Intro: Volkswagen has re-introduced the "Golf" badge for its latest 4-passenger compact hatchback. The 2010 Golf is available in four configurations, either a 2 or 4-door hatchback, powered by either a gas or diesel engine.
Features: All setups offer lots of standard features including power, heatable exterior mirrors with integrated side blinkers, anti-theft alarm and trip computer. The fuel-efficient TDI diesel includes a standard 8-speaker premium sound system with touchscreen interface, 6-CD changer, MP3 connectivity, and auxiliary audio inputs.
Performance: The base engine for the front wheel drive Golf is a 2.5-liter inline-5 sending 170 horsepower through either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The TDI model has a 2-liter turbo-diesel inline-4 sending 140 horsepower through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed direct shift gearbox.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2010 Volkswagen Golf is $17,620. A 4-door TDI equipped with the 6-speed direct shift gearbox starts at $23,860. The Golf is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty
Summary: With a choice in engines offering power and fuel economy, and impressive standard features, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf returns as a fresh new hatchback.