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Volkswagen Golf Reviews from Consumer Reports

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Volkswagen Golf Reviews

The Volkswagen Golf is a 2-door hatchback, 4-door hatchback offered in a 2dr HB Man Launch Edition, 4dr HB Auto S w/Sunroof, 4dr HB DSG TDI S, 4dr HB Man TDI SE, 2dr HB Auto S, 4dr HB Man TDI SEL, 4dr HB Auto SEL, 4dr HB Auto SE, 4dr HB SEL Premium, 4dr HB Man TDI S, 4dr HB Man S w/Sunroof, 4dr HB Auto S, 4dr HB DSG TDI SEL, 2dr HB Man S and 4dr HB DSG TDI SE. The powertrains include 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp), 2.0-liter 4 turbo (292 hp) and 2.0-liter 4 turbodiesel (150 hp) engines, and 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 6-speed sequential transmissions. It is Front or AWD wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from 25 mpg city to 36 mpg highway. The Golf uses Regular fuel.

Competing models include Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Subaru Impreza.

Last Model Reviewed: 2015

Reviewed Volkswagen Golfs from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:

  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf hatchback TDI 4-cyl MT
  • 2008 Volkswagen Golf hatchback S 5-cyl

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