By mtoomey | Posted in VW News on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Jan 20, 2017

Good Housekeeping Institute engineers praised the sporty compact for its exceptional handling, value and practicality.


HERNDON, VA (January 20, 2017) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen Golf GTI has earned Good Housekeeping magazine’s 2017 Best New Car Award in the compact vehicle category. Teaming up with experts at Car and Driver magazine, engineers from the Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) Lab rated its top picks on value, safety, handling, interior design comfort and onboard technology after driving the vehicles more than 1,200 miles on test tracks and open roads.

“We are extremely proud that Good Housekeeping magazine has honored the Golf GTI with the 2017 Best New Car Award,” said Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing & Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The Golf GTI packs incredible value. Its combination of power, design, space, connectivity, and fun-to-drive nature represents the best of what Volkswagen has to offer.”

“GH’s engineers have never tested a more practical compact,” said Good Housekeeping. “The Golf won on combined miles per gallon and also got top marks for visibility, a sleek but roomy interior and a tight suspension that helped it hug the road, even going over bumps.”

The Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI® turbocharged and direct-injection engine that produces 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque (achieved with premium fuel). When equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the Golf GTI achieves an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. When equipped with the optional six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, the EPA estimated fuel economy is 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

The Good Housekeeping Institute worked with Car and Driver magazine’s automotive experts to screen more than 100 new vehicles, narrowing it down to the top 25 for further scrutiny. The Golf GTI is among seven winners. In addition to the compact category, others included luxury compact, sedan, luxury sedan, crossover SUV, electric, and hybrid. For more on Good Housekeeping’s 2017 Best New Car Awards, click here.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

About Good Housekeeping:

Celebrating 130 years, Good Housekeeping ( is a leading lifestyle media brand inspiring a monthly audience of 30+ million readers to discover genius innovations, delicious ideas, style-savvy trends, compelling news and best-in-class products for their homes, families and themselves. The Good Housekeeping Institute’s state-of-the-art labs combined with Good Housekeeping’s seasoned editorial talent is unparalleled. Staffed by top engineers, scientists and technology experts, the GH Institute tests and evaluates thousands of products each year for the magazine, website and for the Good Housekeeping Seal and the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, which are among the most recognized and trusted consumer icons in the world today. Good Housekeeping, which also has five international editions, is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies. With 21 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation, and reaches 79.5 million readers and 68 million unique site visitors each month (comScore). Follow Good Housekeeping on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and on the Inside the Institute blog. Follow Jane Francisco on Twitter and Instagram.


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Where stated, TSI fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. See for details. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

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