2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Crossover Test Drive Review

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Crossover Test Drive Review
- fun to drive, comfortable as many luxury sedans, spacious as many small SUVs, GTI’s Sport trim level $28,815 is new for 2017, iconic plaid fabric upholstery, bixenon headlights, proximity entry with push-button start, attractive 18-inch wheels, an upgraded touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

- turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, 258 lb-ft of torque, 220 horsepower, a limited-slip differential and larger brakes, standard six-speed manual transmission, zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic $1100 extra

- VW engine’s broad torque band makes the car feel responsive even in sixth gear

- light and accurate steering, taut suspension tuning limits body roll, ride is more compliant to a luxury sports sedan

- a hugely practical interior package, a capacious cargo area 23 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 53 cubes with them folded, nearly same as Tiguan small SUV

- well-sculpted rear-seat, a clear view out the side windows

- front seats are nicely bolstered, large glass areas make for excellent visibility

- infotainment system well organized and easy to operate

- won’t find another car for less than $30,000 that so deftly combines practicality and driving enjoyment

Starting Price $26,415
Vehicle Type 4 door hatchback, front engine, front wheel drive
Engine turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, direct fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed manual
Horsepower 220 hp @ 4700 rpm
Torque 258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Displacement 121 cu in, 1984 cc
Wheelbase 103.6 in
Length 168.0 in
Width 70.8 in
Height 56.8 in
Curb weight 3116 lb
Passenger volume 93 cu ft
Cargo volume 23 cu ft
0-60 mph 5.9 sec
0-100 mph 14.6 sec
Top speed 126 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 6.5 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 11.7 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 7.8 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 154 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 24/34 mpg
C/D observed 27 mpg
Pros great value, better engine, cabin space
Cons long clutch travel