TDI has great performance and MPG, especially on the Freeway. I find it handles very well, has great power and torque. But now I probably will not keep this car. I had an estimate done here on Edmunds and I can't tell if the estimate takes into account the total dump in re-saleability of the car due to the emissions debacle. though we don't know what the fix is going to be, by all estimates it will involve a loss of MPG and power. I actually would get a Jetta to replace it but want to try to wait till 2017 models if I can, it is hopeful the Jetta will have the same chassis as the Golf's now do. Or maybe a GTI, but then that's pretty expensive. Even though the settlement has been announced and some of the terms have been revealed, I haven't been contacted by VW to present my options.
I have the 2010 2.5L 3-door gas version and it is excellent. It is very practical, spacious, and fast. I got mine used for 6,500 less with no mechanical defects whatsoever. Even with only 3 doors, there is still plenty of space in the back for passengers.
It does come standard with heated seats, AC, electric door mirrors, electric windows, two 12v charging slots, and an AUX IN port for your music playing device. The radio is very good and weather resistant. Build quality is very good. Nothing feels cheap or out of place.
Even though mine has only 170 horsepower, it can still overtake pretty much anyone and anything on the road. Acceleration is very quick and the noise isn't too loud.
-Performance (especially in S gear)
-30+ MPG (depending on how you drive)
-Spacious trunk for groceries and things
-Very cool AC system
-Key doesn't open passenger door within two presses. Often have to press it more than once.
-Trunk release isn't immediate nor does it always unlock when the rest of car is.
-Onboard computer interferes too much in "manual" mode. Very arbitrary and erratic.
Bought early December 2012. Had only 27k on the odometer. Mine is a silver 5-speed 2.5L... base everything... only option is the Cold Weather package. So far I absolutely love this thing. It's sharp looking without being too flashy or attracting unwanted attention. Sub 8 second 0-60 times... and a huge grin every time you take a corner. Tiny outside but will swallow giant items. It's very safe, cheap to insure, and economical at the gas pump. No problems to report after 5,000 miles with the car itself. El cheapo standard equipment Conti tires are garbage, and will soon be replaced. They do not hold air in cold weather.
Pretty much everything.
Fun, fast, and economical vehicle!!!
The MK6 is beautiful in person, substantially more than the MK5s.
I'm 6'2" and lanky... and the Golf fits like a glove.
Fun, fast, and economical vehicle!!! The seats are incredible - the fabric holds you in place during spirited driving, and no fatigue even after hours behind the wheel.
Butt warmers are essential for MN winters !!!
Stereo sounds great... even with the base head unit that was phased out in 2011.
2.5L motor is a great balance of economy, reliability, and performance.
Mk6 is your last chance for a true, Wolfsburg-made Golf.
Rear seat access.
The 4-door should be available with a manual transmission without spending another $5-10k on a TDI or GTI.
VWofA is penalizing stick shift drivers with that model lineup move...
which is one of their strongest niche markets.
Better OEM tires.
Upgrade base stereo - VW did this in 2011.
Fuel economy could be better...
the MK7's turbo 2.0L will fix this, but at what reliability cost?
put the lame-duck new Jetta back on the awesome Golf chassis???
I have been generally amazed at how much I like my Golf TDI. I came from an Audi S4 so less power is very obvious but the diesel torque curve is so good this car is really enjoyable up in the Rockies. MPG is about 36-38 in winter and 38-40 in summer. Longer trips will average 41-44 but I have seen 52 mpg on a 120 mile freeway trip and 5-8 mpg on a really cold morning commute:} I think the Fuel Injection and Engine Management electronics are very rudimentary and you can feel it compensating all the time for hills and other situations. Turbo lag is nothing like as bad as in a Mini but is still very noticeable. Putting it in Sport certainly helps but then mpg plummets.
The seats especially the driver's are amazingly comfortable and much better than the Recaros in my Audi. However the quality of the cloth seat covers is extraordinarily low quality and had to be replaced at the 10,000 mile service and is now looking quite threadbare now too.
Incredible in this day and age and the Dealer says so far it cannot do anything about it again. I only weigh 190lbs too. I would definitely ask your Salesperson about it........this is why I gave it a 1 for build quality.
The radio is very good and I didn't get the upgraded one.
Obviously change the seat cloth to one that lasts longer than a few thousand miles
Upgrade the Engine Controls
This is a great car, it's roomy, fun to drive, really well built, pretty fast, and incredibly fuel-efficient. I get 43-45 mpg in my commute, mid 50's on the highway (I got 59 mpg recently), and mid 30's in the city. The Golf is surprisingly good in the winter (I put snow tires on it), it got through over foot of snow in my driveway pretty easily last winter. This car constantly surprises me with its talents.
Everything is easy to use, excellent fuel economy, surprisingly refined engine, quiet, nice transmission, tons of space, great seats, comfortable ride, good steering (it is a little numb), great back seat, very nimble, great visibility, and excellent quality.
Ideally the 170hp 2.0 TDI from Europe, the European GTD's styling would be great, a little weight loss (as long as it doesn't hurt safety), and possibly a 7 speed manual (currently one doesn't exist other than the 991 Porsche 911)