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Lowdown on the latest Volkswagen Golf facelift

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VW Golf 2017

With tweaked styling, new eco engine and more active safety, here is the latest Volkswagen Golf.

The post-facelift 2017 Volkswagen Golf has been premiered in preparation for its arrival in estate and five- and three-door hatchback form next April. The mid-life changes aim to boost the competitiveness of what is already Europe’s best-selling car ahead of a new eighth-generation version in 2019.

The facelifted seventh-gen 2017 Volkswagen Golf has undergone subtle styling alterations and is said to boast upgraded interior features and a new four-cylinder 1.5 turbocharged petrol engine. The pricing of the updated Golf has not yet been announced, although officials at Volkswagen have hinted that the price tag is likely to be higher than the basic £17,625 as a result of higher equipment levels.

The design of the Volkswagen Golf

The exterior of the facelifted Golf has only undergone minor changes and looks almost the same as it has for the last four years. The front bumper has been lightly re-profiled and the grille and air ducts have changed slightly, whilst LED lights have replaced Xenon units. The rear bumper has also been redesigned and has integral exhaust pipes for the R-line package. Other changes include new exterior colours and wheel designs.

Inside the facelifted model

The interior of the facelifted car features revised door trims and an altered centre console and dashboard. Keeping in-line with Volkswagen’s other recent new models, the Golf gets an Active Info Display as an optional extra. Complete with its 12.3-inch HD monitor, this can be chosen instead of the standard instrument pack.

The infotainment systems of the facelifted car have undergone the most significant transformation and the new Volkswagen Golf has five optional systems. These are all touch-based and support larger screens, together with altered operating systems. The new Golf also gets the latest version of VW’s on-line services, featuring updated App Connect to allow integration with the newest versions of Apple CarPlay and others.

There are also updated and new driver assistant systems for the best-selling VW model, including Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist, Lane Assist, City Emergency Braking and Park Assist 3.0 to offer semi-autonomous parking capabilities.

Gearboxes and engines

Volkswagen has not confirmed its complete petrol engine line-up and has not revealed any details about the diesel units available in its updated seventh-gen Golf. It has, however, confirmed that an advanced new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine will be available.

The most powerful version, as seen in the 1.5 TSI Evo, will produce 148bhp and 184lb ft of torque which means that it will have a similar output to the 1.4-litre unit it replaces. Volkswagen has yet to comment on its performance but the company has said that it will improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions compared with its predecessor.

VW says that the new Volkswagen Golf with the 1.5-litre petrol engine can deliver an average of 57.7mpg and produce 110g/km of CO2, a reduction of 3.4mpg and 9k/km. For even more economy, there is a new 1.5 TSI Evo Bluemotion version with the new engine. This is tuned to produce 128bhp and 147lb ft.

This model has a coasting feature which prompts engine shut-down at times to boost economy. VW claims that this results in performance of 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions averaging at 104g/km. In comparison, the earlier 1.4-litre lower-powered version produced 123bhp and 147lb ft with fuel consumption of 54.3mpg and emissions of 120g/km.

The Golf GTE, meanwhile, keeps the same drive train, complete with a 148bhp four-cylinder 1.4-litre petrol unit and a 101bhp electric motor. This results in a combined system delivery of 258lb ft and 201bhp.

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