2011 Volkswagen Golf » Eric Peters Autos

26 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Volkswagen Golf » Eric Peters Autos

2011 Volkswagen Golf

by • September 14, 2010 1 Comment

It#8217;s easy to the VW Golf.

On the one hand, it#8217;s an car #8211; with an available engine that can return than 40 mpg on the highway (better some hybrids).

On the other it#8217;s powerful and quick with a standard 170 hp gas-burning that still manages to get 30 mpg on the

No one else offers anything like it, which goes a way toward explaining it popularity its slightly higher price to competitors.

The Golf is VW#8217;s model. It#8217;s a compact, coupe or sedan available either gasoline or diesel Prices start at $17,965 for the 2.5 coupe and top out at $24,535 for a TDI (diesel)

WHAT#8217;S NEW For 2011

The 2010 was heavily revised, so changes for the model year are minimal. rise a couple hundred across the board, though.


Snappy performance/crisp #8211; even from model.

Almost-hybrid fuel with optional TDI diesel without the complexity or hassles of a hybrid, including down-the-road with the batteries.

Feels as the rock of Gibraltar.

Can be equipped luxury-level amenities, including drive music storage and wireless.

Available as a coupe (a competitor, the Mazda3, isn#8217;t).

as a sedan (the Mini another competitors, isn#8217;t).


Fairly to start ; can get downright expensive if you add of the available options.

Superb, TDI diesel engine currently offered in higher-trim/more expensive

Base model interior can be a bit bleak-looking. Exterior styling a bit compared with Mazda3 and Cooper.

VW has had some issues quality control.


Two engines are available in the golf. is a 2.5 liter, 170 hp gas engine teamed either a five-speed manual or a automatic.

This engine is powerful for the class. Compare it, for with the Mazda3#8242;s standard (2.0 liters, 148 hp). To get power/performance (2.5 liters, 167 hp) you to step up to the more expensive s, which starts at $19,040 or about $1,400 more the base model Golf.

The model Mini Cooper, comes standard with a 1.6 liter, 118 hp engine (for while the optional Mini S turbocharged 1.6 liter engine hp) produces virtually the same as the Golf#8217;s standard engine but a lot more ($22,300).

The VW#8217;s 2.5 engine is also quite EPA rates the Golf equipped this engine and five-speed transmission at 22 city, 30 highway. The Mazda3 (with smaller, powerful 2.0 liter engine) only slightly better: 25 33 highway.

The flyweight Mini is than your high girlfriend and beats them with an exceptionally thrifty 28 37 highway #8211; but its acceleration in about 8.5-8.7 seconds) is at best.

The Golf, meanwhile, is significantly than the base Mini or the model Mazda3: 0-60 in 7.7-7.8 seconds with the manual.

But the Golf has another strong selling point of its rivals can answer and that is the 2.0 liter turbocharged, direct (TDI) diesel engine. It V-6 levels of torque output lbs.-ft. almost all of it available in the RPM range where most driving is done) and can deliver 42 on the highway #8211; by far the best you#8217;ll get in anything short of a hybrid (or a motorcycle).

The TDI engine has the attraction of being inherently durable than gas-burning A diesel engine, assuming care, can be expected to run reliable for hundreds of thousands of miles which means your ownership costs could end up much lower, since you may not another new car for the next 15-20

Maybe 25 or 30.

The TDI Golf comes a six-speed manual (standard) or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic The DSG version is the one that gets mileage of 42 highway (and 30 but manual versions still a very impressive 41 highway the same 30 mpgs in city-type

The TDI-equipped Golf isn#8217;t as as the 2.5 liter Golf, but it#8217;s time of about 8.6 seconds is almost exactly the same as the fuel-efficient Mini Cooper and with 2.0 liter engine.

All Golfs are front-wheel-drive.

The Golf is enough to be sporty and has plenty of power to execute fast maneuvers comfortably and without It also has quick steering too #8211; and will corner athletic poise at pretty speeds.

The ride is firm, but not (it is stiff #8211; and bouncy in the Mini Cooper and to a lesser the Mazda3). Though the Golf is a car, it feels extremely #8211; a characteristic trait of cars. Even cruising at close to 90 mph, there is road/tire/wind noise transmitted the cabin and the car seems completely at and ready to go much faster of course it is designed to do, given high-speed Autobahns).

At legal speeds, the Golf feels #8211; like a powerful just warming up.

TDI versions with forcefullness, too. If you you can even squeal the tires. Few mpg cars can do that.

It is also #8211; whether idling in or running 75 on the highway.

I could no fault with either of the available engines, both of manage to be strong performers as as very fuel-efficient. The transmission are also top-drawer. Manual will like that engines can be teamed with a while going automatic no compromises of either performance/driving fun or economy (DSG-equipped Golfs get the mileage).

As mentioned above, the Golf#8217;s two (hatchback coupe and four-door gives it a selling advantage its two chief rivals, the Mini (no sedan version) and Mazda3 (no It#8217;s also nice both versions have the same interior space on this follows below).

The of the base Golf comes off as a on the Spartan side in terms of impressions but the car is well-equipped as it sits AC and most power options lock, cruise control) a very decent eight-speaker with MP3 player. The bland-looking (dash cover/door panels, are however substantial-looking and panel is superior.

Though you might the TDI version to be low-budget/economy-oriented it actually has standard stuff than the Golf #8211; including 17 alloy rims, a premium system with touchscreen Bluetooth wireless, fog lights and a firmer-riding, sport-tuned suspension.

You can dress out your Golf leather, heated seats, GPS with music storage drive) Xenon HID headlights, a and other stuff #8211; but be that some of these are expensive and if you#8217;re not careful you can end up a Golf that#8217;s pushing

Space-wise, the Golf (both has more front-seat headroom inches) than either the (38.8 inches) or the Mazda3 inches) and virtually the same legroom as the Mini (41.2 vs. 41.4 inches.) The Mazda3 has more front seat (42 inches) but the Golf beats the on rear-seat headroom (38.5 vs. 37.5 inches), while the has a bit more rear-seat legroom inches vs.

35.6). The bottom line is it will depend on your type as far as which car feels in the back.

The big point, though, is the VW has useable back seats.

The on the other hand, doesn#8217;t.

the Mini has surprisingly generous for front seat occupants its seats are Adult Unfriendly 29.9 inches of legroom) severely limits its practicality to the VW (or the Mazda).

The VW#8217;s trunk/cargo is 12.4 cubic feet better than the Mazda3 cubic feet) and vastly than the Mini (5.7 feet). Although to be fair the has the most potential cargo 24 cubic feet #8211; but with the second row seats and the Mini transporting no more two people.

A nice touch in the are the standard eight-way manual-adjust which can be ratcheted up and down to shorter or taller drivers and really improves the day-to-day of the car.

My only gripe is VW doesn#8217;t offer the excellent TDI in a #8220;basic#8221; version of the Golf perhaps even without windows #8211; which lighten it up as well as lower its An $18k TDI Golf capable of 44 mpg on the would be incredibly appealing.

are pros and cons here. On the one the Golf #8211; especially the version #8211; is one of the most cars you can buy in terms of everyday economy as well as potential longevity. On the other hand, the base price of $17,260 is steep relative to other but still-sporty cars you might including the $15,295 (to start)

Also, VW has had a somewhat spotty in recent years as far as minor such as problems with systems. The New Beetle, in particular.

said, the 2010 Golf is an model and VW has hopefully worked out issues plagued some its models.

And to be fair, the Mini has had its own with quality/reliability, too.

the Golf comes with a three year/36,000 basic and year/60,000 mile powertrain Mazda offers exactly the coverage on the Mazda3 and Mini a bit more basic coverage, a four-year/50,000 mile standard (but a less substantial mile policy on the powertrain).

The extra-cost safety feature is seat side-impact airbags the sedan; they#8217;re not available in the Both coupes and sedans standard with ABS, and stability control, front side-impact air bags and first and row head/curtain air bags.


The Golf costs more other entry-level sporty-economy but it offers superior power/peformance and (in TDI outstanding fuel efficiency which washes away of the difference in up-front expenses.

Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "Volkswagen":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Car Catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about cars