The big news for 2017 is the elimination of the two-door option and the consolidation of the lineup to just two choices, the base S trim and the more upscale Wolfsburg Edition. Gone are the SE, top of the line SEL, and Driver Assistance Packages.
The Golf comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, regardless of trim. VW paired the engine with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, but a six-speed automatic is available for an extra $1,100. The EPA ratings come in at 29 combined, which makes the Golf an economical choice.
Beyond basic safety features like antilock brakes, stability control, and traction control, Volkswagen added hill hold assist and a rearview camera as standard. The Wolfsburg Edition trim takes safety to the next level, adding forward collision mitigation with automatic braking, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and cross-traffic alert.
The base Golf S starts at $19,895 and the Wolfsburg Edition bumps the starting price up to $21,595.