|S MT||$30,890||0-60:||5.5 seconds|
|S AT||$26,695||Top Speed:||130 mph|
|Sport MT||$27,995||Horsepower:||210 to 220 hp|
|Sport AT||$29,095||MPG:||Up to 24 city / 34 highway|
|SE MT||$30,890||Curb weight:||2,972 to 3,086 lbs|
|SE AT||$31,990||Torque:||258 lb-ft|
|Autobahn MT||$34,095||MT:||Manual Transmission|
|Autobahn AT||$35,195||AT:||Automatic Transmission|
Golf GTI a.k.a “Hot Hatch” is one of the most persistent GTI cars around the world. It’s so dominant in that GTI designations is synonymous with Golf GTI. As we all know, 2016 wasn’t a great year for Volkswagen brands and its Diesel line-up. However, the rest of the Gasoline powered models was not affected by this downturn. The GTI models shouldered these tough times all by themselves.
The seventh-generation car is wrapped in sheet metal that is modern, yet equally unmistakable as a Volkswagen Golf GTI. The shape and design elements remain as defined as ever, with a distinctive C-pillar, roofline framing, and classic Golf GTI side windows, but the striking new front end and steeply sloped hood leave no doubt this is different from previous generations.
The look is further highlighted by the sharper headlight clusters and the bright-red horizontal strip that runs through the available Bi-Xenon headlights, as well as by the narrower grille, which leads to a strong character line that travels along the side and all the way back to the taillight clusters, only breaking for the wheelarches. Just above, another body line can be traced from the rear side window all the way back up to the headlights. These subtle body lines help create a poised yet elegant appearance.
In addition to the red-colored horizontal highlight on the grille, the 2017 Golf GTI has several other visual differences from its conventional Golf brethren. The lower front fascia incorporates standard LED fog lights (not available on Sport trim) housed within a series of horizontal strakes on either side of a unique mesh pattern grille. Red brake calipers peek behind bespoke GTI wheels and subtle side skirts help to give the GTI a more planted appearance. Around back, bright exhaust tips sit on either side of a unique rear diffuser, and a roof spoiler further differentiates the car.
The A7 Golf GTI is the first U.S.-market vehicle built on Volkswagen’s MQB modular platform. The unitary construction chassis has two solid-mounted subframes with bolt-on front fenders, and utilizes technologies such as the laser clamp welder, which produces “wobble seam” welds in a wave pattern to maximize strength in a limited space, offering up to four times the strength of a traditional spot weld.
The Golf GTI’s stamped steel body and chassis now boasts 28-percent of its parts in high-strength, hot-formed steel. This technology allows much of the chassis and body to be constructed from thinner and lighter parts without loss in strength. Thanks to the use of selective thickness for parts, a single component can be tailor-rolled to have as many as 11 zones of varying thicknesses.
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes with new standard Sport trim with the Performance package. Autobahn and SE trims also comes standard with the Performance package while the two-door model is now exclusive only to the S grade. The Driver Assistance package with a new feature Light Assist is available across all Golf GTI trim levels. You’ll get more standard features such as HID headlights, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning with popular Autobahn models.
App-Connect. The Composition Media unit is standard on the S, Sport, and SE models. It features an 800x480 capacitive color touch display with a 6.5-inch screen and proximity sensor. Standard features include AUX-in, an SD card slot, a USB multimedia interface for compatible Apple iPhone® and iPod® devices; Reverse camera display; Bluetooth® technology with audio streaming and the ability to sync two compatible phones simultaneously and send and receive SMS text messages with compatible phones; App-Connect for compatible smartphone integration, a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with three-month trial, HD Radio and support for lossless audio file format (Free Lossless Audio Codec FLAC).
Autobahn models include as standard the Discover Media unit, which captures the features available in the Composition Media unit and adds 2.5D Navigation, one-shot voice destination entry, predicts possible destinations based on often used routes, and Destination Entry with Quick Search and Auto-complete.
In classic Volkswagen style, the Golf GTI is powered by a compact turbocharged engine. The 2.0-liter TSI® turbocharged and direct-injection unit that powers the Golf GTI is a member of the latest, third-generation EA888 engine family and is built in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art factory in Silao, Mexico. The EA888 engine line is a masterpiece of modern engine design that provides high levels of performance, efficiency, and drivability in a lightweight, compact package.
The EA888 engine produces 210 horsepower (achieved on premium fuel) at 4,500 rpm, and torque peaks at 258 lb-ft, beginning at just 1,500 rpm and lasting until 4,500 rpm. The Performance Package modifies the engine programming to hold peak torque for an extra 200 rpm, enabling the EA888 to produce an extra 10 horsepower for a total of 220 at 4,700 rpm.
When equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the Golf GTI achieves an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. When equipped with the optional six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, EPA estimated fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The DSG transmission also incorporates a launch control feature.
Augmenting the EA888’s 16-valve, dual-overhead-camshaft layout is Volkswagen’s latest variable cam phasing system, which controls both intake and exhaust valves, as well as a variable lift system for the valves themselves. The single-scroll turbocharger feeds intercooled air through the aluminum-alloy crossflow cylinder head. Fuel is delivered by the latest high-pressure direct-fuel-injection system at 2,900 pounds per square inch, compared to 2,176 psi on the previous EA888 engine.
To help protect occupants, the Golf GTI provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. The Golf GTI has been engineered to meet or exceed all current crash regulations and features no fewer than six airbags as standard along with a number of electronic and mechanical safety systems, including standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is standard on the 2017 Golf GTI. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
The GTI also includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions.
All 2017 Golf GTI models are offered with Volkswagen’s standard five-year/60,000-mile (whichever occurs first) powertrain limited warranty and three-year/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) new vehicle limited warranty.