2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

$24,995 - $35,195
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI


  • Turbocharged engine provides quick acceleration and good fuel economy
  • Sporty handling makes it fun to drive around turns
  • Versatile and roomy hatchback design
  • High-quality interior materials that look and feel great


  • Optional summer tires produce a moderately stiff ride quality
  • Not as powerful as rivals at the same price point
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission's lack of responsiveness in slow-moving traffic

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Features & Specs

Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Starting MSRP$27,995$29,095$30,890$31,990$25,595$26,695$35,195$34,095$24,995$26,095
Transmission6-speed manual6-speed automated manual6-speed manual6-speed automated manual6-speed manual6-speed automated manual6-speed automated manual6-speed manual6-speed manual6-speed automated manual
Horsepower220 hp @ 4500 rpm220 hp @ 4500 rpm220 hp @ 4500 rpm220 hp @ 4500 rpm210 hp @ 4500 rpm210 hp @ 4500 rpm220 hp @ 4500 rpm220 hp @ 4500 rpm210 hp @ 4500 rpm210 hp @ 4500 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

  • Side Crash Rating

  • Side Barrier Rating

  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front Seat5/5
    Back Seat5/5
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.1%

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New GTI Sport is perhaps the perfect GTI
I have owned a number of GTIs, but have to say this is probably the best one ever. The sport is a stand alone model that includes the performance pack, Nogaro alloys (Only on Sport model), bi-xenon/LED lighting, keyless entry/ignition, over the base S model. Plus, Apple play is a great feature negating the need for navigation. For me, and I am sure other enthusiasts agree that this is the perfect model - why? The new MQB platform GTI is a an incredibly well-developed car that drives and handles superbly. The Sport has all the essentials needed without the superfluous toys added in the SE and Autobahn models - this is the enthusiasts GTI. The addition of the Performance packs adds some extra horsepower, but the real bonus of the package is the mechanical limited slip differential which takes cornering on a front-drive car to a new level, and the stopping power of the R brake package. The beauty of the GTI has always been the fact that it is such a versatile and well-behaved car when you want it to be, but when you want to push it to it limits it is in an even happier mode. I love the fact that this car is so capable in so many areas - it may well be the perfect car! 18 months on the car has been 100% trouble free - highway gas mileage is around 35-37 mpg which is phenomenal!
The current Ultimate Driving Machine
My Autobahn: leather/heat/power seat, DCC, Nav, and ACC/Blind Spot/Cross Traffic safety features. Got an amazing year-end deal that I could not pass, so I will return my VW TDI earlier than plan. 1k miles total so far in 2 weeks. During past GTI test drives I always thought the ride was a bit stiff, so I decided to get the Autobahn with DCC. That way, I can turn the suspension to a softer mode ("comfort") when needed. Funny, after 2 weeks, I now prefer "sport" mode over regular "normal" or "comfort" mode. The GTI MK7 engine is very smooth as it happily rev up to its red line. Combined with its lightweight, the GTI can quickly and easily pass other cars at highway speed. You can get speeding ticket(s) if you are not careful with this car as it goes from 60 to 80 mph in no time. It makes me wonder what APR stage 1 or 2 mod will turn this car into ? As a manual trans driver in the past, I found the DSG pretty amazing on any street at any speed. I don't understand all of GTI DSG complaints out there. Nobody can shift the transmission as fast and smooth, aggressive when needed, than this smartly engineered DSG. The DSG in my 2013 TDI is good, this one is GREAT. As advertised, GTI returns 29 mpg combined. I am very happy with its safety features, they are excellent and work as designed. The bad news ? quality control is poor for a $36k list car. Back window does not roll up/down, driver door ambient light does not work, back seat bench still have wrapping plastic protrude out from its bottom, and worse, the infotainment system with Nav broke (known issue) after three days - new unit is in ordered. Even though CR predicts below reliability, I'd expected better quality control after almost 2 year of Golf/GTI production in Mexico, very disappointed. My GTI issues are being fixed under warranty. I gave VW GTI 5 stars mostly due to its interior luxury feel (very close to Audi, BMW or Mercedes level), its Ultimate Driving Machine characteristics, and its steep year-end discount. Aside from the quality control annoyances, I have my grin every day driving this GTI.
Again, so much to like in one "sports" car!
I looked at the 2016 Passat and reviewed it so well my wife let me buy an E300 MB, but I can explain. I got the 1989 GLI itch all over again, so I purchased a silver 2017 GTI SE. Yep, same stuff as the Passat except in a SPORT verses luxury bent platform. I didn't want another E300, but a car that excelled at the opposite end of the car spectrum. I had to have a car that was as economical, good or better at hauling stuff, more fun to drive and had a better stereo than my 2008 Focus SE. Slam dunk with the GTI. The E300 drives you, you drive the GTI 6 speed manual (shifts like butter spreads on a warm day). I can't wait to DRIVE this car, same as the 1989 GLI! Something about VW handling that is addictive. The engine is a sweet thing. At idle it simply goes away on you, nothing, not a quiver. But give it the gas and it talks really nice things to you, shift me now. Power with the manual is electric motor linear and STRONG. The front limited slip differential drive system keeps both wheels pulling in snow, wet or dry with excellent throttle modulation. The engine is a tiger or a pussycat. Drive it like the 2008 Focus and I get 38-45.5 MPG. Yep, same 34 mile route each way as before with the Focus. Drive it like hard like a sports car and still get 28 MPG. The best way to explain this car is that all the pieces are seemingly of the exact same quality level. Nothing irks you to say, "wow, that's seems cheap". OK, except that the rear view mirror should be auto dimming, weird it isn't. The odometer goes away when you set the cruise as the set speed takes its place, weird but not a problem. The instruments are clear and a German conservative white on black LCD illustration. I like it that way, too. Everything ergonomically falls right into your hands. I will also say that the interior of the SE NEEDS those Clark Cloth plaid seats or something other than red stitching and a few red lighting accents, big time. I am not a fan of black interiors, but it is a good black interior. Still, give us a two-tone option, PLEASE. Oh, the seats are superlative for my 155 LBS frame. BIG guys may want to try before you buy. I needed the stereo (OK, wanted) and a few other bits I know would make long term ownership nice (ya, I paid cash for it). This is a sports car, so the ride is heavenly responsive to the road without being harsh. If you think it rides harshly, this isn't your car, or any other sport type car. For a sports car it is sublime. Not only does it go really well, with near no lag in the turbo (I have the manual, so I can drive around it without thinking) or torque steer (the 1989 GLI had PLENTY of that) but it STOPS like NOW with the R series brakes. The green house is WONDERFUL old school lower belt line, like the Passat...so you can SEE yet it has five star safety ratings. Bi-Xenon lights are very good, not the LED's on the E300, though, but way over average. The entertainment is just like my Passat review. It is fast and easy to use with the jump buttons on the side and 100% intuitive touch from there. I've never felt it to be slow or unresponsive. I use a 128GB SD card with WAV file music and the USB for the phone and carplay apps and navigation. I'm smitten with the overall assembly of this car. OK now the negatives. This is maybe the third EA888 engine iteration. Fixed are the cam chain tensioner issues. Left are likely the longer term carbon on the intake valves common to DI injection engines (no fuel across the intakes to clean them anymore) so a 80,000 mile cleaning is in the cards. Not a deal breaker as it is cheaper(~$800.00) to do than a rubber belt cam chain maintenance interval. The PCV valve can fail (this is the latest version that is again, supposed to work) and pressurize the crankcase (rear crank seal goes) or pulls a vacuum (oil is pulled through the intake). Turbo engines can be hell on the PCV valve with the boost pressure. But, this is a $200.00 part and an easy hour in the garage to fix at 50,000 miles. Fix it like an airplane BEFORE it fails. So I'll replace the PCV valve every 50,000 and not ever know the original one would have lasted the life of the car. Pity me but it is cheap insurance. Otherwise this engine is to die for. This is a poor excuse for a mid life crisis car, it is way too affordable, way too practical, way too sublimely sexy in appearance, and yet still way too much fun. Count me in. The GTI is still the best, I drove the rest. 01/28/2018 - This car has been flawless. NOTHING has gone wrong. Oil consumption has been 6 oz in 18,500 miles (nothing). I get 40 MPG going to work on backroads in the summer and 37 MPG in winter (worse gas mix for mileage). I really like the practicality and fun built into this car. The car is EXACTLY what it says it is, a small fun zippy car. Yes, it is stiffer than the GOLF. My wife liked the car so well she sold her 2012 Focus and bought the Wolfsburg automatic edition (She wanted the same car minus the bumps (her language, not mine).

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It is easy to understand the appeal of a compact hatchback. They combine the small footprint and thrifty fuel efficiency of a compact car with cargo capacity to rival some big sedans. Yet that practicality doesn't have to be attached to a car that is boring. The 2017 Volkswagen GTI falls into a sub-genre of the compact hatchbacks once dubbed the "hot hatch." These variants had more gusto under the hood and refined, sport-tuned chassis to enhance athleticism and provide driving thrills. This on top of their versatility.

The GTI represents the latest chapter in a story that dates back to the 1980s, when the GTI first appeared in the U.S. and arguably started the hot hatch era. Through rabid enthusiast clubs and forums the GTI has achieved cult-like status over the past three-plus decades. Spend time behind the wheel of the latest GTI and you'll understand why its fans are so enthusiastic.

Based on VW's Golf, the GTI shares its roomy interior, impressive materials and commendable build quality. From there, the GTI adds sizzle in the form of a feisty turbocharged engine, a taut suspension and sporty cabin upgrades such as heavily bolstered sport seats and a thick-rimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel. Visual effects include 18-inch alloy wheels, a unique lower front fascia and chrome-tipped dual exhaust.

Whether you opt for the manual or the dual-clutch automatic transmission, the GTI is both swift (0-60 mph in the mid-6-second range) and fairly fuel efficient. The EPA estimates range from 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway) for the automatic and 28 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway) for the manual. As you might expect, the GTI has a noticeably firmer ride than the standard Golf. But this is the tradeoff for increased athleticism.

The GTI is available in four trim levels ranging from the base S to the loaded Autobahn. The S comes with a generous standard features list, highlighted by heated front seats and a rearview camera. The Autobahn offers features such as an adaptive suspension (allowing both a softer ride for commuting on rough roads and a tighter setting for curvy roads), a navigation system and adaptive cruise control, among others. In between are the Sport and SE trims.

Regardless of how you might want to equip your ideal GTI, you will end up with a car that draws a nice balance between driving enjoyment and everyday practicality. Let Edmunds help you find the perfect GTI for your driveway.

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Overview

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback is offered in the following styles: Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Sport 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), and S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).

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