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2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI and GTI

In the or so of the automotive era many icons come and gone, but several on with us today. Cars the Ford Mustang, Porsche and Chevy Corvette all fitting the Most companies from the old have at least one in their but how unfair is it for an automaker to have Especially when they are all of the same car.


At blush these two compacts to be polar opposites on par with, the Earth’s poles. One is a high-mileage pincher, the other a high-strung But look deeper into the and you’ll find that share quite a bit.

The have the same basic or five-door hatchback body aside from a few pieces of identical interiors. Both mostly loaded, save for Bluetooth, sunroofs, navigation — which can’t be had on Golfs, and leather seats to the GTI. The cabin isn’t stylish, but it is impeccably finished, if you can the flimsy climate control With chrome trim, plastics, and a few spools of red stitching in the you wouldn’t think twice if it covered in Audi logos.

The pair are also fitted like-sized tires, although the on the TDI are actually wider than the on the GTI — a fact that my head hurt. Six-speed transmissions are standard, with quick-shifting six-speed automatic Shift Gearbox (DSG) a option.

Open either and you’ll find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine between the wheels, but that’s where the end. The motor in the TDI is one of today’s ballyhooed clean diesels, and a of the green set thanks to a 42 mpg highway With just 140 hp on tap it won’t win you awards at Bonneville Speed but 236 lb-ft of torque gives it of punch for passing — for when you’re stuck a semi on I-80 in Wendover. silent on the move, with a gate, the TDI is the premier compact of the for highway cruising, bar none.

Throw a couple of turns the mix and you’ll discover that the TDI can hold it’s own in the handling It has a sport-tuned suspension that’s not on standard Golfs, and rabbit-quick response that is always one ahead you. It’s through curves and ready to the rear end around with a lift of the throttle, or tap on the brakes. with arrow-straight tracking on the after a few dozen miles you help but think, “it doesn’t get any than this.”

But it does. VW measures the quickness of the gear changes in milliseconds, and unit of time would be to describe how long it took me to about the TDI and fall in love all again when I eased the GTI.

The flat-bottomed sport wheel and ball-topped gear set the mood, but the exhaust note is nearly enough to justify the premium that the $23,664 GTI over the $22,354 TDI, its sound far out of character for a four-banger.

VW the line on power for 2010, with the 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque of year’s model, but it’s so and spread so linearly across the rev that you can live without the delivery more pressure the turbo would likely As it stands there’s no turbo and even half-throttle acceleration a nice puff from the with each upshift. it, and the pop is more like what out of an air cannon. one the size of the big gun on a battleship. uses this engine in a of vehicles, but it is such a perfect fit for the it might as well be a glass

Set a notch lower than the the suspension in the GTI is noticeably firmer, but the is far from harsh. Even if it the handling is so much sharper the tradeoff would be worth it. The car has the neutral feel of its chassis and power understeer is kept in by an electronic differential that can extra torque to the outside wheel when needed.

The real letdown on the performance is a surprisingly soft brake — at least on my test This may have been the of it having suffered through miles of lead-footed journalism, but the one in the TDI wasn’t much better.

Rated at 32 mpg highway, the GTI is second to the MINI John Cooper in the over-200 hp club, but makes up for it a much shorter name. kind of efficiency may not do the TDI any favors in the race, but the diesel holds its own card in the form of a $1,700 fuel tax credit from the

Could you go wrong with of these cars? Time tell. or maybe it already

Volkswagen Golf GTI


2010 Volkswagen TDI / GTI

Base Price: $22,354/$23,664

As Tested: $28,190/$28,684

Type: front-wheel-drive, 3 or 5-door hatchback

2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder turbocharged 4-cylinder

Power: 140 hp, 236 torque/200 hp, 207 lb-ft torque

6-speed automatic

Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen Golf GTI


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