11 November 2016

VW reveals updated Golf

An update for 2017 to the Volkswagen Golf was unveiled at the company's Wolfsburg HQ yesterday, writes Brian Byrne, showing changes to the style, new engine technology, and a new connectivity/infotainment system with a screen almost the size of an iPad.

Visual changes include new bumpers, headlights, full LED rear lights as standard, and new alloy wheels.

There's a new 1.5 turbocharged petrol engine with variable active cylinder management and outputting 150hp, and an upcoming 130hp Bluemotion version with ACT and a 'coasting' feature which totally shuts down the engine in certain running conditions.

Available semi-autonomous technologies to the Golf for the first time include a combination of lane assist and active cruise control to allow the vehicle operate the car in stop-and-go traffic at speeds of up to 60km/h.

VW says also that a new 7-speed automatic will be replacing all 6-speed units over time.

In Germany, the updated Golf is starting at the same price as the 2016 version.

A range-increased e-Golf will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.