2010 Volkswagen Golf | new car review

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 by









The has been about as big a success story for Volkswagen as its possible to get.

Introduced in 1974, the little has grown a bit since then and is now on its sixth generation model.

The engine choice for the Golf may confuse some, so pay attention. The entry-level engine is a 1.6-litre unit that develops 102bhp and is attached to a seven-speed version of Volkswagen’s dual clutch DSG gearbox, which makes for quicker and smoother shifts than a conventional automatic.

The more powerful engine in the standard Golf is the smaller capacity 1.4-litre engine. Although it’s not as big, it makes 150bhp through both a turbocharger and a supercharger and is linked to the same gearbox. All mk6 Golfs on sale are front-wheel drive at the time of going to writing.

At the top of the Golf tree sits the performance model, the GTI. It’s powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, mated to a six-speed version of the DSG gearbox. As well as the more powerful engine, the GTI also gets exterior tweaks include a red-rimmed grille and special alloy wheels. The interior sees either leather seats or a tartan trim that has adorned all GTIs since the 1970s. Under the skin, the suspension has been tuned for improved handling performance.

Available features include ParkAssist, which will parallel park for you – all you have to do is operate the accelerator and brake, and the steering is done by the car. Adaptive Chassis Control lets drivers choose between Normal, Sport and Comfort settings for the suspension and steering. Sat nav, leather seats and advanced air conditioning are all available.

Safety features include ABS, traction control, brake assist, electronic stability control and seven airbags.

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