Meet the new facelifted 2017 VW Golf MK7 with newer technology, more fuel-efficient engines and a better DSG gearbox. The exterior remains true to the same design language but introduces subtle changes only.
The famous VW hatchback receives a set of interesting new on-board technologies like semi-autonomous systems, a completely new infotainment system and gesture control. As you might expect, the mid-life face lift did not add as much changes to the exterior, but you would be shocked at how many assist system were added with a similar price point (More on that below).
The face-lift saw the 2017 VW Golf MK7 get new refreshed LED headlight designs with sharper front and rear bumpers, new LED tail-lights and incorporated daytime running lights. Overall, the new MK7 is handsome, sharper and a tad cleaner in the aesthetics department.
The new powertrains include an all new 1.5-liter TSI petrol engine that pumps out 148-hp (150PS) with Active Cylinder Management that allows the engine to run on two cylinder only and shut the other two for better fuel economy. Then there is another more efficient Bluemotion version of the same engine that produces 128-hp (130PS) and returns a very impressive 61.4 mpg. The standard version returns 57.6 mpg.
Dr Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars said that “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,”
The 2017 VW Golf MK7 GTI’s powertrain has been revised as well with the standard version now making 226-hp and the performance version pegged at 241-hp (245PS) but that’s not all. The new gearbox is a DSG 7-Speed unit which replaces the old six-speed DSG.
Then there are the new onboard tech features which add assistance systems to help the driver, including the new Pedestrian Monitoring for Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, semi-autonomous Traffic Jam Assist, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking System, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot monitor, Park Assist, Driver Alert System, Traffic Sign recognition, Trailer Assist, Emergency Assist, trailer stabilization and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
Now that’s plenty to wrap your head around, but the new facelifted MK7 might have a system for that as well. Who knew Volkswagen would add all these features to their basic hatchback. But, there is still more.
Gone are the traditional analog gauges replaced with the new 12.3 inch VW Active digital HD instrument cluster. Moreover, the 2017 VW Golf MK7 also receives a completely new generation of infotainment systems debuting in the Golf, which for the first time in a VW, offer gesture control. The screens measure from 6.5 to 9.2 inches in diameter depending on the model.
To get that huge 9.2-inch infotainment screen, you would have to tick the range topping ‘Discover Pro’ option which no longer has traditional buttons. Instead, it used a set of capacitive panels under a glass surface. Touch, gesture and voice control can all be used to individually configure the home screen according to the driver liking.
Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management mentioned that “The main focus is on a completely new generation of infotainment and connectivity. No other compact car is smarter, safer or more interconnected,” He also included the fact that VW is recovering from the Dieselgate “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.”
Expect the new 2017 VW Golf MK7 to go on sale next December with similar prices to the current MK7 lineup despite the humongous list of updates and assortments. The new e-Golf is also expected to be seen at the LA Auto Show.