2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI – HybridCars.com

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The Volkswagen is one of the most iconic small of all time. Introduced in 1974, than 27 million have sold, making it the world’s best-selling car. Now, in its generation, the Golf returns a full redesign and Volkswagen’s compliant TDI clean-diesel engine the hood. The most recent was launched as the Rabbit in 2007, but reverts back to the Golf for 2010.

We test-drove this Golf on its mother soil, in on an open-road route that us from Wolfsburg to Dresden to

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The TDI powertrain utilizes an electronically turbocharger and fuel injection to achieve better fuel and performance than the standard model. The 2.0-liter diesel provides 140 horsepower and a stout 236 of torque. Fuel economy is 30 highway with a six-speed transmission, and 30 city/41 highway a six-speed manual. That’s 30 percent better than the 2.5-liter gas engine.

Volkswagen claims the Golf’s is just short of 600 miles on a of diesel.

Expect to pay about a premium for the Golf’s diesel The base 2-door, 2.5-liter Golf starts at $17,600 and the at $19,300. The Golf TDI starts at and $22,700 for the four-door.

Like the the Golf TDI models come a higher level of equipment.


Compared to conventional engines, the TDI releases 95 percent sooty emissions thanks to a and burn system—not the urea-based taken by Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. our article on the #8220;Two Paths to Diesel .#8221;

Despite the advanced clean system, the Golf TDI is not as squeaky on emissions as the cleanest hybrids. in terms of efficiency, the Golf TDI 8 mpg short of the Prius’s highway rating, and 20 mpg in the city. All of the top-tier including the Toyota Prius.

Fusion Hybrid. Honda and Honda Civic Hybrid. beat the Golf TDI’s mileage—bringing the in-town benefits of into sharp relief.

In a similarly equipped Prius or would cost at least a few dollars more than the TDI.

Efficiency, Speed and Fun

our automatic-equipped tester, we achieved an 39.8 miles per gallon converting from liters per 100 on our 326-mile triangular trek the three German cities. exceeds all gas-powered subcompacts and fuel-efficiency resembling many cars—although not quite in the league of and Insight especially when with restraint (which we lacked in Germany).

Approximately 80 percent of the journey place at highway speeds anywhere from 75 miles per to 120 miles per hour. After this is the Autobahn.

If our test had on more speed-limited American it’s likely that our mileage loop would beat the EPA’s highway of the car. About 20 percent of our mileage loop occurred on country roads and slower, congested in-town traffic. At the end of our the fuel gauge showed one-half tank of fuel, VW’s claim of a 600-mile range.

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The Golf delivers lots of and fun with a healthy dose of performance and passing power. what you get when you have a car with an abundance of diesel-driven Not so much that it overwhelms the yet enough to give the driver to let loose in traffic (when even possible on our crowded

Road Manners

In terms of the new Golf is smooth and solid. It a ride comparable to larger vehicles. This was best on the highway, where the Golf ahead in a balanced and comfortable

Even at speeds exceeding 100 per hour, the car feels extremely There is virtually no small car or drifting. It holds its place on the as larger cars and trucks by at higher speeds, unlike compacts and subcompacts that get around by bigger vehicles or wind gusts.

The Golf has always been a handler, but even that has been improved upon, to a redesigned suspension. The Golf tight corners and twisty with plenty of confidence. roll is minimal, and overall, the feels quick and nimble.

the Golf stays loyal to its and heritage, with some interpretation. The front fascia has revised and lowered for greater and a sportier show. And the car’s stance gives it more presence.

A number of other details—like updated taillights and trim—give the Golf a cleaner, look.

As with previous the interior of the Golf is much than one would think the outside. It will seat comfortably or five in a pinch. two passengers, expect more for gear than a couple ever need.

Stylistically, the Golf follows philosophy of smart looks, design and minimal waste.

The new Golf TDI is an excellent example of a and sporty diesel car for the masses. efficient, powerful, and reasonably Volkswagen has had a great success its clean diesel Jetta

The company should enjoy an enthusiastic reception to the 2010 TDI, selling at a base of about $22,000. The Golf draw young urbanites who getting out of the city on the weekends. And those who haven’t warmed up to but want 40-plus miles per with brisk highway

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