2011 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: Big disappointment

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Big disappointment
By riptide262 on


2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


This car was underwhelming.
Coming from a 200 HP Saab,
I did not mind the weak engine except the manual transmission would fight any attempt to downshift quickly.
The heater/AC moved so little air that you were either cold/hot or had to listen to the fan drone away on high.
The steering feel was nonexistent. You could not feel the front end break loose on snow.
The final straw was a fuel cut off that caused it to die in traffic if short shifted.
It was fun to make fun of the driver who stalled in traffic until we were hit from behind because the car would just stop without brake lights.
There was no warning.
You would be driving in slowing traffic and it would stop.

Best Features

Comfortable seats. Great milage. Just the right size. Decent radio.

Worst Features

1. No steering feel. Not uncommon in cars with electric power steering but this sets a new low bar. 2. Manual transmission refuses to shift quickly, especially the 6-3 down shift 3. The engine would stall hard if brought even slightly below idle speed. Granted, this is a driver error but I have never driven a car that would just stall if you selected 4th gear instead of 3rd. The car just stops like the driver slammed on the brakes except there are no brake lights. This problem was so bad that we did not let our kids drive the car after my wife was involved in an accident. She has logged over 250,000 miles with a manual transmission.
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By chaprun
on 07/25/16 06:46 AM (PDT)

Wondering why you experienced poor blower/fan issue. Sorry this is 3 years after your review, but I'm still happily driving my 2011 Golf, and haven't had any air volume, noise, cooling or heating issues. I've also found the steering quite responsive, with good pavement to steering wheel feel. Guess this shows how subjective these reviews can be. Probably best to take a wide-range view of reviews and not focus on one or two.

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