As you probably know, in November VW unveiled the last form of their timeless classic. I am talking, of course, about the new Golf. To be honest, this isn’t a brand new car. In fact, what Volkswagen gave us is a restyling of their iconic car.
Despite this premise, I was very curious and when they showed us the “new” german hatchback, I understood why all the journalists desperately wanted to have a test drive on that car.
|The presentation streamed from my smartphone.|
Volkswagen gave them a chance to drive it last week in a stunning location: Palma de Mallorca. Five days ago, a bunch of journalist tested this german-product on its various declinations (mostly Gti versions). The most innovative car of 2017 seems to be here and has many strings to its bow. First of all, what we see from the external perspective is a slightly visible change. It has new full led headlights, new wheels, new colors (as you can see in the first picture), new bumpers but nothing really different from the previous version.
|Andrea Galeazzi (@andreagaleazzi) is an italian test driver for automoto.it|
The inside looks very different instead. They added a super-fast infotainment called Discover Pro (2000€) which, in my opinion, is the best new feature in this restyling. It shows how all of the new cars will look in a couple of years. The 2017 Golf has a full-digital instrumentation (similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit) which is extremely customizable and it totally supports (obviously) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On the dashbord we can find an amazing 9,2 inches full touch display that has a stunning resolution.
It also has new engines:
– 1.0 TSI 85/110 bhp (the new entry level)
– 1.4 TSI 125 bhp
– 1.5 TSI 150 bhp
– 1.6 TDI 90/115 bhp
– 2.0 TDI 150/184 bhp
– 1.4 TGI 110 bhp (the cheapest in terms of fuel consumption)
|I really hate fake tailpipes|
In conclusion, I think that with this car VW has raised the level of quality of cars multimedia and I hope other car companies will accept the challenge from the germans.
What version would I buy? I would choose the TGI version because I love petrol engines and this is a good compromise beetween performances and fuel consumption (which in my Country is kind of a problem). I would definitely add the Discover Pro pack despite his price.