2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI - Price, Photos, Reviews & Features

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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI


City 24 MPG Hwy 34 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    5 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    4 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

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Overall Rating:
5 (out of 5)
Value 4.8
Exterior 4.7
Interior 4.8
Comfort 4.6
Performance 4.9
Reliability 4.8
GTI Sport: Well worth the upgrade from the S

by Jake from San Jose, CA | July 09, 2020

If you can find the Sport trim on the 2017 GTI, I can’t recommend it enough. Boost in horsepower, upgraded brake system, upgraded differential and dynamic bi-xenon headlights easily make the upgrade from the standard GTI S a no-brainer. By far and away the best car I’ve owned.

Great Car for Great Value!

by SL20GTI from Providence, RI | June 24, 2020

Although I purchased this car and have not yet taken delivery, this will be my third VW and have driven several other GTI's (including the one I am waiting to have delivered). One of the major reasons I have stuck loyal with VW is the bundle of performance, comfort, affordability, and reliability. Yes, there are production cars that will beat the GTI in all of these categories, but where one of these cars boasts it lacks in another area. For the GTI, it is a very well-rounded package! I could go on and on about specifics of the car, but I feel the easiest way to get an idea or feel for this vehicle, is to go hands-on playing through the ins and outs of the car, every feature and option, including the interior, exterior, and driving. Then, go into any other comparable car and count how many times you say to yourself "well the GTI had that..." Before reading on, please note that I live in New England and although I have spent most of my life (winters more specifically) driving FWD cars, AWD is certainly a "nice to have." In my opinion, the biggest flaw of this vehicle, is the lack of AWD on the standard GTI trim levels. YES, you could upgrade to the Golf R, but if you are simply looking for AWD without an extra 100 horsepower, then it may be very difficult to justify the extra $$ you will be dishing out. I rated the exterior styling as average, not because I dislike it, but because VW certainly did not go to any extent to make the car flashy or over-styled. Although the appearance is fairly basic, it is still aggressively styled. I would love to be able to say more about this car, but without having more seat and hands-on time, I feel as though I have given all I have to offer. Definitely go and test drive a GTI and find out why it is such a hot-selling car!

I've owned many VWs, but this is my favorite yet

by Kyle W from Manhattan, IL | June 07, 2020

So to start this off, I own a 2017 VW GTI in SE trim, with the performance package, 6 speed manual transmission, and leather interior. I bought it used with 28,000 miles. I use it as a daily driver for my hour long commute to work and occasionally take it to the local racetrack for track days. As a commuter car, it's ride is a little harsh because of the performance pack's stiffer springs, but that helps with the racing and overall it is still very comfortable. When driving reasonably I have peaked with 48.7 miles per gallon AVERAGE (WITHOUT HAVING AN ECO MODE!) over a one hour and 15 minute drive, but in the 6,000 miles ive owned the car (including racing), my overall average for ownership is right at 32mpg. As for performance goes, it is NOT a straight line speed car. Its much quicker than you would expect it to be, beating some r/t and 392 v8 chargers/challengers on quick 'zero to speed limit' pulls, but again without modification its not spectacularly fast. But this car is AMAZING for cornering, that is hands down where you will have the most fun in this car. I still have the OEM Hankook tires on it and even though they're a basic all season, this car has some phenomenal grip. Normal highway onramps and offramps you can reasonably do double, sometimes close to triple the recommended speed. Maintenance is typical german car standard; expect routine maintenance to be reasonable, but big jobs will be a lot more expensive than American or Asian cars of similar style. The upside though is if you keep up with regular maintenance, you should have very few problems. Change your oil religiously to oem standards and you'll avoid many problems as so many systems on the engine are run off oil pressure, including the timing which is very important for VW engines. The interior is very understated and everything has a place, all of the materials feel very nice and well made. The infotatiment has quite a few options and features, it's definitely worth taking some time to learn it. Overall it is very intuitive and easy to navigate. Android auto/Apple car play is not wireless on this model year, but works phenomenal and I have grown to only use that for my media and navigation. Being a 2017, this is offered with drive modes and normally the GTI has Eco, Normal, Sport, and Custom. Being a performance pack you get Big brakes, stiffer suspension, a few more horsepower, and a sport display including various temperature gauges, a g force gauge, and a boost gauge. The performance package GTI does NOT have an eco mode, but in Normal mode its still very efficient. The drive modes change throttle response, engine noise, steering response, and suspension feel. Honestly, I'd buy this car over and over again if given the chance. If you're considering it, go drive one and take some corners quickly, you'll fall in love. Its practical, reasonably quick, and very very easy to live with every day.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Overview


The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes as a 2- or 4-door hatchback. It competes with the Ford Focus Mazda Mazda3, and Hyundai Veloster. This year, the Golf GTi has simplified its trim levels and added a new Sport trim. Now standard for the Sport and higher trim levels is the Performance Package, which includes larger brakes, a limited-slip differential, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, and Bi-Xenon headlights.

Three trims are available for the 4-Door GTI: the S, Sport, and SE.

The 2-Door GTI only has an S trim.

The Golf GTI is subtly distinguishable from the regular Golf. The most immediate difference is the thin red stripe running across the grille and headlights on the GTI. The front grille and fascia have a unique honeycomb-mesh pattern. The front fascia also has aggressive-looking strakes on its outer air vents. LED front fog lights, power/heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, a dual pipe exhaust system, and 18-inch alloy wheels come standard.

Under the hood, the Golf GTI is powered by a standard 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or dual clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD). Fuel economy for the Golf GTI is an EPA-estimated 24/34 mpg city highway.

Inside, the Golf GTI has a premium cloth interior with plaid-pattern seats and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The center stack features a standard MIB II infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a USB port. It can be upgraded with an integrated navigation system and a Fender premium audio system. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, power windows/locks, remote keyless entry, and heated front seats. Leather upholstery, a power moonroof, automatic dimming rearview mirror, power front seats, and push-button start are also available.

Standard safety features include a backup camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and Volkswagen’s post-collision braking system. The available Driver Assistance System includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, a blindspot monitoring system, rear traffic alert, front and rear park assist, and lane departure warning.