2010 Volkswagen Golf

21 Mar 2010 | 1,165 views | No Comment
A funny thing called niches is making life awfully interesting these days for car shoppers. 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 Mazda5. Nothing else at this price comes even close. Safety ratings are unavailable as of yet. Standard equi8pment 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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