Volkswagen has revealed a raft of changes to the Golf range for 2017. The updates for the Volkswagen Golf will feature across the range, including the hatchback, estate and sporty derivatives like the GTI and GTE.

On the outside, there are new front and rear bumpers, and new front wings.  New halogen headlights now feature LED daytime running lights and full LED headlights will also be available for the first time.  Full LED tail lights will now come as standard and the top-of-the-range version of the full LED tail lights will have animated flowing indicators. There will also be new alloy wheel designs and colours.

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The cabin has been updated with new decorative materials and infotainment systems

The cabin has some new decorative trim panels in the doors, the dash panel and the centre console, as well as new seat covers. The complete range of infotainment systems has been redesigned and fitted with larger touchscreens from 6.5″ to 9.2″. Top of the range models with the ‘Discover Pro’ system can be operated by gesture control, which is a first for the compact class.

In terms of equipment, the Active Info Display, first seen in the new Tiguan SUV, is also now available as an option in the new Volkswagen Golf. City Emergency Braking features with new Pedestrian Monitoring function, as well as the new Traffic Jam Assist (partially automated driving at speeds of up to 60 km/h) and Emergency Assist.

Volkswagen is adding a new turbocharged petrol engine to the Golf range in 2017. The ‘1.5 TSI Evo’ produces 150hp and also features Active Cylinder Management (ACT) to make it more efficient. This engine will be followed by a BlueMotion version producing 130hp.

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There are new engines and more driver assistance systems added to the new Volkswagen Golf range

The Volkswagen Golf GTI will get a boost in power from 220hp to 230hp in the new range, and power has been upped to 245hp in the Golf GTI Performance.

A newly developed 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox will gradually replace all 6-speed DSGs in the Golf range with the promise of improved efficiency.

Caroline Kidd