22 reviews
2011 Volkswagen Golf
2011 Volkswagen Golf
Available Price Range $5,991-$12,543 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 27-35 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Volkswagen Golf

Our Take

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... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • TDI's firm ride
  • Automatic transmission's upshift urgency (TDI)
  • Telescoping steering wheel could extend farther
  • Over-left-shoulder visibility in two-door

Notable Features

  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • Gas or diesel engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in May 2010 about the 2010 Volkswagen Golf. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2011, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Thanks to decades of refinement, the Volkswagen Golf is one of the most impressive small cars you can buy, combining interior quality with a... Read full review for the 2011 Volkswagen Golf

Consumer Reviews

4.5

Average based on 22 reviews

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Outstanding commuter car!

by Reb from Opelika, AL on February 6, 2011

Bought this car for a 160 mile daily commute, 95% of which is on interstate highway. Was first impressed with the very excellent build quality of the Golf TDI. The diesel engine is great, lots of torq... Read Full Review

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$17,995 - $23,885
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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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