2017 Volkswagen Golf Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$13,567 - $22,438
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 35 HWY
Horsepower
170
Seats
5
Color:  Tornado Red
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$13,567 - $22,438
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25 City / 35 HWY
Horsepower
170
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.2 Overall Score
Performance 4.4 Comfort 4.2 Styling 4.3 Value 4.0

Editor's Overview

Once a simple, unassuming hatchback, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf line has grown to include an all-electric e-Golf, two high-performance trims (GTI and R) and a wagon. Although the fuel-economy champ TDI diesel is no longer offered, the Golf TSI’s standard 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine returns highway fuel economy in the 35-mpg range and is a rather peppy performer.

Volkswagen Golf Models & Trims

S $13,567 - $17,540
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Wolfsburg Edition $14,289 - $18,366
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE $16,513 - $20,384
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SEL $18,169 - $22,438
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S Sport $13,567 - $17,540
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SE Sport $16,513 - $20,384
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
SEL Sport $18,169 - $22,438
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Base $13,567 - $17,540
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: 5
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 18 X 7.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.67

43 Reviews

5 star 72% 4 star 26% 3 star 0% 2 star 2% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

My car is very good on mileage and has been trustworthy for me.

I like the up to date electronics like apple carplay, stereo and speakers (fender audio), speed and feel of the drive. I have a golf r, so I really like the all wheel drive and the transmission. It has great gas mileage for a quick car.. I dislike how loud it can be and the low profile tires that blew out over bumps at under 10,000 miles on them. I lost 2 tires within days of each other..

- Lynne B

Why you do not need a SUV.

Car is great d moving items that you do not quite need a truck for, not restricted by the opening between the passenger cabin and the trunk as you are with a traditional car. The features on the models are exceptional— heated leatherette seats, fender Audio make it seems like a customized car despite being off the lot.

- Allison R

Very reliable small SUV.

Car is very reliable, excellent in icy conditions and using all season radials and going up a very steep hill. Seats are very comfortable, has safety features that help me in traffic. The car has solid riding comfort. The radio is clear and of good quality. Price was fair for the vehicle.

- Susan L

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$13,567 - $17,540
$14,289 - $18,366

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8T 4 Cylinder Turbocharged
1.8T 4 Cylinder Turbocharged
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Not Available
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.2 (in.)
41.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.4 (in.)
38.4 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.6 (in.)
35.6 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.1 (in.)
38.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Standard
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P225/40HR18
P225/40HR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.8 (in.)
103.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.8 (ft.)
35.8 (ft.)

Length

Length
167.5 (in.)
167.5 (in.)

Width

Width
70.8 (in.)
70.8 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2963 - 3023 (.lbs)
2963 - 3023 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Torque

Torque
184 (ft. lbs.)
184 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Standard
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 (gal.)
13.2 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
30 (mpg)
30 (mpg)

City

City
25 (mpg)
25 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
35 (mpg)
35 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Not Available
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Standard

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
Not Available
Standard

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Overall
  • Front
  • Side
  • Rollover
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (2)

Air Bags > Frontal > Driver Side Inflator Module Dec 28, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 28, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V955000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2017 Audi A7, A4, A6, Volkswagen Golf and Tiguan vehicles and 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles for driver frontal air bags, passenger frontal air bags or head air bags that may not deploy properly. Additionally, certain 2017 Audi Q7, A4 Sedan, A4 Allroad, and 2018 Audi Q5 vehicles are being recalled because the seat belt pretensioners may not activate properly.
Consequence:
In the event of a crash, if the air bags and/or the seat belt pretensioners do not inflate or function properly, the vehicle occupants have an increased risk of injury.
Remedy:
Volkswagen and Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected air bags and seat belt pretensioners, free of charge. The recall began April 2017. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 or Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
Steering > Column Locking > Anti-theft Device Jul 10, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 10, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V464000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf and Golf Sportwagen vehicles. The build of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition while the vehicle shift lever is not in "Park." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Consequence:
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. Volkswagen issued owners an interim notification on August 10, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37L5.

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