2017 model year Volkswagen Golf revealed
10 November 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Volkswagen has revealed a facelifted version of its popular Golf hatchback.
The revised Golf introduces a new petrol engine family to the popular model with a 150hp 1.5-litre unit emitting 110g/km of CO2 making its debut, followed by an eco-friendly 130hp Bluemotion version that emits 104g/km.
Volkswagen claims it is "digitalising" the model for 2017, with one of the main focuses being on a new generation of infotainment systems, which feature gesture control for the first time.
The revised Golf also introduces new safety technologies including a city emergency braking system, a traffic jam assist function - which works autonomously up to 37mph - and an emergency assist tool, as well as updates to the trailer assist function.
Design-wise, the new Golf gets new bumpers at the front and rear and LED daytime running lights, while the interior features a range of upgraded materials and fabrics.
This latest model also brings an Active Info Display, a digital instrument cluster akin to Audi's virtual cockpit, which features a 12.3-inch display. It can show information including navigation details, driver assistance statistics and efficiency ratings.
Media systems have also been updated, with the Golf now featuring 6.5-9.2-inch screens, with the Discover Pro versions offering touch- and voice-command operations.
VW has added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility to the Golf with the update to the media systems, while the company has also introduced its Security and Service package to the infotainment system, allowing the driver to contact the Volkswagen Emergency Call Centre, which can then arrange for assistance.
Additionally, multiple drivers will be able save personalised settings into user accounts that are saved by the vehicle, with different motorists being able to be identified via their car key, which could help fleets which share vehicles. Known as 'ID', users can save personalised settings for equipment including the infotainment system, the ambient lighting, aircon, the driver's seat and the parking sensors.
According to the SMMT, 49,280 Golfs were registered to fleets last year, second only to the Ford Focus in its sector.