2013 Volkswagen Golf Expert Review MSN Autos — Volkswagen Golf 5 Doors

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Bottom Line:

Great ratios in the 5-speed manual


Gobs of space


Europe gets better engines

Diesel a sizable premium

DSG transmission only with the diesel

makes a small car great? Is it looks? A high fun-to-drive Awesome fuel economy?

the new 2010 Volkswagen Golf the mark on all accounts, thanks to the of a frugal but torquey diesel that bumps fuel to 41 mpg on the highway.

Even more in these financially trying you get it all at a price about the same as the model. Now that’s a deal, no?


The 2010 Golf a number of suits to fit buyers’ Both the gasoline and diesel are available in 3-door and 5-door configurations. While both share a wheelbase and a rather back seat, it goes saying that getting in and out of the is much easier.

The base Golf packs a amount of standard features, cruise control and power and windows. Base wheels are steel with all-season but for a little extra coin has much sharper 17-inch wheels available. Standard equipment includes daytime lights, anti-lock brakes and a monitoring system.

Volkswagen has the Golf TDI (the diesel) as of a premium model. It comes a 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering instead of the plastic unit on the base car, as well as the sound system and 17-inch wheels. Navigation and adaptive headlights are available for the TDI as options.

the Hood

The base Golf its power from the same inline 5-cylinder found in year’s model. That there’s 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of on tap — big numbers for such a small Buyers can choose between two a 6-speed automatic or a 5-speed In manual trim, the smart ratios make the car feel and light on its feet, making the of the available torque for plenty of grunt.

The big news this year is the TDI’s 4-cylinder 2.0-liter Diesel engine. The engine is a in the Jetta TDI, and being into the Golf hasn’t it at all. With 140 horsepower and 236 of torque, the Golf TDI is a blast to Bolted to the engine is your of a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG gearbox, and while the DSG offers better fuel economy, choice nets you hybrid-rivaling numbers at the pump.

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Both the base 2010 Golf and its diesel counterpart an uncluttered cabin. The dash is with subtle brushed accents. The one real detraction is the black plastic climate it feels cheap compared the quality of the rest of the interior. the base Golf’s plastic wheel is a bit disappointing, it’s par for the the only reason you notice it in the is because the rest of the materials are so Still, we prefer the leather-wrapped in the TDI.

Up front, the driver gets a display with easy-to-read including a plate-sized tachometer and epic speedometer. The front serve up hefty bolsters, but are enough to accommodate even the backside of the average automotive Behind the rear seats find plenty of storage for groceries and even small items. Despite this, the seat is bit tight for a most If you plan on cramming two friends there on a regular basis, recommend opting for the 5-door.

On the Road

The 2010 Volkswagen is an excellent driver. In gasoline-powered, trim, the car feels as if it has more than it actually does, to perfect gear ratios. an impressive well of torque to from when going for a pass or frolicking up a steep And while there’s nothing wrong with the 6-speed available in the gasoline Golf, simply overshadowed by the solid dual-clutch unit found in the

The Golf TDI’s boundless instantly does away any worries about the lack of compared with the larger engine. Inside the cabin it is so you’d be hard-pressed to tell the between the two engines at idle — the diesel is that smooth. stomp on the throttle and you’re a heady chorus from the bay and heaps of grin-worthy thrust. All from a 41 mpg car? It’s too good to believe. The 6-speed gearbox is a marvel, allowing the to quickly select gears steering-wheel-mounted paddles while near seamless shifts — enough that we would have it over the excellent manual.

Diesel fanaticism aside, cars manage to return pretty impressive fuel numbers. When equipped the 5-speed manual transmission, the Golf returns 22 mpg city/30 mpg while the 6-speed automatic 23/30 mpg. Of course, the star of the show is the Golf with 30/41 mpg with the

Right for You?

If you’re a daily driver that drain your bank or lull you to sleep when behind the wheel, the 2010 Golf is the way to go. With an interior ahead of the competition, smart styling and one of the most efficient engines on the market, it’s to fault.

James Tate cut his in the business as a race team member before moving to the side as Senior Editor of Compact Car, and his work has in Popular Mechanics, Automobile, Trend and European Car. not writing, Tate is usually about a vintage Porsche

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