Used cars:2010 Volkswagen Golf

Used cars: 2010 Volkswagen Golf

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12 Feb 2012 | 5 views | No Comment
If you are buying a two-model year old car–a 2010 car for instance–Volkswagen’s Golf may well end up on your shopping list. So what are you getting with a two year old Golf? First, you’re getting timelessness. This is one of those cars that can be five, six or more years old, and you would be hard pressed to tell it from a new Golf, unless you were a VW enthusiast or somebody who worked for the home office. Next, you’re getting a compact car that is head and shoulders above the rest–except for the Mazda3–when it comes to handling and the fun to drive factor.  You simply can’t beat VW for enthusiastic driving at a reasonable price. A check of the NADA price guide (www.nadaguides.com) suggests that a two door hatchback Golf with an  automatic and alloys from the 2010 model year would retail for about $17,500. Reliability has been a Volkwswagen issue for some time now, though it is getting much better. But the 2010 Golf registered 30 complaints on www.mycarstats.com website, and problems relating to the fuel,exhaust and emission systems were by far the source of the greatest problems with 14 registered. There was one recall registered on the site, relating to fuel, exhaust and emissions systems.
The 2010 model year was the one in which VW dropped the Rabbit  moniker and replaced it with Golf.  This was a totally new model, too.
    For 2010, the Golf came in either a two or four door  five-passenger compact hatchback is available.The standard engine is a 170 hp 2.5L five-cylinder engine paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.
If you’re lucky, you might be able to find a TDI model which came with a 2.0L turbocharged diesel engine. The TDI can be linked to a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG gearbox. The TDI has an EPA fuel economy rating of 30 mpg in the city and over 40 mpg on the highway.
  Here’s what Automobile Journal had to say about the 2010 Golf in the test report done when it was new car: “It used to be that you got a mid sized intermediate, a compact or sub compact or a full-size luxury car. No more. Now there are entry level compacts, sports compacts, and luxury compacts, for instance. We say all this to help describe our reactions to the 2010 Volkswagen Golf. It’s anything but a basic, entry level compact, like say a Hyundai Elantra or Chevy Cobalt. In terms of ambiance, equipment, fit and finish, you could certainly say that VW’s Golf  knocking on the door of affordable luxury compacts. Ours was the 2 door sedan, with a base price of $17,490. Ordering the excellent six speed Tiptronic automatic brought the price, with delivery, to $29,340, which is at the high end price-wise for entry level models of compact cars. But that’s okay. The Golf is worth every penny and it’s an addictive car with its terrific acceleration, firm braking, bobsled-like handling and the richness and finish of the materials used for it. The word I would use here is impeccable. Impeccable manners. Impeccable interior.  Impeccable performance. And impeccable construction. Inside, the front seats were nice and substantial and made with cloth that looks like it would last. An intuitive, instantly easy to use dashboard is provided, with flush mounted square controls on the center stack. You’ll also see VW’s trademark purple lighting here and there. The back seat is nice, too, but there’s the only complaint we were able to come up with about the Golf: It back seat is too cramped for two adults, let alone three. Any trip that adults would take had better be short and quick. The 2.5 liter, 170 horsepower in line five cylinder engine is standard, with fuel mileage ratings of 23/30. Estimated annual fuel cost based on 15,000 miles a year at 2.60 a  gallon is $1,502. We found ourselves steering and cornering pretty aggressively with the Golf, and it took everything we could dish out and come back for more.  Cornering is absolutely flat, steering has just the right balance, and there’s no need to worry about making small corrections as you drive. The only compact which can meet the Golf head-on isiMazda’s super Mazda3. Nothing else at this price comes even close. Safety ratings are unavailable as of yet. Standard equipment includes stability control, independent front and rear suspension, a boon to handling; anti-lock brakes, air, power doors, windows and locks, cruise control height adjustable front driver seat tilt steering wheel, and other items.”
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