2011 Volkswagen Golf

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2011 Volkswagen Golf
Available in 4 styles:  2011 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatchback shown
Asking Price Range
Estimated MPG

23–30 city / 31–42 hwy


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2011 Volkswagen Golf 4.5 22
$ 7,204-14,988
January 3, 2011
Vehicle Overview

Volkswagen updated its compact hatchback for 2010, giving it smoother exterior styling, cabin revisions and a  diesel engine. It's related to the performance-oriented GTI, which was also redesigned a year ago. Competitors to the Golf include the Mazda3 hatchback, Toyota Matrix and Mini Cooper.

New for 2011
EPA gas mileage ratings for both diesel and gasoline engines improved this year. VW says that's due to a new round of EPA tests for the 2011 model; there's nothing mechanically different about it. Apart from that, changes for 2011 are minimal.

Abandoning Volkswagen's once-ubiquitous plunging grille, the new Golf's bumper separates the grille and air dam. Around back, the taillights have darkened lenses and white reflectors at their base. Dual tailpipes are standard. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Standard body-colored mirrors and door handles
  • Optional 17-inch alloy wheels
  • TDI models have fog lights and 17-inch wheels

Whether you get a two- or four-door, the Golf seats five. Both front seats have standard height adjusters and lumbar support. Although many areas were upgraded versus the Golf's late-2000s predecessor, the Rabbit, the overall layout isn't all that different. Interior features include:

  • Standard power locks and mirrors with keyless entry
  • Standard one-touch power windows
  • Standard air conditioning and cruise control
  • Standard CD stereo with auxiliary input
  • TDI models have touch-screen stereo and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Optional Dynaudio stereo on TDI models
  • Optional moonroof and heated seats

Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive Golf 2.5 is powered by a  2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine. TDI models get a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel. With manual transmissions, VW says the five-cylinder and diesel Golfs can hit 60 mph in 7.8 and 8.6 seconds, respectively. With either transmission, overall EPA gas mileage with the five-cylinder is up 1 mpg this year due to new EPA testing; actual mileage should be identical to that of the 2010 Golf. The TDI, like most diesels, gets roughly 30 percent better overall mileage than the gas-powered model. Mechanical features include:

  • 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic (2.5-liter)
  • TDI gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel with 140 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic (TDI)
  • Sport-tuned suspension (TDI)

Safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard traction control and electronic stability system
  • Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Optional rear side-impact airbags (four-door models)


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