2011 Volkswagen Golf

  • 2011 Volkswagen Golf Base Hatchback

    Base Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.5L I5
    • MSRP
  • 2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI Hatchback

    TDI Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Review

A good, sporty hatchback with class.

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The 2011 Volkswagen Golf hatchback offers the unique combination of good fuel economy, refinement, and quality materials at an affordable price, even though its price remains high for the hatchback market. This car comes in both two-door and four-door models and gives you more for your money than other cars in its class.

The Range

Body styles: hatchback
Engines: 2.5-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, six-speed manual, automated manual
Models: Volkswagen Golf 2.5L, Volkswagen Golf 2.5L PZEV, Volkswagen Golf TDI

What's New

Volkswagen shifts some of the standard features among the 2011 models, but it doesn’t make any major changes to the Golf. There have been no significant changes made to the Volkswagen Golf since 2007.


The exterior standard features for the 2011 Volkswagen Golf include 15-inch steel wheels and heated outside mirrors. The TDI model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, sport suspension, and a diesel engine.


The interior standard features include air-conditioning, cruise control, split-folding rear seats, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, metallic interior trim, an eight-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, an eight-speaker stereo system with a CD player and MP3 playback, a trip computer, and full power accessories. The navigation system and Bluetooth are options. The TDI model adds a diesel engine, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with multifunction controls, an upgraded sound system with touchscreen controls, a dashboard-mounted CD changer, and satellite radio with an iPod interface. You can also opt for the navigation system.

The four-door models have power reclining front seats. The 2011 Volkswagen Golf’s interior offers comfort and high-quality materials. It has a sophisticated and fresh design.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Volkswagen Golf base model contains a 2.0-liter, five-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. It also has a six-speed manual transmission standard and a six-speed automatic transmission available as an option. The TDI trim houses a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It has a standard six-speed manual transmission and offers a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission as an option.

The engine gives a punchy performance and makes the Golf feel solid on the road. The steering is precise and accurate, and the handling is responsive. While many think that more cylinders equal more power, the Golf’s five-cylinder engine does not make a noticeable difference in performance. The engine sounds like it has some small pebbles rattling around inside, but it doesn’t produce any marked vibration. The TDI model provides a rather stiff ride, and the higher series tires will make you aware of a lot of the cracks and crevices in the road.


The standard safety features for the 2011 Volkswagen Golf include anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), stability and traction controls, front-side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. The four-door Golf models have rear airbags available as an optional feature.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives this car the best possible rating of ""Good"" for protection in frontal-offset and side-impact collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Golf Komfort: 24/33 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Golf LUX: 24/33 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Golf TDI: 30/42 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good fuel economy
  • Excellent interior materials
  • Available diesel engine
  • Versatile hatchback body style
  • Stylish looks
  • Responsive steering and good handling

You Won't Like

  • Few features available on the base model

Sum Up

A good, sporty hatchback with class.

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