Convenient hatchback design; quality interior materials; nimble handling; excellent fuel efficiency (TDI); pocket-rocket performance in the (GTI)
Volkswagen's popular Golf and GTI enter their sixth generation in the crowded compact hatchback market the cars helped to define more than 25 years ago.
For 2010, both the Golf and GTI come as either 2- or 4-doors. Power for the Golf is delivered to the front wheels by either a 170-hp 2.5L inline-5 or 140-hp turbocharged direct injection (TDI) 4-cylinder diesel, which produces a hefty 236 ft-lb of torque. The GTI utilizes VWs tried-and-true 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 cylinder to put out 200 hp. A 5-speed manual is standard on the 2.5, while a 6-speed manual is standard on the TDI and GTI. A 6-speed automatic with Tiptronic manual capabilities and Sport mode is optional and on the TDI and GTI it also incorporates VW's Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), which features a dual clutch system that produces incredibly fast and precise for optimal engine performance.
The Golf is a nimble handler and benefits from MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar up front, with fully independent 4-link system and stabilizers in the rear. The GTI adds a front anti-roll bar and gas-pressurized shocks with special sport tuning for increased performance.
Standard features on the Golf include dual exhaust tips, halogen headlights, heated power mirrors, single-zone climate control, cruise control, 8-speaker AM/FM CD player with MP3 capability, 8-way manually adjustable front seats, a 60/40 split flat-folding rear seat, and one-touch power windows. The TDI adds fog lamps, tinted glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, a premium touch-screen stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD changer and MP3 and satellite radio capability, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and leather appointed steering wheel and shift knob. GTI models are appointed much the same as the TDI.
The Golf does not lack for standard safety features. Technology designed to keep the car upright include Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) and Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP), which features Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and Engine Braking Assist (EBA), which prevents compression-induced skidding in slick conditions. Anti-lock brakes with brake pressure distribution and brake assist are also standard, as are six front airbags. Rear passenger side thorax airbags are optional.
Popular standalone options on the Golf 2.5 include several alloy wheels of both 17 and 18 inches, a sport body kit and power sunroof, while inside, buyers can add Bluetooth and heated seats. On the TDI, Xenon headlights are available, as is DVD navigation and a 300-watt Dynaudio amp and speaker system. The Autobahn Package, available on the GTI, features sport seats with partial leather covering and the power sunroof.
After a brief hiatus, the popular Golf returns to Volkswagen's lineup for 2010, replacing the Rabbit as VW's compact hatchback. It's available in both 2- and 4-door models, with power coming from either a 2.5L inline-5 cylinder or a 2.0L turbo direct-injection diesel (TDI). Meanwhile, the sporty GTI, also available in 2- and 4-door-trim, draws its 200 horses from VW's venerable 2.0L turbocharged inline-4. Prices start at $17,490 for the Golf, $23,489 for the GTI
Now in its sixth generation, the Volkswagen Golf is all-new for 2010. The popular hatchback packs a load of standard features in a pleasing cabin, and despite its small size, the Golf is able to swallow passengers with ease and, with the rear seats folded flat, lots of gear. The TDI offers an impressive EPA estimated 30 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway, while the GTI--the original "hot hatch"--is propelled by its turbocharged four from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds.
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