2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Reviews

The critics have had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI, and they all agree: this sporty hatch has a lot to praise. When you go through their first drive reviews, you’ll be tempted to make this new car your own for you cruises around Santa Monica and West Hollywood. Learn all about how the new Golf GTI performed on the first drive reviews, then meet us from Los Angeles to take it on a test drive for your own review today!

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Critics Rave About All that the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Offers

There’s a lot to love about the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, even before you start the engine. A versatile cargo-carrier with tons of modern infotainment technology and plush seating, the Golf GTI is sure to win over your heart.

Standing Out Among Competitors

Long loved in Europe, hatchbacks are now in the rise on the U.S., meaning there are more models being carried over for drivers to choose from. So does the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI stand out? Well experts certainly think so.

At Motortrend, a critic writes, “The Volkswagen Golf GTI continues to offer an excellent blend of driving enjoyment and practicality wrapped in a package that feels more expensive than it actually is. We gave the Golf GTI the win in a/cars/volkswagen/gti/2015/comparison-four-fun-sporty-runabouts-under-30000/">our-car comparison testthat also included the previous generation Honda Civic Si, Mini Hardtop Cooper S and Subaru Impreza WRX because of its combination of speed, agility, refinement and affordability.“

Why the Volkswagen Golf GTI?

If you’re shopping among the VW Golf family, it’s likely you already know that the award winning hatchback has been around for decades and stays just as popular. The GTI is priced slightly higher to compensate for its sporty handling and agility that’s reminiscent of the track.

Over/volkswagen/golf-gti/2017/review/">Edmunds, a reviewer notes the justification for the Volkswagen Golf GTI variant: “Take a drive in a 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI, and you'll quickly realize why this car has been so popular. Like the Golf upon which it is based, the Golf GTI offers plenty of practicality and near-luxury cabin materials. But that's where these siblings split. The Golf is all about fuel efficiency and competitive pricing, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI ups the ante with a punchy engine, a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission and stylish upholstery.”

And at Car and Driver, the VW Golf GTI wins an award for standing the test of time: “The Golf GTI is the progenitor of the hot-hatch genre, and age has not dulled its abilities—and so we name it a 10Best winner.”

Features to Love

What makes the Volkswagen Golf GTI such a thrilling car to drive? An upgraded engine and a generous interior make the jump from affordable commuter to thrilling car when you go for this performer designed to make your California drives a lot more fun.

  • Performance: Under the hood, a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine develops an impressive 220 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. You’ll see up to 32 mpg highway** and 24 mpg city** with this engine that’s paired with a 6-speed DSG transmission or 6-speed manual transmission.

  • VW Car-Net App-Connect: You can manage all of your audio controls and sync your smartphone with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on one central system located on a touchscreen display.

  • Panoramic Sunroof: Why block the California sunshine when you can slide open the shade or tilt and slide open the sunroof to open up the cabin for a brighter ride?

  • High Performance Brakes: You’ll notice behind the hubcaps that red brake calipers signal the high performance brakes that will bring maximum stopping power to your vehicle each and every time you need it.

  • Interior Comfort: Leather seating offers you plush comfort, and you can start the engine with the press of a button as long as you have your smart key fob on you.

  • Fender Premium Audio: An 8-speaker sound system gives you peak sound quality to enjoy your entertainment in the production level that it was meant to be heard.

Give the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Your Own Review Today

Meet us at Volkswagen Santa Monica for a test drive of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI today. We’re located at 2440 Santa Monica Blvd., a quick trip for those in West Hollywood and Los Angeles. You can give us a call at 855-975-9688 or contact us online to set up an appointment or find out more information about this vehicle. Don’t wait to see how it will transform your Downtown Los Angeles commutes today!

**EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.