Reworked 2017 VW Golf Arrives With More Tech, New Engines [51 Pics + Videos]

The new facelifted VW Golf MK7 has been revealed, bringing cutting-edge technologies and more fuel-efficient powertrains wrapped in the same but slightly polished design language.

The compact VW received an extensive mid-life facelift, bringing in a host of new technologies in its each segment, including semi-autonomous systems, gesture control and a fully connected line of new infotainment systems.

Visually the changes are subtle as you would expect, with the new Golf gaining a set of redesigned front and rear bumpers, new LED taillights and refreshed Full-LED headlights that now incorporate the daytime running lights. The exterior changes are completed with new alloy designs and the addition of new colors in the available palette.

Under the updated skin VW has given the new Golf an all-new 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine that makes 148hp (150PS) and comes with the Active Cylinder Management system, allowing it to shut down two of its cylinders for greater fuel economy. This will be followed by a Bluemotion version of the same engine that will make 128hp (130PS). VW says that the new 148hp engine returns a NEDC combined 57.6mpg UK (4.9lt/100km) and 110g/km of CO2, while the 128hp version returns 61.4 mpg UK (4.6lt/100km) and 104g/km of CO2 emissions.

“The result is that the new Golf will therefore be up to one litre more fuel efficient in real-world operation than engines of comparable power. That is Smart Sustainability. That is affordable progress for everyone,” says Dr Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

VW has also upgraded the GTI’s powertrain which now makes 226hp (230PS) as standard and 241hp (245PS) in the Performance version. Also new to the range is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that will gradually replace the old six-speed DSG.

But the greatest highlights of the new Golf are about the onboard tech features, with the popular compact model receiving new assistance systems, including the semi-autonomous Traffic Jam Assist, Pedestrian Monitoring for Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Trailer Assist and Emergency Assist next to the already existing Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System, Lane Assist, Blind Spot Sensor, Rear Traffic Alert, Park Assist, Driver Alert System, traffic sign recognition, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and trailer stabilization.

The traditional analog gauges behind the steering wheel have also been replaced with VW’s Active Info digital high-def instrument cluster that measures 12.3 inches in diameter. A completely new generation of infotainment systems is also debuting with the new Golf, offering gesture control for the first time in a production VW model and screens that range from 6.5 to 9.2 inches in diameter.

The top-of-the-line ‘Discover Pro’ infotainment system sports a 9.2-inch HD display, ditching the traditional buttons for a set of capacitive panels, putting everything under a stylish glass surface. The new system will allow users to individually configure their home screens with input methods to include, as mentioned above, gesture control, touch and voice control.

“The main focus is on a completely new generation of infotainment and connectivity. No other compact car is smarter, safer or more interconnected,” said Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management. “Volkswagen is gaining momentum. In 2017, we will be presenting more than ten new models and major updates. By 2020, we will have renewed our complete line-up.”

VW will start advanced sales of the new 2017 Golf at the beginning of December, with prices starting at the same point with the outgoing model despite the higher level of equipment. VW will also debut the new all-electric e-Golf next week in the LA Auto Show, which promises to offer 50 percent more driving range than the current one.



  • hahn

    oh crap, digital speedo and no volume knob…

    • DMJ

      Agree. I bet that the digital speedo is not standard, but the absence of the volume knob…is so stupid.

      • Sébastien

        Never touched mine in 2years, always adjust from the steering wheel left hand buttons.

    • TheHake

      That digital speedo (Active Info Display) is the absolute best. I don’t ever again want a car without it!

  • Ary Wisesa

    “… bringing cutting-edge technologies and more fuel-efficient powertrain … ”

    Do they mean a new, more sophisticated cheating device?

    Behold…. ! The new cheating device from the biggest cheater in the automotive history.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Really though???

    • Matt

      VW’s emissions scandal is like the ‘Clinton Emails’ of the automotive world. It will just never go away….

      • Ary Wisesa

        And what’s more disgusting is this:

        Even after “Cheating v1.0”, they continued to “Cheating v2.0”.

        I just don’t know what kind of cheater that is caught and causing worldwide scandal, just to be found doing it AGAIN. Either they are really stupid, or really ignorant, or really arrogant.

        I mean, cheating AGAIN after first cheating? Just WOW!

        • Matt

          They’re not ‘cheating again’, the device they just found was in use before the first scandal broke.

  • Bash

    I’m really disappointed.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Gesture control!
    I guess it was only a matter of time. The new 3 series better have it.

    • salamOOn

      its a dangerous gimmicky feature….

  • Shtekeris

    That infotainment was painfully slow and laggy. You know your product sucks, when it looks bad in promo video. It’s really sad, that there are amazing tech in cars and now they are advancing to being autonomous, but infotainment systems are slow and pixelated with WinXP graphics by default in every car.

  • DMJ

    Funny that VW doesn’t show any pictures of “normal” Golfs. They are all GTI’s, R-Line pack or GTE, because the others will look the same as the current one. As expected.

  • Gesture control in a car: extremely useful feature that enables you to wave your hand 5 cm away from the actual controls.

    • Bob

      That’s life-changing. 5 cms can make a heck of a lot of difference.

  • msuboon

    the audi-like digital cockpit speedo looks cool, everything else is shit

  • adam berry

    And now for a positive comment: I think this design is a nice mid-life refresh. I like where the design language is headed with those hard lines. Those headlights though! Wow those are top shelf. VW has an excellent reputation for simple but effective road illumination and if these are anything like the current Passat’s LED headlights, they will be amazing. Can wait to see the new Jetta with this style.

    PS: I sell VWs for a living here in Ontario Canada and Im happy to say that. And yes Im biased “AF” but its also my honest opinion.

  • Enter Ranting

    I’ve got a gesture for VW that involves my middle finger.

  • Sébastien

    Love the new headlights ! I with I could retrofit this new Discover Pro in mine.

    I don’t really care about digital cluster, why is there no HUD ?
    50% improvement on the eGolf is rather conservative.

  • Design in the first place by Giorgetto Giugiaro , Ital Design ! ,remember that VW !!!

  • VWFan

    I have only one word to say: REVOLUTION

  • Bob

    A great car judging by the current one. Hence they sell so many of them where I’m from. Also why I would never buy one.

  • Matt

    That ‘winglet’ front bumper styling element on the gold car seems to be very on-trend at present. Opel Astra says hello.

  • alexxx

    so..why is wv showing us pictures of old golf?


  • Dennis James

    These electronic gimmicks become obsolete so rapidly that I actually value cars that don’t have them. Custom software that either never gets updated or it is updated for a year or two then you are stuck with it for maybe another 5 years or so. The consumer would benefit much more from a (cheaper) car that does the car thing well and let the connected stuff to be handled by easily updatable devices like smartphones, phablets or tablets. I really appreciate the Google Android Auto shift that allows the software to be run and be displayed entirely onto the smartphone/tablet. The car should just allow complete integration with 3rd party electronic devices.

  • I guess that means the US won’t get it for 3 years and we will only get the puny 6.5″ screen & cheap decontented versions…

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  • MarketAndChurch

    really happy to see accent plastic molding across the bottom and on the fenders dissappear. I hope we see this come to every car in this segment. I mean, I don’t mind them on something like the Volvo V90 Cross Country, but it’s sort of a tired look, and would look even better if only one or two competitors had them.

  • Vassilis

    Cool. Love the Active Info display!

  • SteersUright

    Do they even try to make the Golf look good? It couldn’t be more generic. For all the qualities of the Gti, I can’t bring myself to get excited over something that is supposed to be an amazing driver’s car and looks like a crossover/mini-van. At least give the Gti and R some wider fenders with wider tracks, and more aggressive headlight & front bumper combo. For now, this is a pass for me.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    did they axe the GTD?!

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