Volkswagen first introduced the Golf way back in 1974. In the forty-two years that followed, the German manufacturer ushered in no less than seven individual generations, establishing the Golf as one of the most versatile compacts on the market. The Golf has been offered in a wide variety of body style, including wagons, two-door convertibles, five-door hatchbacks, and three-door hatchbacks, but the best of the bunch has traditionally been the hot-to-trot Golf GTI. Although the R eventually replaced the GTI as the fastest, most powerful Golf variant in the lineup, the GTI is still a nice blend of practicality and speed, offered in a upscale, premium-feeling package, both inside and out. Now, VW is introducing a mid-life refresh for the GTI’s 2017 model year, and with it comes tweaked styling and a few more ponies. However, the biggest upgrade is undoubtedly in the technology department, where infotainment and driver assistance features get a major boost across the board.