The Golf has been in production for many years now and is a more recent form of the classic VW Rabbit. The 2010 model brings a whole new body to this slick little car and the all new Golf can be purchased with either a gasoline powered or diesel powered engine. The purchaser can also choose from the 2 door or 4 door models. The Golf is offering the same engines that have been available for years and this makes many believe that it is time for an upgrade or complete overhaul in this department.

The Golf comes with a standard 5 speed manual transmission or an optional six speed automatic. Many manufacturers have moved to the six speed automatic transmission for the simple reason that it gives a higher fuel economy and also makes the fluidity of shifting noticeably better. The 2010 Golf is a zippy little car and offers a very practical form of transportation at a reasonable price. This is not the most affordable model in the VW line up, but starting at $17,965 it does offer great value.

Bodystyles: Three-door and five-door hatchback
Transmissions: Five-speed manual, six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, six-speed twin-clutch automatic (DSG)
Engines: 2.5L I-5, 2.0L I-4 diesel
Models: 2.5 (2 and 4 door), TDI (2 and 4 door)

Besides a revised exterior and interior, the 2010 model year also returns the Golf name (following a brief ‘Rabbit’ revival) as well as touchscreen controls for both audio and Bluetooth TDI model. Volkswagen also made numerous efforts to improve both the efficiency and refinement of the new model.

The Golf’s Mark VI revamp brings new styling that is sleeker and less bubbly than the previous Mark V. The front end features a new grille and cleaner appearance and the rear integrates a subtle roof spoiler and diffuser-type rear valence.

Inside, little is changed from the previous generation, using a similar clean, clear layout of instruments and controls. Materials are relatively high-quality for a vehicle in this class, and standard equipment includes a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and an auxiliary input jack.

On the road, the Golf is comfortable and composed, offering ride quality that belies its entry-level price tag. While the TDI carries a hefty price increase over the standard Golf, the engine’s 236 pound-feet of torque and available DSG transmission make it a much more capable car on the highway and the back roads. It’s also fuel efficient than the 2.5.

Front, side curtain and side thorax airbags are standard for the driver and front passenger, and side thorax airbags are optional for rear passengers. Traction and stability control are also standard equipment.

2.5: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway (manual); 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway (automatic)
TDI: 30 mpg city/41 mpg highway (manual); 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway (automatic)

  • Practical, yet stylish
  • Upscale build quality
  • Sporty feel
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Entry-level 2.5L is weak
  • High TDI entry price

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