2017 Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI Performance now available to order

The updated Volkswagen Golf and Golf GTI are now available to lease, with the refreshed variants featuring more advanced infotainment options, as well as an all-new ‘intelligent’ 1.5-litre petrol engine.

The existing model doesn’t look dated, but minor tweaks will keep it looking and feeling fresh in the highly competitive hatch market.

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Volkswagen Golf

2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr

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£273.60

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Initial Payment: £1,641.60

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Up front, there’s new LED headlights, while more angular bumpers and a wider front will help mark the facelifted version out. As is the Volkswagen way, when it comes to styling, it’s very much “evolution, not revolution”.

Exterior changes are minimal.

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It’s a different story on the inside however, where clever new infotainment system tech takes centre stage. Screen size has been enlarged across trim levels and, where there was once rows of buttons, there’s now “gesture control” – a first from Volkswagen, that claims it will keep driver distraction to a minimum.

A new infotainment system takes centre stage, but the Golf can also be specced with a 12.3in driver readout, which replaces traditional dials.

A 12.3in digital monitor is now available as an option to replace the traditional analogue dials, and is essentially the same system as Audi’s “Virtual Cockpit”.

While the ever-popular GTD and R sport models will use the same performance power plants, a new 1.5-litre ‘Evo’ petrol engine has been added to the line-up and features Active Cylinder Management – a system that saves power when appropriate.

The new infotainment system gets clever swipe-sensing tech, similar to an iPad.

Two versions of the new unit are available, producing 128bhp and 148bhp respectively. Both can be specified with Volkswagen’s excellent six-speed manual, too.

The tech, which has been seen before, shuts down cylinders to help increase mpg and decrease emissions without adversely affecting performance.

The new 1.5-litre 'EVO' petrol engine features cylinder deactivation technology.

As for the GTI, it still utilises the 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, but an increase of 12bhp means it’s now faster than ever, reaching 62mph from rest in 6.2 seconds and going on to a top speed of 155mph.

Following last year’s Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen has been focusing heavily on improving its environmental credentials, and this Golf is likely to be the best insight yet into the kind of powertrains we can expect to see from the company in the future.

First deliveries will commence in the opening months of 2017.

With Volkswagen claiming the new Golf “will democratise progress yet again”, it will be available to order from 2 February, with deliveries commencing in the coming months.

All versions have been updated, including the practical Golf Estate.

With list prices commencing from £17,625, a new entry-level Golf is actually over £500 less expensive than the equivalent outgoing model.

  You can look at Golf personal leases now and enquire about the new model, and find great deals on the outgoing model, too.

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