Quick Look at the Volkswagen Golf GTI
If you are in the market for a sporty compact hatchback, look no further than the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI. This amazing car offers exceptional performance along with refined character that make it well worth a second look. This year VW decided to eliminate the two-door version of the Golf in favor of adding more features and a new Sport trim. The top of the line Autobahn trim lets you add in automatic parking and adjustable suspension dampening (choose the softer setting for those long drives and tighter settings for those twisty country roads).
The VW Golf GTI Offers Fuel Economy, Power, and More
The GTI comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that manages a very respectable 210 horsepower and produces 258 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for the Sport, SE, or Autobahn trim, your GTI will come with performance upgrades that boost power output to 220 horsepower. You can choose between the standard six-speed manual gearbox or the VW DSG six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Under testing, the GTI SEL managed to go from zero to sixty miles per hour in 6.1 seconds, which is a full second faster than the base model and beats out the Ford Focus ST at 6.4 seconds. Fast acceleration is good, but what really counts is overall fuel economy. The GTI boasts a very healthy 28 mpg combined (24/34 city/highway) for the manual gearbox and 27 mpg (24/32 city/highway for the automatic).
The GTI — Leading the Pack on the Inside
No matter how well a car performs, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts. The VW Golf GTI sets the bar when it comes to the sporty compact car class with an interior that is loaded with top-quality soft-touch materials. The interior has all the feel of a well-designed European car that blends its sporty nature with plenty of comfort. In a nod to the GTI badge, the interior is replete with bold red stitching. Whether you choose the standard cloth upholstery or upgrade to leather, you will find the body-hugging seats to be comfortable and supportive.
From the 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen with its easy to navigate menu to the conveniently placed buttons and controls, the GTI is very user-friendly. The infotainment system is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. More importantly, you can pair two smartphones via Bluetooth that lets you and a friend play DJ to create your own road trip mix. Those who opt for the SE trim will find their GTI comes with a premium audio system from Fender. The SE and Autobahn trims come with adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and more for added safety. The Autobahn also adds in front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam control, and automatic parallel parking.
To take the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI for a test drive, come on into Durham Volkswagen today or call us at (919) 493-7411 to schedule your appointment! We have a wide selection of these sporty compacts for you to choose from.