The new 2011 Volkswagen Golf returns as one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road. Few changes over last year's model also ensure that the Golf is one of the most refined chariots that can be had for under $20,000. Keep reading to learn more about the many benefits of the new 2011 Volkswagen Golf.
What's New - 2011 Volkswagen Golf
The 2011 Volkswagen Golf rides on the coattails of its predecessor - there are no major changes over the 2010 model. Given this fact, a shrewd shopper may be able to find a deal by shopping for a used 2010 Volkswagen Golf.
Styling - 2011 Volkswagen Golf
The VW Golf has always been an attractive car. The sleek design exudes a certain air of sportiness and luxury that few hatchbacks can match. Though the subdued exterior may not quite hit the mark for those looking to turn heads, those interested in a more subtle attractiveness will find much to like about the 2011 Golf.
Inside, the vehicle's superior refinement continues. Fit and finish is impeccable for the affordable small car class, and interior comfort is competitive. Drivers will croon over the standard adjustable lumbar support. Despite the compact classification, rear seat passengers are adequately accommodated. The choice between a four-door and two-door model allows you to pamper your rear passengers with easy in/out entry if you so choose.
Maximum cargo space comes in at 46.0 cubic feet - impressive real estate for its class.
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Performance - 2011 Volkswagen Golf
Outfitted with a base five-cylinder 170-horsepower engine, the VW Golf is one of the most powerful compact vehicles on the market. Upgrades such as a sport-tuned suspension serve to give a buttery smooth ride and great vehicle response. For those interested in premium engine performance, the available 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel is enticing. This TDI model boasts an impressive 236 lb-ft. of torque and 140 horsepower.
The Golf TDI is also a fuel-sipping champion. EPA estimates suggest efficiency of 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. To beat those figures, your best bet is to upgrade to a hybrid model. The gas-engine Golf delivers a maximum of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
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Safety - 2011 Volkswagen Golf
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the 2011 Golf a best-possible overall crash test rating of "Good." The Volkswagen Golf comes standard with such features as anti-lock disc brakes, stability control and six airbags. Rear seat airbags are also optional on four-door Golf models.
Pricing - 2011 Volkswagen Golf
Pricey add-ons are one of the few gripes associated with the 2011 VW Golf. Though base price comes in at an affordable $17,965, many drivers will pay much more in order to acquire all their desired features. Specifically, those interested in the TDI engine will be asked to pay a minimum of $22,831. However, for those who don't necessarily need the added performance and fuel efficiency of the Golf TDI, the base model may prove more than acceptable.
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