TDI has great performance and MPG, especially on the Freeway, I enjoyed the car until I found out the truth about its emissions. I sold the car back to VW in Sept 2016. I will say that VW was very generous and I was pleased with the settlement. I turned around and bought a Jetta at a great price, and I'm absolutely pleased with it.
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