2017 Volkswagen Golf TSI Wolfsburg Edition
This is the 2017 Volkswagen Golf TSI Wolfsburg Edition. VW brings us closer to owning a practical-minded car while still having a luxury car-like experience. This car will impress you with an upscale and well-equipped interior, and turbocharged engine that’s both peppy and fuel-efficient.
Sedans for VW like the Jetta and Passat are more popular in the US, but Golf is tops throughout the rest of the world. For forty years Golf has become one of the best-selling cars of all time. Why is that important? Because you know it will be around when others go the way of the Dodo bird – consider Suzuki, Mercury, Saab, Hummer, Pontiac, Saturn, Isuzu, Oldsmobile, and Plymouth. Try to find parts for those makes or someone who is willing to work on them. Beware.
It is assembled in – Puebla, Mexico; Parts – US/Canadian 7%, Mexico 44%; Engine – Mexico, Transmission – Argentina; Classification is Compact. Cars from Volkswagen: Beetle, CC, e-Golf, Eos, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf Gti, Golf R, Golf Sportswagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan & Touareg.
Opinion / Observation:
Some noted an error in my discussion of Toll Roads recently. The point I tried to make was that, in the Eastern part of the US, you “pay to use” highways (Toll Roads). Meanwhile California’s pioneer spirited people developed ‘free’way systems.
Now we see Toll Roads popping up in California. What could be the purpose if not for raising tax revenues. I refuse to use them and suspect many others avoid them as well. Why, because our gas tax is huge and so the crooked government has found a way to double dip into our wallets. We already pay for our roads at the pumps. If that doesn’t just chap you hide I’d be surprised.
Someone must be making a lot of money out of the ‘Toll Road’ scam against California travelers.
Handling & Performance:
Golf is a solid performer especially with the Turbo engine. Handling of course is easy largely because of size.
Design is typical VW today and is much like the VW Beetle of the 1960s – basic transportation look and feel.
Fit and Finish:
Very well assembled that is expected and delivered.
There is so much value for the money in cars like this Golf. I wonder if my kids are listening.
Conveniences and comfort:
For the money, you get most of the modern-day technology that is needed in my view.
Flip a coin on which one you buy. The important thing is – does this segment of the car market fill your need? Surely it is a car that covers most people’s needs in the US.
Volkswagen Golf $24,000, Mazda 3 $23,000, Toyota Corolla $23,000, Chevy Cruze $23,000, Hyundai Elantra $21,000.
Turbo Fast, fun to drive and fuel efficient to boot.
None worth mentioning.
1.8 liter TSI (meaning it is a Gasoline Direct Injection as for a distinction between the TDI that designates Diesel Direct Injection) 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, 6-speed auto transmission, four wheel independent suspension, front and side airbags with side curtain bags, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes, stability control, intelligent crash response system, LATCH child safety system, tire pressure monitor, 16” alloy wheels, auto headlights, power heated foldable mirrors, rain sensing front wipers with heated washer nozzles, power tilting and sliding sunroof, air conditioning, multifunction steering wheel, leather trimmed steering wheel, brake lever and shift knob, heated manual front seats, split folding rear seat with armrest and pass-through, leatherette seating surfaces, front and rear reading lights, rearview camera, front assist includes emergency braking, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, keyless entry with push button start/stop, 6.5” touchscreen, AM/FM/HD radio with CD player, USB and Aux-in, 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth mobile telephone connectivity, Sirius XM satellite radio, cruise control, multifunction display with trip computer, App-Connect for smartphone, integration and interface, remote emergency assistance (subscription required).
$2.95/ Gal avg. June 9, 2017
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25 City and 36 Highway MPG