2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI West Chester PA
Some might say one of the least exciting segments to shop is the compact car. Practical, efficient and oh-so-dull, it’s the economy shopper’s place to browse on a budget. Just because you don’t require much space, you don’t necessarily want a bare-bones gas-saver to get you through your commute. Which isn’t to say the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI available in West Chester PA doesn't sip on fuel, as its EPA-estimated 24 city and 34 highway mpg rating highlights, but it’s also a fun model you’ll be proud to drive.
So what makes the Golf GTI different? You’ll notice right away when you glimpse the red accent line running through the headlights and along the grille that it isn’t your standard introduction to the lineup. This model has a long history of appealing to enthusiasts, and that’s because it’s a step up in power, performance and style, while keeping all the elements that make it a practical option. Simply put, it’s a little bit of everything, while still being an affordable option to purchase and drive.
Sporty exteriors with eco-friendly and uninspired powertrains are becoming a trend, and one not everyone is thrilled with. The Golf GTI isn’t a sheep in wolves’ clothing with a 2.0-liter turbo four that delivers an impressive 210 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque in the base model.
In a tech-savvy world, you want a bit of everything when it comes to standard features. You’ll get the basics like cruise control and full power features, along with LED foglights, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with App-Connect, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and heated front seats.
Not to get all practical, but space is always a concern and a primary reason to choose a hatchback as your performance option. The Golf GTI has 93.5 cubic feet of passenger space while still offering up a total of 22.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which expands to 52.7 cubic feet with seats folded.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a well-rounded hatchback
When all is said and done, those who buy a 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI aren’t entirely letting off the reigns when it comes to buying a practical option. It’s budget-friendly, still manages to seat five and it has plenty of cargo space. Is it a sport’s car? No, but it isn’t mean to be. It slots in as a well-rounded model that you can be proud to show off to your enthusiast friends without seeming like you’re simply fulfilling your childhood dream of owning a fun car. Although, there are many who do have this model at the top of their "dream car" wish list.
Stylistically, the GTI is a crowd pleaser. The front end flaunts a honeycomb mesh grille book-ended between slatted LED foglights, while a red accent strip runs through the grille to highlight the VW logo and slim, angular headlights. The interior receives equal treatment with Clark Plaid seating, ambient door trim lighting and chrome accents contrasting against a primarily black interior.
Performance-wise, the Golf GTI has basically earned its name and kept its reputation by being a step above the standard Golf. It’s an upgrade for those who love to start their car just to listen to the sound of the engine. All but the base model also receive the previous Performance Package as new standard features for 2017, meaning a VAQ limited-slip front differential, larger vented front and rear disc brakes and a small horsepower boost up to 220hp.
Find out if the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI is the right choice for you stop by Garnet Volkswagen to take it for a test drive.