It feels like we just got the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf family here in America, but VW is already giving it some major updates. You’ll need a keen eye to spot those differences on the outside, but there are some big changes in the cabin and under the hood. Also, more power for our beloved GTI version.
The MK7 Golf family has been on sale in Europe since 2013, and today VW has revealed the European 2017 models; we will see most of these variants here as 2018 vehicles.
Obviously missing from the Golf engine lineup is the 2.0-liter TDI motor. What will be available is a 1.5-liter turbo in the Golf and the 2.0 liter TSI unit for the GTI. The 1.5 turbo makes 145 horsepower.
But the GTI gets some notable improvements. Power is up from 210 HP to 227 HP, and the Performance Package goes from 230 HP to 245 HP. That’s pretty excellent.
On the outside things get a little sharper as it looks the new LED lights are concentrating really hard on something.
The biggest upgrade on the new car is the fully digital “Active Info Display” instrumentation panel and its huge infotainment screen.
You will recognize the display unit as similar to the one in the current Audi A4. Active Info Display is will be available across all Golf variants as an upgrade over the traditional analog instrument panel.