Mike West Road Test: 2016 Golf TSI SEL

Already Great And About To Get Even Better

During my week in the 2016 Golf, Volkswagen revealed the 2017 refreshed model with some tweaked styling, new infotainment system that will offer BMW-like gesture control and a new engine that will be able to run on two of its four cylinders to save fuel.

But let me focus on the 2016 that I drove. The Golf is a fine car. Yes, it is pricy at over $30,000, but for money, you will be the owner of a car that handles great, has a beautifully done interior with soft to the touch materials and easy to use controls. You’ll also get a car with best in class rear cargo space.

The 1.8 liter 170-horsepower turbocharged engine is pretty spectacular as well with minimal turbo lag and maximum power. I drove the five-speed automatic. Shifts were brisk and smooth.

The driving experience is poised and confident at any speed and on any road surface. No car in this class offers the pedigree of the VW Golf. It is just a step above everything else.

Gas mileage is decent. 25 MPG in the city and 36 on the highway for an average of 29 MPG. The Golf gets a five-star Government safety rating.

I’m looking forward to driving the refreshed 2017 Golf. The next generation Golf is slated for a 2018 release.

 

Mike West CBS

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