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The Volkswagen Golf is well-known as a leading compact car on the market today. It’s a capable vehicle that comes in many different shapes and types. The car’s quick too, with plenty of interior amenities that you would have to pay extra for with many other compact cars. It’s because of all those perks and more that the Volkswagen Golf was voted as the Best Small Car in 2017 according to New York Daily News Autos. It’s a great honor to earn such an award and it’s not easy to obtain either. There was plenty of stiff competition the Golf had to come up against.
How the Cars Were Ranked
The ranking process for all the 2017 vehicles was a stringent one that called on a full panel of 8 different journalists to look over a wide selection of 2017 car models. The vehicles came from a selection of 16 different categories, and the reviewers were asked to look the options over in the order they would recommend them out to friends, family or co-workers.
Why the Top Spot?
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf managed to take the top sport for Best Small Car in 2017 because it’s fun to drive in all its formats, it’s fitted with the latest tech, it comes in a wide variety of shapes and types, and it just has more to offer than most other small vehicles on the market.
Christian Wardlaw, the Editor of the ?New York Daily News Autos said that “No other small car touches the depth and breadth of purpose found within the Golf family” and “That it is fun to drive even in its most basic format and supplies all kinds of utility simply serves to cement the Golf’s superiority.”
Whether you want a pretty basic compact sedan, a hatchback with more storage space, or a performance car, you can find each of those things in the Golf family.
About the Golf
The Volkswagen Golf comes with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder gas engine that’s turbocharged with direct-injection technology and puts out a total of 170 HP. That’s a lot of power for a compact vehicle like the Golf, and that’s just at the base level. The car comes with either manual or automatic transmission, comes in a variety of form factors, gets pretty decent fuel efficiency with 25 MPG city and 36 MPG highway and just has a lot to offer to drivers looking for a small vehicle overall.
There’s a lot of new changes coming down the pipeline for Volkswagen in 2017, and as a fan of the brand it makes sense to stay on top of what’s coming up. Here’s an overview of what enhancements you’ll see in the Volkswagen lineup, what’s pretty much staying the same and what new releases are going to come out in 2018.
The Volkswagen Golf is going to benefit from a bunch of new changes this year, making it worth taking a look at if you’re planning on getting a new compact vehicle. The car will be offered with a Wolfsburg Edition trim. The GTI variation will now come with the Sport trim as well, giving you more power options to choose from. The e-Golf is receiving more power and a range enhancement and the Golf model is going to receive a whole host of updates in 2018 with an improved model.
The Volkswagen Beetle is always one of the more reserved vehicles that don’t receive too many changes in a model year. This year a Pink limited edition Beetle is being added for buyers to consider. There’s also going to be more aggressive bumpers on the 1.8T models of the Beetle.
The Tiguan gets a whole host of changes for the 2017 year of the vehicle. It will now come standard with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine across the whole range of vehicle. There’s a Wolfsburg and Sport trim of the vehicle available now, additional standard features were added to the vehicle and both the R-Line and SE trims were removed entirely.
While many VW vehicles are sitting still, the Passat is receiving a host of changes. The R-Line trim is getting more standard features, and both auto braking and forward collision warning are becoming standard throughout the lineup.
The Touareg is a popular SUV sold by Volkswagen and it’s getting some notable changes in 2017. For starters there will no longer be a Lux trim version of the vehicle, and a Wolfsburg trim option has been added. Just like the Passat it’s getting standard auto braking and forward collision warning. The vehicle will also be completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, so keep your eyes opened for that.
Overall this is a year for some notable changes to the Volkswagen lineup, but the 2018 model year is the one with the most dramatic changes on the way. There will be a new model for the Touareg, Tiguan, and the Golf.
There aren’t any figures on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf yet, but the automaker is hoping to come out with a bang. The latest model is set to debut in November, and Volkswagen is pulling out all the stops to make it as efficient as possible. It’s likely that the Golf will achieve mileage figures that helps it compete with Prius vehicles, something that most automakers don’t even try to do today.
At least one of the variations of the 2018 Golf is expected to come with a 1.0 liter three-cylinder engine. The engine will be enhanced by an electric-powered supercharger as well as an electric generator. The vehicle is shooting for fuel efficiency figures around the 60 MPG mark, and if the automaker manages to achieve such figures, it would certainly stand out as a more environmentally conscious brand than before.
High Tech Gesture Controls
Volkswagen showed off gesture controls with its Golf R Touch concept vehicle back at CES 2015, and now it’s likely that those gesture controls are going to be introduced on the 2018 Golf. With the system in place, it would be possible to open and close the sunroof, adjust the temperature, change radio stations and do a whole lot more without using any buttons at all. Instead simple gestures are used as input and make necessary changes to the system.
New Media Display
Volkswagen is also planning on replacing the standard media setup with a much more robust 12.3-inch LED panel that’s similar to Audi’s virtual cockpit. This setup might not be used on all Golf models, but would certainly offer interested buyers with a more exciting media experience and a more technical vehicle overall.
The Volkswagen Golf is the most popular vehicle offered by the Automaker and it’s sure to come out with a serious bang in November. While nobody has gotten a good look at what Volkswagen is up to, everyone is excited about what the latest compact car is going to bring to the market. Will it be as revolutionary as everyone is saying? You’ll just have to wait and see.
Volkswagen is beginning to understand that consumers aren’t interested in complicated. They like simple options that they can pick from, with results that are easy to predict. That’s exactly why the automaker is beginning to limit the options available to Golf buyers, there were simply too many of them in the past. Not only that, but Volkswagen is also making the vehicle more affordable to purchase, at least by a small amount.
Simpler Golf Choices
Choosing a Golf used to mean choosing from a bunch of different variations, but Volkswagen is downsizing and streamlining a bit to make that whole process simpler. If you decide that you want the standard Golf, you can pick from the hatchback four door version, or the Wolfsburg four door version of the car if you aren’t willing to pre-order and wait for the model to be finished. If you are willing to pre-order, you can also get the SE and SEL models of the Golf.
Need the GTI SE or Autobahn for Performance
If you’re interested in getting the high performance variation of the Golf GTI, you actually have to purchase the SE or Autobahn editions of that vehicle now. The Performance Package isn’t available to owners of the GTI S at all, but that package comes as a standard feature set on either of the other two models mentioned up above.
More Affordable Golf Models
Both the Golf S and the GTI SE models are more affordable than they once were when purchased from Volkswagen. The Golf S is $280 lower than last year’s listing, and the GTI SE will cost consumers around $225 less than it did for 2016. Those aren’t huge drops, but when the cost of so many other vehicles is climbing upward, it’s nice to see at least one that’s headed in the other direction.
Why Volkswagen is Simplifying its Offerings
Volkswagen started to realize that it was offering just a few too many options to Golf buyers, and the automaker is hoping that by simplifying options, and adding more features as standard in the higher level vehicles, it can close more sales. Buyers won’t have to do as much research or worry that they are purchasing the wrong variation, and that simpler process will hopefully cause more people to actually make the purchase.