Differences Between 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

New Sport Trim Level to Be Available for the 2017 VW Golf GTI

Differences Between 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Apart from the all-new Golf Alltrack model, the VW lineup doesn’t receive many huge changes for the 2017 model year. But that doesn’t mean that the changes and upgrades that have been made aren’t significant. The GTI is one model that seems to have received more upgrades than most, so we’ll tell you all you need to know about the differences between the 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The GTI receives a trim level shake-up, making some popular features more accessible. You may be happy with the layout on the 2016 models, but if there are certain features you were wishing you could get, the 2017 model might offer just what you’re looking for.

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Features on the 2017 VW Golf GTI Sport Trim Level

A major difference between the 2016 and 2017 model years is the introduction of a new trim level. The 4-door Golf GTI for 2016 started off with the S trim before following up with the SE and Autobahn trims. For 2017, a new Sport trim enters the lineup that delivers a standard Performance Package. To compare, here are some of the features you’ll find added onto the new Sport line:

2016 vw golf gti passenger space and legroom leg room18-inch Nogaro aluminum-alloy wheels

Bi-Xenon headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights

Keyless access

Push-button start

Black Mirror Caps

Standard Performance Package

  • Golf R brakes
  • Electronically-controlled, torque sensing limited-slip differential
  • 10-hp increase (210 to 220)

For those who want the Performance Package, it will now be even more accessible than before, as it also comes standard on the SE and Autobahn trim levels. With that said, if you aren’t interested in the Performance Package, you’ll find great value in the entry level S model without having to move up the lineup. Plus, the S trim level will be the only one offered as a 2-door model.

Features Added to the 2017 VW Golf GTI SE and Autobahn Trims

As mentioned, the Performance Package now comes standard on the SE and Autobahn trim levels, which might be considered the biggest change to the model for 2017. The Autobahn trim, however, does receive a few changes itself.

The Autobahn model will add certain driver assistance features as standard, like Blind Spot Monitor With Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor With Rear Traffic Alert and Autonomous Emergency Braking. If drivers do want more of these features, a Driver Assistance Package delivers Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Light Assist for the high-beams.

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The differences between the 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI are restricted to these trim lineup and feature changes. You’ll still find the same 210-horsepower engine and same sporty design. To learn more about the 2017 Golf GTI, contact us here at Neftin Volkswagen or just schedule some time behind the wheel.