Don’t let its compact size fool you. The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a peppy, sporty hatchback that boasts performance, refinement, and fun all rolled into one. It’s everything from the perfect everyday urban commuter to the versatile, turbocharged adventurer, making the Golf GTI this year’s hatchback to buy.
Small Car, Large Cargo Area
The great thing about the 2017 VW Golf GTI is that it is a compact car, which is ideal for navigating the city every day. However, its cargo area is also one of the biggest in its class, giving you the best of both worlds.
In fact, the Golf GTI boasts a maximum 52.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded flat. That’s impressive! With the rear seats upright, you’ll still enjoy 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space — more than enough for your groceries and gear.
Despite the Golf GTI’s compact size, occupants will experience a comfortable ride regardless of who calls shotgun. The car’s front seats offer ample comfort and support, even during long road trips, and rear-seat passengers have plenty of shoulder room, legroom, and headroom.
When you need a small car capable of whipping along city streets and parking in those tight spots, but you still need room to accommodate friends and family, the Golf GTI delivers.
There’s a Brawny Engine Under the Hood
Given the 2017 Golf GTI’s status as a hot hatch, it may come as no surprise that this little car packs a punch. Not only does it offer sharp steering and handling, but its acceleration is brisk enough to make you forget you’re driving a compact.
The base Golf GTI comes with a 210-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-liter engine coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. You can upgrade to a six-speed automatic for an additional cost, and either one is just as fun to drive as the other. If you prefer even more horsepower, step up to the Sport trim with its 10 extra horses, upgraded brakes, and torque-sensing, limited-slip differential.
Volkswagen Included the Latest Safety Features
Every 2017 Golf GTI comes standard with a slew of safety features, including traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, a rearview camera, and multiple air bags. You’ll also get a post-crash braking system that automatically applies the brakes after impact to help avoid secondary crashes.
Best of all, Volkswagen’s Car-Net emergency telematics system comes standard. This suite features roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, remote vehicle access, geo-fencing, and stolen vehicle location. Upper trims throw in blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, and lane departure warning.
In crash tests, the 2017 VW Golf GTI has done extremely well. It received a full five stars for overall crash protection in government tests and the highest score of Good from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. No matter which way you look at it, this peppy little car is a winner.
Don’t just take our word for it. Stop by Leith Volkswagen of Cary to test-drive the new Volkswagen Golf GTI for yourself.