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Volkswagen has launched the revised Golf – the first compact car to feature gesture control and other premium segment technology.
The Golf’s facelift features new engines, enhanced design and new assistance systems. Another important focus of this 2017 model year is a completely new generation of infotainment systems. The range of online services and apps is also growing.
This update to the Golf sets a new standard for assistance systems in the compact class. The car offers technologies such as City Emergency Braking with new Pedestrian Monitoring function, as we take further steps to eradicate accidents.
The new Traffic Jam Assist offers partially automated driving at speeds of up to 60 km/h, to make driving in slow-moving traffic easier. Emergency Assist, which brings the vehicle to a stop in the event of driver unresponsiveness, is another first in this segment, and dramatically improves safety.
The 2017 Golf is powered by an enhanced EA211 TSI engine family. The first is a new turbocharged petrol engine, the 1.5 TSI Evo, offers a 150 PS four-cylinder turbo with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT).
This will be followed by a BlueMotion version producing 130 PS. Volkswagen has also boosted the performance of the Golf GTI engine to 230 PS (245 PS for the GTI Performance) and a new 7-speed DSG (dual clutch gearbox) will gradually replace the 6-speed DSG as a high-efficiency gearbox for the Golf.
The 1.5 TSI Evo with 130 PS offers an extended coasting function when the engine is deactivated – completely shutting down the TSI when the driver releases the accelerator.
Design modifications include new bumpers at the front and rear, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, new full LED headlights instead of xenon headlights, new front wings, new full LED tail lights – which come as standard for every version of the Golf – as well as new wheels and colours.
The interior of the 2017 model year Golf is finished off with refined new decorative trims and fabrics. The range of equipment versions of the Golf remains unchanged.
The redesigned infotainment system features a sophisticated new design with larger touchscreens. The Golf’s Active Info Display is a fully digital instrument cluster with numerous interactive functions. All of the instruments are displayed virtually on the 12.3-inch colour display.
The navigation information can be displayed in 2D or 3D. Its resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels enables extremely precise and sophisticated interactive display of all the details. The Active Info Display is available as an optional extra for all versions of the Golf, as an alternative to analogue instruments.
The Discover Pro system is now performed by gesture and touch controls as well as voice control. All it takes is a swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items left or right, allowing the driver to scroll through the main menu, change radio stations, flip through the playlist or browse through the Picture Viewer and albums in the media library (CoverFlow).
A 'light flare' indicates which options can be operated by gesture control and operation is supported by visual interactive feedback. Successful swipes are also confirmed by a sound effect, which can be deactivated.
The key serves as your ID. The individual settings for a driver are stored in a user account, which is saved by the vehicle. Drivers can open the user management menu to activate their individual user account, and thus implement their individual settings. Drivers simply identify themselves using their car key, which takes place when the Golf is unlocked. This activates initial settings such as adjusting the seat position on the driver's side, which can now be saved using the memory function.