2010 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Fast, frugal and fun!!!

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Fast, frugal and fun!!!
By jbartuski on


2010 Volkswagen Golf 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


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.

Best Features

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.

Worst Features

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? Ummm... put the lame-duck new Jetta back on the awesome Golf chassis??? =]
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By jbartuski
on 04/19/13 10:07 AM (PDT)

Update: this morning, after heavy snowfall (in late April - yuck!!!), Check Engine Light on and car does not rev past 3,000 rpm. Only 34,000 miles on the odometer. Called VWofA, I am covered under 2yr Certified warranty. Tow truck is on its way... we'll see what happens.

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By jobot
on 04/22/13 12:56 PM (PDT)

Update II: Knock sensor. Replaced by dealer under VW Certified warranty. Cost: $50 deductible. I am once again a happy camper. Love my Golf.

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