2017 Volkswagen Golf: The 2017 Volkswagen Golf is one of the best-known nameplates in the compact-car segment. This hatchback serves as the base for several models, including the Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf Alltrack, and Golf Sportswagen. The standard Golf competes with the Ford Focus and Mazda 3, while the GTI competes against the Ford Focus ST and Subaru WRX. The Golf R competes against the Subaru WRX STI, while the Alltrack competes against the Subaru Crosstrek.Engines range from a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 292 horsepower. There's also an electric variant. Depending on engine and trim, available transmissions include a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or dual-clutch automatic. EPA-estimated fuel-economy ranges from 22 mpg city to 36 mpg highway, again depending on engine and trim level. For 2017, the electric version, called the e-Golf, gains more power (up to 134 horsepower) and new safety and tech features.Available features include sunroof, heated front seats, cruise control, keyless entry, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and premium audio.Available safety features include rear-view camera, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, post-collision braking, lane-departure warning, and dual-front, front-side and side-curtain airbags.The 2017 Volkswagen Golf has a base price of $19,895, not including destination and dealer fees.