Is The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Right For You?

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Steve Cypher is a contributing writer for CarsDirect.com and Senior Editor for Lotpro.com. When not covering the latest automotive news or reviewing vehicles, Steve calls upon his years of experience selling cars to explain the car buying process and all things subprime at AutoCreditExpress.com.


, Contributing Writer - June 28, 2017

With conservative styling and a nicely-finished upscale interior, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf is a rung or two above most offerings in its class. Those attributes, along with a smooth ride, excellent fuel economy, and solid handling, make the 2017 Volkswagen Golf a top pick in the compact segment.

Volkswagen Golf

Right For

Singles

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf is an ideal car for singles. With four doors, friends can easily get in and out of the back seat, where two can ride in comfort and three in a pinch. Its compact dimensions mean city parking is a snap, while the hatchback body style maximizes versatility. To top it off, it's one of the most entertaining vehicles to drive in its class.

Value Oriented

An S model equipped with the standard 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission starts at $20,715, while the automatic transmission is an additional $1,100. Standard equipment includes 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows, locks, and mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, a leather-wrapped handbrake and shifter, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a 6.5-inch color touchscreen. An additional $1,700 for the Wolfsburg model nets you a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition with push-button start, leatherette seats (heated in front), automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, larger 16-inch alloy wheels, plus some key safety features. Get the Wolfsburg – it's a remarkable bargain.

Commuters

The Golf's suspension does a nice job of absorbing both minor road imperfections as well as larger potholes. A near-premium interior features comfortable, supportive seats, along with easy-to-read gauges and clear sightlines for the driver. There is some tire noise at freeway speeds, but overall the interior is quiet for the class. Finally, the turbo offers impressive acceleration, making merging and passing on freeways effortless.

The Eco Conscious

When equipped with an automatic transmission, the Volkswagen Golf delivers an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city, 35 on the highway, and 29 combined. Our observed fuel economy was 35.36 mpg in a mix of city and highway driving. While hardly hybrid-like, that's an impressive number for a vehicle that's as fun to drive as the Golf.

Volkswagen Golf

Wrong For

Families

Volkswagen's Golf probably qualifies as a family car – it certainly does in Europe – but that's only for a family of four or less. Over here, buyers will find that it lacks the passenger space most families are used to and it also comes up short when compared to the cargo capacity and family-hauling versatility of a high-riding crossover SUV.

Safety Focused

Advanced safety features are a mixed bag with the latest Golf. A rearview camera is standard as is VW's Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (designed to hold the brakes in the event of a crash to limit the chances of additional damage). Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are part of the optional Wolfsburg package. But lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and radar-based cruise control are not available at all.

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Volkswagen Golf

, Contributing Writer

Steve Cypher is a contributing writer for CarsDirect.com and Senior Editor for Lotpro.com. When not covering the latest automotive news or reviewing vehicles, Steve calls upon his years of experience selling cars to explain the car buying process and all things subprime at AutoCreditExpress.com.