2011 Volkswagen Golf Overview
German quality, practical design, and capable engineering come together to form the out-of-this-world efficient 2011 Volkswagen Golf hatchback.
The 2011 Volkswagen Golf is extremely versatile, available in two- and four door configurations, 2.5L and TDI trims and has a high-performance sibling: the GTI. The big difference between the two trims comes under the hood. 2.5L models get a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder gas engine that produces 177 pounds-feet of torque. The Golf TDI features a TDI 140-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liiter inline-four diesel engine with 236 pounds-feet of torque. Both are mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and the front-wheel-drive TDI boasts a sport-tuned suspension for enhanced handling and traction.
The largest benefit of opting for the TDI comes at the pump. Because of the TDI diesel engine, fuel economy ratings get a huge bump and 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway, which is as good as or better than some hybrids. Gas powered varieties of the Golf aren’t slouches at the pump either, getting 23-24 mpg in the city and 31-33 mpg on the highway.
Competition in the small hatchback segment includes the Toyota Matrix, Mini Cooper, and Mazda3 hatchback. Dual tailpipes, 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, body-colored mirrors, and daytime running lights come standard. If you want to spruce up your Golf even more, fog lights, integrated turn signals for the side mirrors, a power moonroof, and 17-inch alloy wheels are optional. Inside, the 2011 Volkswagen Golf seats five and 15 cubic feet of storage behind the 60/40-split backseat.
After going through a redesign in 2010, the 2011 Golf carries on with height adjusters and lumbar support for the front seats, power locks and mirrors, keyless entry, one-touch power windows, three-spoke steering wheel, air conditioning, cruise control, and an auxiliary input jack as standard equipment. A touch-screen stereo, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth® connectivity, Dynaudio sound system, and heated seats are optional.
The 2011 Volkswagen Golf is also loaded with safety features, like side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for the front and back rows, an electronic stability program, antilock brakes, and optional side-impact airbags for the outer rear seats. The electronic stability program includes anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, hydraulic brake assist, and electronic brake-force distribution for optimal handling in adverse or emergency conditions.
If you’re looking for a sleek, stylish compact car with exceptional fuel economy and hatchback versatility, the 2011 Volkswagen Golf fits the bill.