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By Cars.com Staff
January 3, 2011
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.
Exterior 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
Interior 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 Safety features include:
Standard antilock brakes
Standard traction control and electronic stability system
Standard front, side-impact and side curtain airbags