2017 Volkswagen Golf

#37
in Compact hatchbacks
2017 MODEL
$19,895 - $27,995 See Inventory Prices

Detailed Review

2017 Volkswagen Golf has good performance features and it offers decent mileage but the competition is tough Honda Civic and Ford Focus offer similar features and performance for less which could be their selling point they are also longer than the golf so if you are a city dweller Volkswagen Golf is nice and compact vehicle for the job it's sensibly placed interior is nice and it's comfortable.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf hatchback comes packed with technology with proximity sensors automatic charging for phone and Apple and Android Auto available in the infotainment system. The completely overhauled interior gives it a nice sense of modernity with a touch of technology, Volkswagen has changed the front and back bumpers with LED taillights with Audi style indicators certainly gives the new VW Golf a cooler feel than its predecessors.

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Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19895

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

125 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

110 cu. in.

horsepower

170 hp @ 4500 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

5-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.7 in. ventilated front disc/11.3 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

103.8 in.

length

167.5 in.

width

70.8 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

3023 lbs.

ground clearance

5.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

22.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

1021 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

20 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/36 mpg

highway range

475.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Volkswagen Golf in Tungsten Silver Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Golf in Tornado Red color  2017 Volkswagen Golf in Silk Blue Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Golf in Pure White color  2017 Volkswagen Golf in Platinum Gray Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Golf in Night Blue Metallic color  2017 Volkswagen Golf in Black color
Tungsten Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Safety

6.9

Exterior

7.2

Engine

7.2

Interior

7.8

Fuel Economy

7.7

Features

6.8

Comfort

7.4

Driving

8.1

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Volkswagen Golf TSI S

TSI S

power
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$19,895 - $20,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
TSI S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M) Starting at $19,895 MSRP (25/29/36) 170 hp @ 4500 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA
TSI S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $20,995 MSRP (25/29/35) 170 hp @ 4500 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black
  Night Blue Metallic
  Platinum Gray Metallic
  Pure White
  Silk Blue Metallic
  Tornado Red
  Tungsten Silver Metallic

 2017 Volkswagen Golf TSI Wolfsburg Edition

TSI Wolfsburg Edition

power
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$21,595 - $22,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
TSI Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M) Starting at $21,595 MSRP (25/29/36) 170 hp @ 4500 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA
TSI Wolfsburg Edition 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $22,695 MSRP (25/29/35) 170 hp @ 4500 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black
  Night Blue Metallic
  Platinum Gray Metallic
  Pure White
  Silk Blue Metallic
  Tornado Red
  Tungsten Silver Metallic

 2017 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE

TSI SE

power
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,445


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $25,445 MSRP (25/29/35) 170 hp @ 4500 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Volkswagen Golf TSI SEL

TSI SEL

power
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$27,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
TSI SEL 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $27,995 MSRP (25/29/35) 170 hp @ 4500 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

Top Volkswagen Cars

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback
8.3/10

Engine: 210 hp @ 4500 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 28 combined

2017 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback
8.2/10

Engine: 292 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 25 combined

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf electric
7.8/10

MPG: 119 combined

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback
7.0/10

Engine: 170 hp @ 4800 rpm, 1.8 L I4

MPG: 28 combined

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback
9.0/10

Engine: 220 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 28 combined

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback
8.9/10

Engine: 228 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 27 combined

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback
8.5/10

Engine: 292 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 24 combined


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 8, 2019

7.4

Overall Rating


6.8/10
Features

 

7.2/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

7.2/10
Exterior

 

6.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

Starting at $19,895 this car is not all that expensive compared to the competition it comes with a 1.8L TSI DOHC Engine and a 5-speed manual transmission can deliver up to 170 pound-feet of torque with 170HP of power which is better than average.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Features

6.8/10

2017 Volkswagen Golf comes in two trims S and Wolfsburg, the S model is priced at $19,895 for the Wolfsburg model you have to spend $22,695 main differences being Wolfsburg includes automatic headlights and keyless access with push button start, both of the models include Halogen headlights with clear lightweight chip-resistant polycarbonate lenses and daytime running lights.

Trim S Wolfsburg
MSRP

 

(manual)

$19,895 $22,695
MSRP

 

(automatic)

$20,995 $21,595
Key

 

Features

  • Halogen headlights with clear, lightweight, chip-resistant polycarbonate lenses and Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Climatic manual single-zone climate control with pollen filter
  • 2 radio-frequency remote transmitter key fobs with lock, unlock, rear hatch release, and panic button for central locking
  • Composition Media touchscreen system with proximity sensor
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription
  • Halogen headlights with clear, lightweight, chip-resistant polycarbonate lenses and Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Automatic headlights
  • Climatic manual single-zone climate control with pollen filter
  • 2 radio-frequency remote transmitter key fobs with lock, unlock, rear hatch release, and panic button for central locking
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Composition Media touchscreen system with proximity sensor
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription

What we Recommend

If you don"t care for the automatic stuff and stuff like keyless access with the push-button start you'll be better off buying the S model and that is what we recommend saving you a few bucks is what is our priority and besides all the other features are standard in both of the models.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Engine

7.2/10
"Unlike its sportier fraternal twins, the GTI and Golf R, the Golf boasts a compliant ride that won’t grow tiresome during long drives or on rough pavement. This doesn’t mean that it’s a slouch around corners."- Car and Driver

Entry level Golf sports a 1.8L TSI DOHC engine which can produce up to 199 pound-feet of torque and 170 Horsepower of power, it comes with a 5-speed manual transmission although this could be only low selling point of this car it performs really nicely Volkswagen have really worked on its transmission it handles small bumps really nicely and the overall ride feels smoother.

Models Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus Honda Civic Mazda 3
MSRP $19,895 $19,765 $19,700 $20,145
Engine 1.8L TSI DOHC 16V Turbocharged 4-cyl 2.0L I-4 GDI Ti-VCT 1.5L I-4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged 2.0L SKYACTIV-G DOHC 16-Valve 4-Cylinder
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-Speed Automatic 6-speed manual 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 170 hp 160 hp 174 hp 155 hp
Torque 199 lb-ft 146 lb-ft 167 lb-ft 150 lb-ft

Other cars in the class like Honda Civic offers a smaller 1.5L I-4 DOHC engine with 167 pound-feet of torque which is the best in the competition and doesn\u2019t even come close to the 199 found feet offered by the compact hatchback. Other cars Ford Focus and Mazda 3 both offer 2.0 L engines but can't perform as well as the Golf does with only 146 pound-feet and 150 pound-feet of torque respectively, although both the cars offer 6-speed automatic transmission the performance isn't as good as you'd expect.

Acceleration

Volkswagen Golf isn't very fast it accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 7.8 sec and a quarter mile in 15.7 sec although the engine is not big with 1.8 L we still expect Volkswagen to show some class, emission is also the most in the class with 6.1 tons/year at 15K Miles/year.

Models Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus Honda Civic Mazda 3
0-60 MPH 7.8 sec 7.6 sec 7.5 sec 8.4 sec
Quarter mile 15.7 sec 16.2 sec 15.5 sec 16.6 sec
Engine 1.8L 2.0L 1.5L 2.0L
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.1 5.7 5.4 5.7

In this department the 2017 Volkswagen Golf isn\u2019t even close to the leaders to get from 0-60 MPH it takes 7.8 sec which is third best in the comparison to the similar vehicles in the class with only Mazda 3 performing worse with 8.4 seconds Ford focus and Honda civic both sit at 7.6 seconds and 7.5 seconds respectively, and they also offer lesser emission per year with 5.7 and 5.4 tons/year at 15K Miles/year.

Braking

Volkswagen Golf 2017 has 11.3-inch breaks on the front and 10.7 inch on the rear tires which perform really well for the weight of car the curb weight of the car is 3023 pounds which is heaviest in the class the braking also improves the handling of the vehicle.

Model Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus Honda Civic Mazda 3
Brake Front (in.) 11.3 10.9 11.1 11.0
Brake Rear (in.) 10.7 9.0 10.2 10.4
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3023 2,948 2,815 2940
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A 120 115 N/A

Other cars in the class have smaller brakes Ford Focus has 10.9 inch and 9.0-inch brakes in the front and back respectively and Honda civic has 11.1 inches and 10.2 inches, in the same manner, they both weigh 2,948 and 2,815 pounds respectively and come to halt from 60 MPH in 120 and 115 feet respectively.

Ride and Handling

The ride is very comfortable everything is well placed for the driver the glove compartment has decent room and there is plenty of storage options for keys and phones, the car handles the curves and brakes pretty well steering is a pleasure, although Volkswagen hasnt changed much in terms of the engine and the feel of ride it is still very stable.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Fuel Economy

7.7/10

2017 Volkswagen golf offers a mileage of 25 Miles per Gallon in the city and 36 Miles per Gallon on the highways and 29 Miles per gallon combined, it\u2019s fine for a compact vehicle to have such mileage and we cant say we expected way more competition also have similar figures.

Model Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus Honda Civic Mazda 3
MPG (city) 25 26 30 28
MPG (highway) 36 38 39 37
MPG (combined) 29 31 33 31

Comparing the fuel Economy with other vehicles in the class Honda civic offers best mileage in the city with 30 Miles per gallon and 39 miles per gallon on the Highway and 33 miles per gallon combined. Ford Focus and Mazda 3 have 26 and 28 miles per gallon in the city respectively and 31 each combined.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Interior

7.8/10
"The VW Golf for 2017 continues a tradition of having an upscale look to its interior, using high-quality materials, soft-touch surfaces and, on higher trims, piano-black accents. - Kelley Blue Book"

Volkswagen golf can accommodate for 5 passengers with nice and comfortable seats for all driving position is really well and comfortably equipped with all necessary components around the driver for the front row there are two seats with a head clearance of 38.4 it isn't the best in the class but it"s comfortable that's for sure. Interior has a nice infotainment system, single zone climate control and a 12V power outlet in the back.

Model Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus Honda Civic Mazda 3
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.4/55.9/41.2 38.3/55.6/41.9 39.3/57.0/42.3 38.6/57.2/42.2
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/53.9/35.6 37.9/53.7/33.2 37.4/55.0/36.0 37.6/54.4/35.8

Other cars in the class also feature the similar dimensions with all having 5 passenger seats the Honda Civic boasts the best Head, Shoulder and Leg clearance for both front and back seats with 39.3, 57.0 and 42.3 inches for the front and 37.4, 55.0 and 36.0 in the back respectively.

Cargo volume

For such a compact car is the least long in the class Volkswagen golf doesn't have the top cargo volume but it certainly isnt bad for such a small car compared to others it has 22.8 cubic feet of storage space in the back the low rise of the cargo hold makes it easy to put stuff in the back and the space is not cramped so it's easy to put a lot of baggage easily in the back.

Model Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus Honda Civic Mazda 3
Cargo Volume to rear seat up (ft.3) 22.8 23.8 25.7 20.2
Cargo Volume to rear seat folded (ft.3) N/A 44.8 46.2 47.1

Other players feature who has greater cargo volume than Volkswagen golf are Ford Focus and Honda Civic with 23.8 and 25.7 cubic feet each only Mazda 3 has a minimal space of 20.2 cubic feet you can fold your second row seats to accommodate even greater cargo with back seats folded you have 44.8 cubic feet of space in the Ford Focus and 46.2 and 47.1 in Honda Civic and Mazda 3 respectively.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Exterior

7.2/10

The shape of the Volkswagen hasn't changed much but the look has few tweaks here and there the front and back bumpers have been changed there are fake exhaust for the show the Volkswagen golf is the least long car in the class with just 167.5 inches and has a wheelbase of 103.8 inches, it looks nice but not too excellent.

Model Volkswagen Golf Ford Focus Honda Civic Mazda 3
Curb weight (lbs.) 3023 2,948 2,815 2940
Length(in) 167.5 171.6 177.9 175.6
Width(in) 70.8 71.8 70.8 70.7
Height(in) 57.2 57.7 56.5 57.3
Ground clearance (in) 5.4 4.7 5.1 6.1
Wheelbase (in) 103.8 104.3 106.3 106.3
Track width (in) F/R 61.0/59.8 61.2/60.4 60.9/61.5 61.2/61.4

 

Compared to others exteriors in the class Ford Focus is 171.6 inches long but has a curb weight of 2,948 pounds and a wheelbase of 104.3 others put up similar statistics Honda civic and Mazda 3 are 177.9 and 175.6 inches long respectively and have wheelbase of 106.3 each.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Safety

6.9/10

Safety Features

Volkswagen Golf comes packed with safety features so you can have peace of mind about your passengers when driving it comes with automatic door locking feature when the car going above 8 miles per hour and automatically unlocks when airbags are deployed, front seats have thorax airbag supplemental restraint system, head airbags for front and rear, 3 point safety belts for all seats, child seat anchor points, ABS ( Anti-lock braking system ), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution and Hydraulic Brake Assist.

  • Automatic locking feature (doors lock when vehicle reaches 8 mph, unlock automatically upon airbag deployment)
  • Driver and passenger front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint systems
  • Side Curtain Protection\xae head airbags, front and rear
  • Front seat safety belt pretensioners with load limiters
  • 3-point safety belts for all seating positions; includes safety belt pretensioners for driver and front passenger
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor points
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)

 

IIHS Ratings
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Acceptable
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Advanced
Headlights Poor
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

 

NHTSA Ratings
Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 4 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 4 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 4 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

 

2017 Volkswagen Golf Competition

Ford Focus vs Volkswagen Golf

Ford Focus has a bigger engine with 2.0L but doesn't produce as much torque as Volkswagen Golf with only 146 pound-feet and 160 Horsepower of power, priced at $19,765 it\u2019s only $130 bucks cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf it comes with 6-speed automatic transmission so it isn\u2019t a bad buy and it has quicker acceleration than the Volkswagen Golf it"s also longer than the Volkswagen so whether you choose to buy for the acceleration or you are planning to have $130 bucks is entirely up to you but it offers a tough competition to the Volkswagen Golf.

Honda Civic vs Volkswagen Golf

Priced at $19,700 Honda Civic comes with 1.5L Turbocharged engine which delivers 167 pound-feet of torque and power of 174 Horsepower and with a 6-speed manual transmission Honda civic has best acceleration in the class only taking 7.5 seconds to go from 0-60 miles per hour and has the least emission with 5.4 tons of CO2 per year at 15K Miles per year it's also the longest car in the class so it might be little less comfortable driving it in city boundaries.

Mazda 3 vs Volkswagen Golf

Priced at $20,145 and offering a 2.0L DOHC 4-Cylinder engine the performance is not that impressive the engine offers 150 pound-feet of torque and 155 Horsepower with a 6-speed automatic transmission only offers an acceleration of 8.4 seconds to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour, it offers a mileage of only 31 miles per hour on city and highway combined so it isn't up to mark when you compare it to the Volkswagen Golf.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Final Verdict

2017 Volkswagen Golf has good performance features and it offers decent mileage but the competition is tough Honda Civic and Ford Focus offer similar features and performance for less which could be their selling point they are also longer than the golf so if you are a city dweller Volkswagen Golf is nice and compact vehicle for the job it's sensibly placed interior is nice and it's comfortable, all in all, there is tough competition in this class of the industry but Volkswagen Golf isn't a bad buy and if you are planning to buy one you would not be disappointed.