The new sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf delivers an unmatched driving experience. From its carefully sculpted shoulders and fenders to the body color, door handles, side mirrors, and body side garnishes, the Golf’s presentation is altogether confident and modern. Visit our Greenville Volkswagen dealership and test drive a new 2010 Volkswagen Golf today!
Body Styles, Trims, and Options
The 2010 Volkswagen Golf is a compact hatchback available with two or four doors in one of two trim levels — base or TDI. The base Golf comes standard with the gas-powered 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, 15-inch steel wheels, heated exterior mirrors, a trip computer, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, eight-way manually adjustable front sport seats, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and an eight-speaker CD/MP3 sound system with an auxiliary audio jack.
The TDI adds the turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a sport-tuned suspension, Bluetooth and a touchscreen sound system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio and an iPod interface.
Options include a sunroof, heated front seats and Bluetooth for the base models. Rear side airbags are available on four-door models only. The TDI is additionally eligible for xenon headlamps, a premium sound system and a hard-drive-based navigation system with digital music storage.
Powertrains and Performance
In base trim, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces a healthy 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Base Golfs sold in California-emissions states are classified as partial-zero-emissions vehicles (PZEV). A five-speed manual transmission is standard, with a six-speed automatic optional. EPA estimates for an automatic-equipped Golf are 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined, a strong rating for compact cars with engines of this size; manual-transmission cars get 22/30/25.
The Golf TDI features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that puts out 140 hp and an impressive 236 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices consist of a six-speed manual transmission (standard) or the VW DSG (optional), a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual that works like an automatic with manual control. EPA fuel economy estimates are an eye-opening 30/41/34 with the regular manual, while DSG improves highway mileage to 42.
The 2010 VW Golf comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags. Rear-seat side airbags are optional on four-door models. In government crash tests, the four-door Golf with the optional rear side airbags received four stars out of five for frontal impact protection and a perfect five stars for side impacts.
Interior Design and Special Features
The Golf’s cabin is quite simply the nicest you’ll find in a compact hatchback. High-grade soft-touch materials abound, metallic trim is tastefully employed, and the overall impression is one of premium design and construction.
Eight-way-adjustable front seats are standard. Two-door Golf’s have front seats that slide forward easily to improve rear-seat access, but the four-door is the obvious choice if you plan on carrying additional passengers on a regular basis.