RACV tests Volkswagen’s updated 2017 Golf 7.5.
- The most affordable Golf now better than ever.
- Classy cabin architecture and practicality remain.
- Still among the best ride and handling dynamics in the class.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf has been designated the 7.5, as a step up from the Golf 7 rather than being all new. Interestingly, VW has focused attention on the most affordable model, the 110TSI, which is now equipped with the full-tune 110kW/250Nm, 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, replacing the 92kW version.
This model also receives Front Assist, a traffic alert system, plus autonomous emergency braking which, along with seven airbags, means a five-star EuroNCAP safety ranking. The 110TSI equipment specification has been enhanced and includes 16-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch multi-media screen and reversing camera.
A smooth clutch and gear shift action are highlights of the six-speed manual which leads the pricing at $23,990 plus on-road costs, yet there are good reasons to pay the extra $2500 for the seven-speed DSG auto. The DSG is a self-shifting manual gearbox, so you get the ease of driving an automatic with the mechanical efficiency of a manual. A government fuel figure of 5.4L/100km also shows a modest fuel economy advantage over the manual.
While the 110TSI is well equipped, buyers do not have access to the driver assistance and infotainment option packages on the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline models. Trendline has the same engine and transmission offerings and is also available in a DSG wagon from $28,990. It includes a few nice-to-have features such as automated headlights and wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors front and rear, front seat lumbar adjustment and upgraded alloy wheels. Comfortline hatch and wagon are DSG only and include dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, upgraded comfort seats, 17-inch alloys plus additional storage and trim highlights.