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NIMBLE VW GOLF DELIVERS PLENTIFUL POWER!

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
After a major redesign just two years ago, the 2017 VW Golf continues as is. After all, the 2015 North American Car of the Year has set fresh benchmarks in innovation, design, value and available driver assistance features.
Our test-drive Golf TSI SEL edition was equipped with a 1.8-liter turbo inline-4 cylinder engine developing 170 horsepower @ 4500 rpm and 199 pounds-feet of torque @ 1600 rpm. It is mated to a standard and sprightly 6-speed auto. You are assured that the stylish Golf will get up to speed with urgency, and slow down as quickly and with self-assurance.
The seventh-generation hatchback sports a steely sloped and longer hood, shorter front overhang, narrower grille and headlights than its predecessor. Cabin passenger volume is 93.5 cubic feet of space. Trunk space is 22.8 cubic feet and if you fold down the rear seat, you gain 52.7 cubic feet. Occupants will find the 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system user friendly. Other goodies are power tilt/slide panoramic sun roof, dual auto a/c, 60/40 rear seat, leather tilt/telescopic steering wheel, shifter and brake handle, power driver and manual front-passenger heated seats, and a center console with cup holders, armrest and bin.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes, stability control, rearview camera, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, three-point safety belts for all, daytime running lights and tire pressure monitoring system. 
The fine-looking Golf is incredibly athletic with a peppy engine, which provides ample punch to maneuver in rush-hour traffic. It also eked out an impressive average of nearly 30 mpg in city/highway driving. And the potential buyer is promised ample cabin space.

GOLF TSI
Tires: 195/65R15 all season
Wheelbase: 103.8 inches
Length: 167.5 inches
Weight: 3,023 pounds
Suspension: strut-type front; multi-link rear
Steering: electric rack-and-pinion power
Fuel capacity: 13.2 gallons
City: 25 mpg
Highway: 35 mpg
Base price: $27,995
Web site: www.vw.com

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