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2018 Volkswagen Golf and GTI

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Spectre26 wrote:
Sep 22nd, 2017 8:49 pm
I think it does have dedicated turn signals and it would be amber this time.
The thing with German vehicles is it looks like it has dedicated ambers, but it actually doesn't. For example: Mercedes-Benz C, E, and S class, Porsche vehicles, Audi lineup. Not having a dedicated amber is a safety oversight more than anything else. I don't want to spend an additional $1k or whatever to retrofit European tailights but I would if I have to.
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Sep 22nd, 2017 9:18 pm
Yes, the interior is very disappointing, I was hoping the redesign would make it better but no go. It's very dated still
I wouldn't say it's dated. The centre stack looks great in my opinion. It's the centre where the hard plastic surround the handbrake, cup holders, shifter, etc., that makes an otherwise premium-like vehicle look cheap. Would this be acceptable in a Golf R? To me, no because Golf R is really expensive and throwing on soft touch plastics shouldn't be too difficult there. But for a regular Golf or GTI, completely acceptable to me. Besides, how many vehicles get a completely revised centre console for a mid cycle refresh?
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I'm on the fence between the 2017 and the 2018 GTI.

Price is higher with better equipment on 2018; cloth and leather are the same price on Autobahn trim.

Dealers doesn't seems to be willing to give rebate on 2017, they know they will sell anyways.
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Picaseb wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2017 12:19 am
I'm on the fence between the 2017 and the 2018 GTI.

Price is higher with better equipment on 2018; cloth and leather are the same price on Autobahn trim.

Dealers doesn't seems to be willing to give rebate on 2017, they know they will sell anyways.
The tiny 6.5" screen with cheap plastic buttons surrounding it
In the 2017 is unacceptable. At least with the 2018 the screen is better and less dated looking.

As you say, price wise is not a big difference, just get the 2018
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MrWhiteCoffee wrote:
Sep 23rd, 2017 8:29 am
The tiny 6.5" screen with cheap plastic buttons surrounding it
In the 2017 is unacceptable. At least with the 2018 the screen is better and less dated looking.

As you say, price wise is not a big difference, just get the 2018
That and resale value down the road. If the price difference is negligible go for newer model, unless newer is somehow worse (style, features, etc.)
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Saw on the salesperson's computer that the current rates and residuals are good until October 31. Makes sense considering the cars aren't even available for sale yet.
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geokilla wrote:
Sep 22nd, 2017 3:01 pm
I'm at Volkswagen right now and it looks like not even the GTI Autobahn gets the digital, Audi like dash. This sucks!

The larger MIB2 is very nice but otherwise as expected, the interior is the same as the MK7. The front headlights had the red strip like the ones sold in Europe but I think the rear brake lights and turn signals are the same as before and not dedicated turn signals. Will try and verify if I can find a salesperson. Having dedicated turn signals is important to me.
Unfortunately, North America yet again misses out on the top-end taillights. In Europe, high end Golfs like the R, eGolf, GTI and GTD come with cascading LEDs standard. The 2018 North American GTI yet again ends up with the lower end taillights found on basic trims in Europe. The same will undoubtedly be true of the R. If you want the proper European LEDs you'd need to shell out $1000 or so and have them installed or instal them yourself. This also requires some rewiring and coding to make them work. I was hoping that with the refresh we would finally see the top trim taillights in North America but that isn't happening.
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Just got a quote in Quebec for a base 5 door GTI:
36 months 25000 km 423$/month w/o taxes and 487$/month with taxes.
For once the dealer sent me the full prices detail.
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gaab wrote:
Sep 27th, 2017 3:46 pm
Just got a quote in Quebec for a base 5 door GTI:
36 months 25000 km 423$/month w/o taxes and 487$/month with taxes.
For once the dealer sent me the full prices detail.
What is the residual at ? Mind sharing the details?

Thanks!
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krusty50 wrote:
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What is the residual at ? Mind sharing the details?

Thanks!
For 20k km lease, a base GTI 5 door DSG has a residual of 63% for 3 years and 56% for 4 year lease.
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geokilla wrote:
Sep 27th, 2017 4:33 pm
For 20k km lease, a base GTI 5 door DSG has a residual of 63% for 3 years and 56% for 4 year lease.
That's decent although I drive ~23k per year so I need to get a 25K/year lease.

The base models usually have a higher RV. I got my 2016 Authobahn in fall 2015 and my RV was set at 55% IIRC. (36months / 25K/year)
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Here are the details in French.
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gaab wrote:
Sep 28th, 2017 11:27 am
Here are the details in French.
So that would indicate a MSRP of $30,595.00, correct?
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yes, they also said that the base manual one is only available in white and at least 2 months away. All the one coming in for the next 2 months are Autobahn.
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I'm going in to order a 2018 GTI tomorrow. Base manual, Dark Iron Blue Metallic. I want the sunroof but it's only part of the $5000 Autobahn package of which I could care less about the other features included in it. Wish it was like when I bought my 2008 Rabbit and the sunroof by itself was an option.
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geokilla wrote:
Sep 22nd, 2017 11:39 pm
The thing with German vehicles is it looks like it has dedicated ambers, but it actually doesn't. For example: Mercedes-Benz C, E, and S class, Porsche vehicles, Audi lineup. Not having a dedicated amber is a safety oversight more than anything else. I don't want to spend an additional $1k or whatever to retrofit European tailights but I would if I have to
Looks like I was right. Saw a 2018 Golf Alltrak this morning and 2017 e-Golf last night. Both vehicles have the brake lights double as turn signals. The whole red part doesn't light up, only the clear portion near the bottom of the taillights. Guess I'll have to drop another $1k to get the European taillights if I get the GTI. My interest is fading fast...

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