2017 VW Golf SUV Review, Powertrain

The highly anticipated 2017 VW Golf SUV is neither a full-blooded off roader nor a flashy Cross-Golf. Instead, VW has specifically designed the Golf SUV to appeal to the types of consumer who regularly purchase a crossover vehicle. Even though VW is a little late in trying to secure a place in the ever crowded crossover market, the fact that they are at least making an attempt is both brave and business savvy. After all, VW are no doubt acutely aware of the fact that the crossover automotive market remains a growing market. That being said, the 2017 VW Golf SUV is an interesting vehicle largely because it is more of a SUV-crossover hybrid than just VW’s version of standard SUV or standard crossover vehicle.

2017 VW Golf SUV front

2017 VW Golf SUV – Proud Design in Interior:

As expected, the 2017 VW Golf SUV’s exterior will feature a standard VW ‘Golf-esque’ design. Its hood will look similar to many other modern VW vehicles by utilising straight lines and sharp angles to create a classy and masculine aesthetic. In addition, the Golf SUV will come complete with flared wheel arches, diametrically larger wheels and all season tyres. VW have also decided to incorporate roof rails and auxiliary driving lighting into this Golf SUV’s body, no doubt in an attempt to satisfy the type of consumer who would use this vehicle as a standard SUV.

In terms of its interior, the new SUV will feature a leatherette cabin, a practical dashboard and bespoke instruments such as navigation with off-road memory. Furthermore, passengers will experience a relatively smooth ride thanks to this vehicle’s stacked suspension, hill descent control and traction control for off-road terrain.

2017 VW Golf SUV interior

2017 VW Golf SUV – Powertrain Configuration:

The new VW Golf SUV will come with a standard 150 hp 1.4L TSI engine and a 102 hp E-Motor that will generate a power output equivalent to 204 hp. The engine itself will be connected to a seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission, with a manual transmission alternative to be made available at a later date. It is estimated that this engine set up will produce a maximum speed of around 155 mph.

In terms of performance, VW have really tried to make this VW Golf SUV as eco-friendly as possible. VW have seemingly achieved this by building an advanced start/stop system into the 2017 VW Golf SUV so that when idle this vehicle implements a cylinder deactivation process that cuts the engine before the vehicle has come to a stop. In addition, the transmission of the VW Golf SUV includes a Blu-motion technologies transmission that is fitted with a unique coasting mode that prevents unnecessary consumption of fuel. As such this SUV, with its larger than average fuel tank, is rumoured to have an impressive mpg ratio. (It is worth noting that as of writing, VW have not released an exact mpg figure. However, that being said, it would not be unrealistic to suggest that the 2017 VW Golf SUV would have a slightly better mpg ratio to a similar vehicle in its class such as the VW Tiguan with its city mpg of 21 and a highway mpg of 26).

2017 VW Golf SUV rear

2017 VW Golf SUV – Price and Release Date:

As of writing VW remain tight-lipped about the actual cost of a standard 2017 VW Golf SUV. That being said as the VW SUV will be competing against such vehicles as the Mazda C-X 3 crossover which costs in the region of $25,000, it is not unrealistic to suggest that the likely cost of the new SUV will probably be closer to around $35,000.

In terms of a probable release date, the 2017 VW Golf SUV is expected to be released at ‘some point’ in 2017. However, it is more than likely that it will not actually be released onto the automotive market until early 2018, largely due to the fact that VW want to release it in line with the release of its counterpart, the VW MK8.

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