A nice ride, crisp handling and the solid feel make any Golf a good choice. The 2.5's engine lacks refinement and fuel economy is middling. The diesel TDI gets excellent fuel economy, but does not meet emissions regulations. Many of these TDI versions have been bought back by VW as part of a settlement with owners and the EPA.
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The most fun automobile to drive that I have ever owned."

Anonymous, KY (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"The TDI engine is amazing. The DGS transmission is extremely unreliable. When the transmission works it is enjoyable to drive. When the transmission starts to get old, it is no longer fun to drive."

JOSH L., NY (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"good stability, bakes acceleration"

JUAN E., CA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Very responsive ,precise handling and small car"

SAUL B., NY (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Acceptable acceleration from somewhat corse inline 5, but excellent handling."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"superior handling. instills confidence. designed to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"The transmission is a little sluggish when you try to push it, but otherwise the car handles well and had great acceleration."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Accelerates quickly and beautifully. Handle very well. Very tight. Press the accelerator and whoooooshl. Loe it"

Penelope B., IL (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Solid drive, even at high speed. A tad nosey in cabin"

Michael W., CT (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Superb handling and acceleration. Much better than expected for a car in this class."

Anonymous, QC (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Excellent acceleration and handling"

Margaret S., PA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"great engine, powerful"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Nothing handles like a German vehicle. Road feel is excellent, steering is very responsive, acceleration is more than enough for my needs."

Donald C., NJ (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Good acceleration next time I will buy the gti"

Juan E., CA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"This is a diesel manual transmission and it handles like it did when we first bought it eight years ago. Great car."

Anonymous, ME (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"This is a fun car to drive with quick handling and a small turning circle. Quick acceleration has minimal affect on the mpg ( shift very quickly at round 2K rpm with the excellent manual transmission). The interior noise is muted quite well -- not as much as when new. German engineering for the Autobahn."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"I live in a mountainous area...lots of hills and lots of snow. The car does very well in these conditions. Extra bifpg engine helps."

Myrna A., QC (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Fabulous acceleration and excellent handling. Inspires driving confidence"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"There is nothing like it in this price range for acceleration and handling!"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Good acceleration especially in Sport transmission mode. Sure footed handling on rough roads and around corners. Great steering feel, brake feel, and ride quality."

Bill G., CO (2010 Volkswagen Golf)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The climate controls look cheap and it is difficult to tell what the controls are set to."

LARRY S., WA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"I can not see over the dashboard on the drivers side of the car! It is nearly impossible for me to drive. The passenger side seating is very nice, but the "cockpit" feel of the driver's seat is terrible. I am 5'3"."

Anonymous, OR (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Seats are not comfortable, due to the seat back are to curvy and force the occupant to hunch forward. In addition the headrest also tend to force occupant's head forward."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"If I get a backache from overdoing it, or I want a comfortable drive for pleasure, I take the Golf. It's quiet, the seats are shockingly comfortable, and the assurance of its handling make me feel safer than any other car I have owned."

ERIC M., PA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Seats are very uncomfortable. They force you to slouch."

Anonymous, WV (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Climate control: when lowering the temperature in winter, it takes a long time to respond or does not do it. Interior noise: very noisy ride Seats: very comfortable adjustable seats for your back but the seat is a little too deep for my short legs!"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Feels like a true German car. Solid build, quiet, sturdy, and all for less than 20K."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"road noise is excessive and has no relation to seat comfort. This is a poorly worded question that is asking about two completely different topics. The seats are very comfortable. It is the assault on one's hearing that is excessive."

Theodore C., MT (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Comfort is good, controls for setting comfort is very antiquated."

Michelle C., TX (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"The car is starting to show its age but is still very comfortable. Noise could be improved, especially at highway speeds."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"The seats are supportive and comfortable. have driver seven hour straight at times with no problem."

Donald C., NJ (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Too loud"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Most comfortable seats I have ever had in any car. Quiet compliant ride with very good handling."

Bill G., CO (2010 Volkswagen Golf)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Car has too many malfunction. Within the first 3 years, the refrigerant had to be refilled. Car was brought back afterward to check for dye indicator but no leakage point was found. By fifth year, dealer service person said refrigerant had to be filled again, and again afterward, no source of leakage was found. Service person then guessed that may be it was the AC compressor that had a problem. Just before the warranty ran out, the fuel pump broke and sent metal shards throughout the fuel inj"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"High quality materials and fit & finish inside and out. Most comfortable seats of any car I've had."

WILLIAM G., CO (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Intake manifold failed, not cylinder head. Cost was $1700 but factory paid $500. A/C Compressor failure cost $1100. High maintenance costs for this car. Oil change is very difficult."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Good car not too good with the millage"

Juan E., CA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Very reliable. Few repairs."

Margaret S., PA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"I purchased the 2 Door + lift back Golf 5 cylinder (regular-grade gasoline) engine with manual 5-speed Transmission almost 10 years ago at the end of the month of October and paid $19K plus tax and extended warranty $1.5K (approx) -- wasted $$$ for extended warranty. I've replaced the tires, wiper blades, and battery and had no other expenses other than annual maintenance at the dealer where I purchased the vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"A premium cheap car. Much more solid feeling drive than the Hondas I owned prior to the golf, but the Hondas reliability and cost of ownership was better"

Michael W., CT (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Solid car"

Juan E., CA (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

"Good reliability and driving experience overall. The car did stall twice- once at highway speed in heavy traffic, which was very dangerous. VW dealer seemed to remedy the problem. We're still waiting for payout due to the fraudulent emission software. We'll wait them out!"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Volkswagen Golf)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"most important are the highly visible rear lights, with the bright amber turning signal but I wish the turn signals on the side mirrors were larger. The car is unpretentious but to my eye is obviously a sturdy classic design."

PAT P., SK (2010 Volkswagen Golf)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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