After a ground-up redesign for 2015, the Golf GTI continues to add value. The range has simplified options and a new Sport trim. The GTI Sport is a 4-door model with standard Performance Package—brakes from the Golf R; electronically controlled, torque sensing, limited-slip VAQ differential; and a 10-horsepower increase to 220 horsepower (achieved with premium fuel) — as well as 18-inch “Nogaro” aluminum-alloy wheels and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights. The Sport also features unique floormats, KESSY® keyless access with push-button start and black mirror caps.
The Performance Package is no longer available on the 2- and 4-door S trim, but is now standard on the SE and Autobahn trims. A Lighting Package that features Bi-Xenon headlights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) is standard on the SE. The Driver Assistance Package for the SE models (sold order only) includes: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert.
Compared with 2016 models, the 2017 Autobahn trim adds standard Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRLs. An available Driver Assistance Package (sold order only) adds front and rear Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), and High Beam Control (Light Assist). When activated, this latter feature automatically turns on the high beams above 40 mph, if it detects that there is a low likelihood of dazzling oncoming traffic.