Behind the Wheel 2010 Volkswagen Golf Economy Without the Ennui Review… — Volkswagen City Golf

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THE Golf is proof that is more to motoring fun than a powertrain and a well-designed suspension. The sticker is important, too, when it shows a nicely hatchback priced at just $18,000 with estimated mileage of 30 miles per gallon.

The new Golf is the sixth generation in a of small cars that back, in the United States, to the Rabbit. The car is better known as the although apparently lagomorph-loving types have sometimes it the Rabbit, a less-than-heroic moniker recently used for the 2006-9 years. For 2010 it is a Golf again.

The new model is still a hatchback with two or four assembled in Wolfsburg, Germany. are three models: the Golf, the diesel-powered Golf TDI (rated 42 on the highway) and the 200-horsepower sports-oriented

Prices begin at $18,240 for a Golf with a 5-speed transmission and $19,940 for a four-door, comes only with a automatic. The cheapest Golf TDI a two-door, is $22,939, and the least GTI, also a two-door, is A jump from two doors to costs $600 for either the TDI or

The entry-level Golf is so pleasing it is so good. I drove a two-door on the roads here, about 25 northwest of Ann Arbor. These are often used by auto engineers doing development #151; the turns and surfaces it seem as if the road builders’ was not to design safe here-to-there but to challenge suspensions.

On such the Golf’s suspension shows its versatility. When the pavement is the suspension has its guard up, protecting the occupants. But it is also ready on with surprising turns and odd that could fling a vehicle into the woods. is some body lean hard cornering, but the Golf itself and moves along. The is quick, with nice and good feel. One disappointment is a brake pedal.

The Golf has a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder rated at 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of at 4,250 revolutions per minute. The handles the car’s 3,000 quite nicely: VW says the goes from zero to 60 per hour in 8.1 seconds with the and 7.8 seconds with the 5-speed

Fuel economy is rated at 23 city and 30 m.p.g. highway the automatic and 22/30 with the

The Golf I tested had the optional 6-speed automatic. With the in its regular Drive setting, the speed needs to be above r.p.m. for a quick and strong Putting the transmission into “S” the computer to care less fuel economy and delays the That keeps the engine in a higher, more responsive and makes the Golf feel more eager.


For those who want the best economy, there is the TDI, also has a sport suspension. The engine is a 2-liter turbocharged, 4-cylinder that is clean to be sold nationwide.

The TDI is rated at 140 and an ever-ready 236 pound-feet of torque 1,750 to 2,500 r.p.m. A manual is standard, and a 6-speed Shift Gearbox, which like an automatic, is a $1,100 The car has an E.P.A. rating of 30 m.p.g. in and 41 m.p.g. on the highway with the and 30/42 with the automatic. VW a zero-to-60 m.p.h. time of 8.6 with either the manual or Shift Gearbox.

The new car’s are virtually unchanged #151; the package is wonderful for one or two people who can use the seat for cargo. Rear is limited for adults, with enough room for a six-foot with a six-foot passenger behind, though still than most compact With the two-door, however, into the back involves akin to a contortionist immunity on “Survivor: Wolfsburg.”

Like most hatchbacks, the is a marvelously flexible creation. down the split rear creates 46.1 cubic of cargo capacity, which is what Ford offers the second row of its midsize Explorer With the rear seat up, is 15 cubic feet of cargo matching the trunk space of midsize sedans.

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Volkswagen is for turning out handsome, well-assembled and the Golf’s qualifies. Even the upholstery is attractive. The driver’s offers good thigh and is height-adjustable. Still, changing the of the seatback requires an awkward back to turn a knob. The news is that the knob minute adjustments that are on most cars with but clunky, levers.

The controls are to find and use. The biggest are a general lack of storage and cup holders that may not meet the of Americans accustomed to extreme

The Golf comes with all the top equipment, including electronic control and side-impact air bags. crash tests by the Insurance for Highway Safety #151; a new roof-strength test #151; the Golf was rated a Top Safety (A spokesman for the institute, Russ said the results did not apply to the Golf, which was not tested.)

has been an issue with Volkswagens. The automaker was rated to last in J. D. Power & 2009 Vehicle Dependability which looked at how 2006 had held up. But Consumer Reports says its reliability studies Volkswagen has been improving; the rates the new Golf among the reliable small cars.

In the the standard Golf beguiles neither speed nor cornering but with its overall charm. The combines practicality and distinctive with a suspension that can comfort or, to some extent, And the window sticker is nicely too.

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INSIDE TRACK: some fun into frugality.

Articles in Automobiles #x00bb; A of this article appeared in on December 6, 2009, on page AU1 of the New edition.

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