2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Manual Simply the best.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Volkswagen Golf GTI is as fun to drive as many sports cars, as comfortable as many luxury sedans, and as spacious as many small SUVs. It really is the whole package. As Mary Poppins would say, it’s practically perfect in every way.

And the GTI’s Sport trim level, which is new for 2017, just may be the ideal version of this ideal car. It bundles the GTI’s most desirable optional content into one handy trim level that starts at $28,815. For that price, you get the iconic plaid fabric upholstery, bixenon headlights, attractive 18-inch wheels, an upgraded touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and proximity entry with push-button start.

The Sport also comes standard with the Performance package, meaning it’s the least expensive way to get the 10-hp bump up to 220 horsepower, as well as a limited-slip differential and larger brakes. Honestly, we’re not sure why anyone would pay extra for the SE or Autobahn trim levels, unless you’re dead set on getting VW’s active-safety features, leather seats, and a Fender audio system.

Cheap Speed

Equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission, our test GTI Sport sprinted from zero to 60 mph in a brisk 5.9 seconds, just 0.1 second behind a GTI manual we tested in 2014. The optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic ($1100 extra) makes for even quicker times—we tested one at 5.6 seconds—and is one of the few automatic transmissions that presents a strong case against opting for the manual. The DSG’s quick shifts are satisfying, although the stick shift—replete with a dimpled, golf-ball-like shift knob—ups the GTI’s engagement factor. The manual’s long clutch travel, which becomes annoying in traffic, is the only downside.

Volkswagen’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is getting on in years, but its 258 lb-ft of torque still comes on strong and early. It’s smooth, too, and has a pleasant exhaust note that’s slightly aggressive without being obnoxious. Tall gearing means you don’t have to shift all that often, as the engine’s broad torque band makes the car feel responsive even when loping along on the highway in sixth gear. On top of all that, it’s remarkably efficient. Our observed average of 27 mpg falls just 1 mpg short of the EPA’s combined rating, impressive for a performance-oriented car in our lead-footed, er, hands.

The GTI’s chassis is as accomplished as its engine. This car makes it easy to get into a rhythm through the corners thanks to light and accurate steering, along with taut suspension tuning that limits body roll. And yet, the ride is more compliant than you’ll find in most of the GTI’s sport-compact competitors—it’s firm and composed, like you’d expect to find in a luxury sports sedan.

Well-Rounded Box

We’re not sure which is more impressive: that a car this fun to drive can offer a hugely practical interior package, or that a car this spacious can be so dynamically satisfying. The boxy hatchback silhouette that has been a Golf staple for decades affords a capacious cargo area—23 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 53 cubes with them folded, or nearly as much as VW’s own Tiguan small SUV. The GTI’s rear-seat accommodations are top-notch for this class thanks to well-sculpted seat cushions and a clear view out the side windows.

Not that the driver and front passenger get the short end of the stick. The front seats are nicely bolstered, and large glass areas make for excellent visibility. High-quality plastics abound, and assembly quality is unimpeachable. Volkswagen installed a newer infotainment system in 2016, and it’s well organized and easy to operate, whether you’re using the native interface or an integrated smartphone.

If you’re waiting for the catch, prepare to be disappointed. In our eyes, the Golf GTI has no significant flaws, and that kept it on our 10Best Cars list for 2017. Some of us find its boxy styling too bland, but no one calls it ugly. You won’t find another car for less than $30,000 that so deftly combines practicality and driving enjoyment while also feeling like a premium piece.

 

Article courtesy  of: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-volkswagen-golf-gti-tested-review

VOLKSWAGEN LAUNCHES NEW “LUV BUG” ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN

HERNDON, VA— Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced today the release of “Luv Bug,” the first TV spot featuring the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, which is scheduled to arrive at showrooms later this spring. Debuting during Primetime on March 20th, “Luv Bug” heralds the arrival of Volkswagen’s expanded SUV lineup by sharing the story of a couple whose blossoming relationship results in the growth of both their family and their vehicle.
“’Luv Bug” shows the evolution of the Volkswagen brand through the eyes of a growing American family, as they graduate from the iconic Beetle to the compact Jetta sedan then to the versatile Tiguan and eventually to our all-new 2018 Atlas,” said Vinay Shahani, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Volkswagen of America. “We are excited to debut the Atlas with an ad campaign that celebrates our heritage and journey, alongside that of our American consumers.”
Featuring the song, “The Birds and the Bees” by Dean Martin, the spot also introduces the tagline “Life’s as big as you make it,” speaking to the versatility and spaciousness that the Atlas offers for both families and adventure-seekers alike.
Built in Volkswagen’s manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Atlas is the biggest boldest Volkswagen ever built in and for the U.S. market, and it has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of the American consumer. The Atlas offers class-competitive levels of technology and spaciousness combined with hallmark Volkswagen driving dynamics and attention to detail, all at a price designed to draw customers’ attention in the family SUV segment.
To view the spot please visit https://youtu.be/DZ3cDd-L1Qg

VOLKSWAGEN ARTEON MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT THE GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Premium four-door coupe is positioned above the Passat mid-size sedan
 Five-seat Arteon combines the design elements of a sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback
 Standard LED headlamps merge with the radiator grille and bonnet to form a completely new front end
 Very long wheelbase in relationship to the overall length offers excellent space
 Six turbocharged engines offer power outputs from 148 to 276 horsepower
 Top engines come with a DSG® dual-clutch automatic gearbox and 4Motion® all-wheel drive as standard
 Infotainment options include available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and 9.2-inch Discover Pro system
Herndon, VA – Volkswagen is adding the avant-garde Arteon Gran Turismo to its lineup and will reveal the vehicle to a global audience for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show (9 to 19 March). Volkswagen Head Designer Klaus Bischoff says: “The Arteon combines the design elements of a classic sports car with the elegance and space of a fastback. It’s an avant-garde business-class Gran Turismo that speaks to the heart and head alike.”
Tobias Sühlmann, responsible for the Arteon’s exterior design, further explains: “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans.”
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The new Arteon was designed on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). The architecture allows for a long, 111.9-inch wheelbase and for short overhangs on the 191.4-inch long body. With a width of 73.7 inches and a height of 56.2 inches, the Arteon delivers truly dynamic proportions and a visual starting point for the Volkswagen designers.
One of the most important design elements of the Arteon is the completely new front section. Stand-out features include a hood that extends a long way forward and over both fenders and a radiator grille that encompasses the vehicle’s full width. The standard LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights combine with the chrome-plated crossbars of the radiator grille and hood. The powerful shoulder section at the rear, the muscular fenders, the waistline, and the flared wheelarches are also reminiscent of a sports car.
Just 24 months ago, Volkswagen unveiled the Sport Coupé Concept GTE, which was one of the stars of the Geneva Auto Show in 2015. Klaus Bischoff said then that: “The Sport Coupé Concept GTE is another milestone of expressive design. Unmistakably reinvented, from the first to the last stroke. A stylistic compass. In this concept car, Volkswagen is not only presenting the new design of a new model, but also initial glimpses of a new era in design.”
Now that Volkswagen is showing the production version, Klaus Bischoff adds: “The fact that the Arteon has gone into production with only minimal design changes from the show car demonstrates Volkswagen’s appetite for innovation. Exactly like the concept car, the Arteon generates that ‘I want it’ feeling. As forecast in 2015, this car does indeed mark the start of a new design era.”
The Arteon takes its place in the Volkswagen model range above the Passat. The new Volkswagen is being produced at the Emden plant and will go on sale in mid June in Germany.
The Arteon reinterprets the Gran Turismo concept with its combination of avant-garde design, sportiness, great flexibility and generous space. There is excellent legroom in the back and generous luggage space of 19.9 to 55.0 cubic feet. On the technical front, the new Volkswagen impresses with six highly efficient engines with power outputs that range from 148 to 276 horsepower, front-wheel and 4Motion® all-wheel drive, plus digitalized displays and controls. Further features include the Active Info Display (Volkswagen Digital Cockpit in the U.S.), a headup display and the new Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass screen and gesture control.
The Arteon’s innovative driver assistance systems match its avant-garde looks. Three of the new technologies stand out here. First, the latest generation Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now takes into account data such as speed limits and/or route information and automatically adjusts the speed accordingly. Thanks to the navigation system’s GPS and road data, the new dynamic cornering light system with predictive beam control recognizes when a bend is approaching and is already lighting it before the driver actively turns into it. Further added safety is provided by the second generation of Emergency Assist: if the driver becomes incapacitated by illness, the system not only (within its system limits) slows the car down, but now also steers it into the nearside lane, traffic behind permitting.
Despite the high-end looks and equipment, the Arteon is available at an attractive price. In parallel with the high-quality base version, the car will be available in two exclusive equipment lines: the Elegance and R-Line®. The Arteon Elegance is focused heavily on luxury and design. The Arteon R-Line, meanwhile, puts sportiness at its heart. It is possible for the vehicle to be extensively personalized.
Every Arteon model has the following standard features:
Exterior
 Chrome strips on side windows
 LED taillights
 LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights
 Aluminum-alloy wheels
 Keyless Go access
Interior
 Stainless steel door kickplates, front and rear
 Composition Media infotainment system, including eight loudspeakers, AUX-IN and USB
 Electronically controlled air conditioning system
 Leather multifunction steering wheel (with paddle shifters on DSG models)
 Six-way power adjustable front seats
Driver assistance and handling systems
 Driver Alert System
 Progressive steering system
The Arteon Elegance includes the following custom details:
Exterior
 Chrome door mirror caps
 LED taillights with dynamic indicator light function
 18-inch ‘Muscat’ aluminum-alloy wheels
 Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
 Heated windshield washer jets
Interior
 Contrast stitching on seat covers and floormats
 Aluminum-look pedal covers
 Alcantara/ “Vienna” leather seating surfaces
 Heatable front seats
The Arteon R-Line includes the following custom details:
Exterior
 High gloss black finish of the C-signature in the front air intakes
 Leather multifunction R-Line design sport steering wheel
 18-inch ‘Sebring’ aluminum-alloy wheels
 Heated windshield washer jets
 Special R-Line bumpers
 Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
 Chrome-plated exhaust tips
Interior
 ‘Titan Black’ headliner
 Stainless steel door kickplates front and rear (with R-Line logo on front plates}
 Aluminum-look pedal covers
 Alcantara/ “Vienna” leather (‘Vienna’) seating surfaces with R-Line logo
 Special R-Line steering wheel
 Heatable front seats
Powertrain
The new Arteon is launching with a range of six turbocharged direct-injection engines. All are four-cylinder units: the entry-level petrol (TSI) and diesel (TDI®) engines each develop 148 horsepower. The most powerful TSI gasoline engine delivers 276 hp, while the most powerful TDI produces 236 hp.
All the engines, except the 148-hp TSI in Germany, can be combined with a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. For the TSI, the DSG is standard for the 188-hp engine and above. In the case of the TDI, it is fitted as standard with the 236-hp version. The most powerful TSI and TDI models also have 4Motion all-wheel drive as standard, while this is available as an option for the 188-hp TDI. All other models have front-wheel drive.
NEDC fuel consumption for the 276-hp gasoline engine is: 25.6 mpg on the urban cycle, 38.6 mpg on the extra-urban cycle, and a combined rating of 32.2 mpg.
The Arteon’s engines in summary:
Gasoline
1.5 TSI Evo
2.0 TSI
Output
110 kW / 148 hp
140 kW / 188 hp
Gearbox / Drive system
6-speed / optional 7-speed DSG (DSG not in Germany)
7-speed DSG
2.0 TSI
206 kW / 276 hp
7-speed DSG plus 4Motion
Diesel
Output
Gearbox / Drive system
2.0 TDI
110 kW / 148 hp
6-speed / optional 7-speed DSG
2.0 TDI
2.0 TDI
140 kW / 188 hp
176 kW / 236 hp
6-speed / optional 7-speed DSG / optional 4Motion
7-speed DSG plus 4Motion