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The 2011 Volkswagon Golf and GTI

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On: Fri, Apr 23, 2010 at 1:50PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

The 2011 Volkswagon Golf and GTI

The all new 6th generation Volkswagen Golf and GTI are here, and according to the chief executive of Volkswagen of America, the twin hatchbacks are all about giving consumers “affordable German fun.”

Auto reviews after the debut of the Golf, at the recent New York International Auto show, were quoted as stating that the seats in the new VWs “manage to look and feel better than seats in a $100,000 Corvette ZR1.”

The Golf is a great example of how automakers need to keep updating and changing their models in order to stay competitive in the auto market today. They need to keep improving features such as high quality interiors to almost luxury level, or the 2-liter turbo diesel engine which provides the fuel economy that today’s consumer demands: 22 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

The 2011 Volkswagen Golf is similar in equipment to the Jetta. However, while the Jetta comes in a sedan and wagon body styles, the 2011 Golf is available as a two-door or four-door hatchback. The Golf is considered to be a little more on the sporty side than the Jetta. However, both are offered in a wide array of trim levels, and several different engine options are available.

Besides the improved interior, the new 2011 model Golf also has cleaner lines, a lower stance, and sportier overall look. The interior of the new Golf has been described as having the feel of a much more expensive vehicle, which is quite impressive, particularly considering that this is a car which originally evolved from the VW Rabbit.

The price tag of the Golf is around $16,500; it goes on sale in August of 2010. The GTI will have a sticker price of around $24,000; fully loaded it will be around $30,000.

For the Golf, there are two models available: The 2.5 and the TDI. The first is powered by a 2.5-liter gasoline engine rated at 157 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. The TDI is equipped with a 2.0-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder diesel which produces 137 hp and a whopping 236 lb.-ft. of torque. Both models are offered with a manual or an automatic transmission.

The TDI model comes with a sport-tuned MacPherson strut front suspension that lowers the ride height by as much as 2 inches. The rear gets a four-link suspension with an anti-roll bar, and the TDI rides on wider 225/45R-17 all-season performance tires. The TDI achieves an estimated 48 mpg which is in the realm of the best rated hybrids.

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