2010 Volkswagen Golf – Review – Car and Driver — Volkswagen City Golf

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2010 Volkswagen Golf

The generation of VW’s ubiquitous is better than ever.

in a name? Given the vacillation of of America marketing strategists, hard to say. Known to the rest of the world as the Volkswagen the company#x2019;s enduring hatchback its U.S. debut in 1975 as the Then it fell into with the rest of the planet and the Golf for later generations. it was the Rabbit again for its fifth of U.S. sales, a return to the old days that lasted years before the name was once and for all #x2014;maybe#x2014;for the 2010 year.

This designation is a reflection of the marketing uncertainty has plagued VWoA for the past or so, one that might be stabilized the baton of Stefan Jacoby, who over the U.S. operation in 2007. Dynamic and engaging, is no stranger to a difficult business having served as CEO of Mitsubishi Europe prior to joining VW.

Jacoby faces multiple in the U.S.#x2014;a product reputation been tarnished over the by various quality problems and that tends to be high comparable products from carmakers, thanks to the strength of the versus the dollar and high costs in Germany.

So, here#x2019;s a Golf, the sixth renewal of perennial bestseller. Just how big a it will play in Jacoby#x2019;s to revive VW profitability in the States to be seen. But based on a preview in Germany, plus our earlier with the latest Golf-based this much is clear: VW has a good job of keeping its bread-and-butter car at the of the compact hatchback pack.


For U.S. buyers, who are not as attuned to the Golf#x2019;s ongoing as folks in Europe, the distinctions generations five and six are probably a difficult to discern at a glance. The fascia is new, the sheetmetal is wrapped around the wheels, and rear overhangs are minimal, and the hatch opening has been But the general look of the car is familiar, and it take a robotic eye to see the tiny differences, although they do to give the car a more purposeful The 101.5-inch wheelbase is unchanged, length (165.4 inches) is by 0.4 inch, width (70.3 increases by an inch, and height inches) is unchanged. Although a little more elbowroom, volumes don#x2019;t really much, either. Like compacts, the Golf is rated for passengers. There#x2019;s good leg- and headroom for adults in the positions, but pity the poor who#x2019;s sentenced to sit in the middle. the German word for fuhgedaboudit ?

Powertrains for the U.S. models are familiar: a 2.5-liter gasoline offered with a five-speed gearbox (standard on three-door or a six-speed Tiptronic automatic manumatic shifting (optional on and standard on five-door models); and excellent 2.0-liter TDI turbo-diesel with a standard six-speed or the option of VW#x2019;s six-speed automated manual (DSG), was the focus of much of our driving in preview. This TDI engine is available in the Jetta, but diesel makes its return to the Golf after an absence of a few years.

For all the familiarity, VW has elevated its Golf in terms of fit and finish, two areas the gen-five Golf caught a amount of flak. Panel are not only minimal, they#x2019;re minimal. Interior cut-lines are all but plastics and trim pieces are higher in quality, storage have soft linings to out content rattles, and VW has obviously a lot of subtle work in the area of vibration, and harshness. Wind and noise have been and exhaust sounds become only at full throttle. the solid ka-chunk of the door to the comforting embrace of the front seats, everything about the Golf reinforces VW#x2019;s emphasis on quality.

On the Autobahnen

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Almost all of our preview took place on German culminating in a run from VW HQ in Wolfsburg to Although this didn#x2019;t us much about the car#x2019;s in terms of its twisty road our earlier experiences with the new GTI us to believe that even the Golf will acquit well when fancy is required. And in the high-speed world is Germany, where there are substantial stretches with no limit, the Golf exhibits the of rock-steady stability that from autobahn development.

We seat time in gasoline and models. VW claims 0-to-60-mph of 7.8 seconds for the 2.5 five-cylinder with a transmission, 8.1 seconds with the and a top speed of 125 mph. EPA city/highway ratings of 22/30 mpg are given for the 23/30 for the automatic. VW has done welcome work with the five, which feels a smoother than earlier and tows the Golf to speed a quicker than the turbo-diesel, needs 8.6 seconds to achieve 60 according to the manufacturer.

However, we preferred the TDI#x2019;s growl, its lovely torque lb-ft from as low as 1750 of course its terrific fuel 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway with the manual, according to the EPA, and with the DSG. And we also its firmer suspension tuning, to the Europe-only Golf GT#x2019;s.

the gasoline version, the Golf TDI is capable of 125 mph. The most we coax out of either powertrain, was an indicated 122#x2014;although that be sufficient to get you into enough to last for a while. (Tip: Do not top-speed capabilities in your own


Quality is costly, and the Golf is more expensive its predecessor. A base three-door the 2.5-liter five and the five-speed transmission starts at $18,190. Add for an automatic transmission. Then on an additional $600 to jump to the 2.5-liter, which is offered with the automatic. The Golf TDI at $22,889 for a three-door manual and for a five-door manual. Add $1100 for So they#x2019;re a little expensive, but on our drive, folks who pony up the are likely to end up mighty satisfied.

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