and enjoyed it to the fullest. The DSG is phenomenal. The 4Motion system doesn't let you forget that it's a front-biased vehicle but you won't need such extreme performance on regular roads unless you want to rack up tickets and insurance rates. The interior, like Audis is brilliantly done. Feels like being in a truly luxury-sports car. Fuel economy in sport mode is terrible. And like most Golfs there's a ton of space at the back.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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2008 Volkswagen Golf

Trim: GOLF CITY 2.0L 4DR HB
by IvanTrader on 10-12-2012
Great car for city driving
I've had this vehicle for 4 years on lease and it was a great car to drive by myself or with my family of 4. It's also very good for shopping even large furniture items (I've carried everything in it from desks and beds to hardwood flooring and tiles).
It's exceptional on gas. The ride is comfortable and even a bit sporty because of the type of suspension. It's perfect for a familty of 3 or even 4 (if the kids are small), however as the kids get older more room will be required.
Interior design, although basic - meets the needs. One thing's for sure - it's a very reliable automobile.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Volkswagen Golf

Trim: TDI
by Michael_Imbleau on 10-12-2012
Great little 407 Commuter Car
I drove this car for a few days to and from work to see if it would work for me as a commuter car. I was pleasantly surprised. The person who leant it to me told me the Turbo Diesel was great on gas, and they didn’t lie. I was getting 5.9L/100km on the 407 (read driving fast). So I expected great mileage, but didn’t expect how well the car would actually handle. For such a small car, and being a diesel, I wasn’t expecting the torque at high speeds. I have to say it actually had the power and performance of a much sportier car, without any whine or vibrations. The interior was also better than I had expected. The Bluetooth interface for the phone was easy to setup, and very intuitive. There were some drawbacks. The 2 gas stations closest to my work don’t have diesel. When slowing to a stop, I found the engine would engage, and slow the car quicker and jerkier than I expected (which took some getting used to). Overall I would have bought this car if it weren’t for the fact that a used one is nearly the same price as a new one. I guess some people see that as a benefit, but I’m always looking for a deal.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
2/5
Reliability
5/5
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