• Oct 2, 2009
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Several weeks ago, a tipster stumbled across the web page for the 2010 Golf buried in Volkswagen's consumer website, giving us a preview of the some of the details of the U.S.-spec MK VI model. VW has now made that information official including pricing, options and EPA mileage numbers.

For 2010, U.S. Golf buyers will be able to choose from two engine options, the old 2.5-liter inline-five carried over from the MK V model and the 2.0-liter TDI that debuted last year in the Jetta. Gas engined Golfs have a starting tab of $17,490, and the better equipped TDI kicks off at $21,990. Why "better equipped," you ask? All TDI Golfs receive a new uplevel touch-screen audio system with Sirius satellite radio and mobile device interface. Diesels also get a special lowered sport suspension as standard fit. Unlike the 2009 Jetta TDI, DSG-equipped Golfs will also get steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.

For 2010, Volkswagen has also managed to eek out improved EPA numbers,with the manual gas Golf getting a 22/30 mpg rating. The manual diesel reaches 30/41 mpg while the DSG diesel achieves 31/42 mpg – up 2 mpg from the 2009 Jetta.



[Source: Volkswagen]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not a fan of small cars but considering the price and the MPG I might actually be coaxed into a car like this. $22k is not bad for a nicely equipped car. I hope the reliability is up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Quirky they are, but I just turned 210K on my '98 TDI and it is still going. I've replace the timing belt, water pump, compressor and turbo over 11 years. Still on original clutch. I do not see that kind of life out of many econoboxes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      zamafir"

      "that the turbos will need to be replaced at 80k (B5 S4 anyone?). "

      I have two 1.8Ts that just went over the 150,000 mile mark - and still going strong - with the ORIGNAL turbos...

      Anyone that can't get at least 150,000 miles with the original turbocharger should seriously consider taking the bus.

      1. Change the oil every 5000 miles. NO EXCEPTIONS
      2. NEVER USE CONVENTIONAL OIL IN A TURBOCHARGED ENGINE. Use motor oils that are on the VW 502.00 or VW 503.01 list - not oils that SAY they conform to the VW specs - they must be ON the list. (NOTE: all oils on this list are synthetic).
      3. After a high-speed highway drive, let the car idle a couple of minutes before turning off the engine in order for the turbo to properly spin down and the critical turbo bearing gets cooled by the circulating engine oil.

      Failure to do any of these steps will lead your turbo to an early grave (and $1500+ replacement cost)....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in Europe and i have the 1.6 tdi 105 hp
      Average 55mpg in highway at 140km/h ( 87mph)
      Average 60mpg in highway at 120km/h ( 75mph) speed limit in Belgium....
      Combined 53mpg City/highway ( in real use ) When i say 53 mpg , it's without compromise. For people who drive and respect speed limit ( 75mph ) , you can return almost 60mpg.
      Here it's the torque the most important. It's not about HP.
      Diesel have great torque and it's easy to pass in the highway. try the 2.0 TDI. it's a great engine. You will return around 45mpg.
      i don't know about EPA number.... 31/42 it's not good for the Golf 2.0 tdi.....
      But it was a test car with almost 0 miles. Maybe it's normal to have these number....
      MPG will improve with times. ( Around 10.000 miles, you'll get a decent mpg and better than expected)
      If you drive only in the city and want to go shopping, Buy an Hybrid.
      If you do a lot of highway and love the torque , buy a diesel.

      Sorry for my poor english ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a suprise, since the 2010 Jetta TDi gets the about the same mileage. (30/42) Interesting fact, a 4dr auto Golf is $485 more than a 2010 auto Jetta S.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like the TDI without being gouged for expensive, unwanted features please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow - we finally get the diesel golf back and all the comments complain that we have to take sport features (on a car blog, no less). Personally, I'm stoked that they're releasing the diesel, and I'm glad that it doesn't come only as some bargain basement model. I actually would love the GTD; I guess I'm in the minority.

        Go veedub - this may well be the next car for my wife. She likes Golfs and high gas mileage; I like diesels and fun-to-drive cars. This is perfect.

        Oh, and the suspension needed to be recalibrated for the extra weight of the Diesel anyway; my guess is that they just chose to go slightly stiffer and call it a "Sport" suspension so they can help justify the diesel's extra cost. I'll bet almost the entire premium on the car goes to the diesel, not to the extra features. Electronics are usually high-margin because they are really low cost, so throwing them in can make people feel better about the extra premium on the diesel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Quote: ""Wow - we finally get the diesel golf back and all the comments complain that we have to take sport features (on a car blog, no less)""

        Believe it or not, there are a lot of car enthusiasts who aren't into sports cars at all.

        There exists a whole universe of automobilia that doesn't involve sports cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AngeloD: A very good point about car enthusiasts that don't care for sports cars. 90% of the "Sports" cars sold in the US are not worth owning. For me, that includes ALL fwd cars. Touring cars is a different game, AWD and RWD are big on my list.

        The cheapest proper sports car sold in the US is the MX5.

        Camaro, Mustang, CTS, 3 Series including M3, Audi anything (bar the R8), all touring cars.

        Elise, Z06, ZR1, 911,Cayman, R8, Sports cars.

        Garden variety Corvette, Z4, Boxster etc more touring than sporting in nature.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's true. It really is lame how we're shoehorned into packages, or standard equipment models for extra money, when in Europe you can get a car in 15,000 different trims with like 8 different engine options. Maybe Volkswagen figures that America is so freaking starved for a good diesel car, such as the Jetta TDI sportwagon which is selling like hotcakes, that we'll just lap up whatever oil-burner they can throw at us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought this was out already? I passed a dealership Monday in Dartmouth and they had about 5 on the lot...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Passed by the place again tonight - they have about 10 non-GTI models in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        (Nova Scotia, Canada)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think they were GTIs - I thought they were regular non-GTI, non-TDI versions. I thought this article was talking about regular Golfs too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, he stated weight when I really think he meant energy density, rather than physical density. That made it a bit confusing to read. Either way, it doesn't matter much to most consumers anyhow. If he did actually mean physcal density and weight, then he has even less of a clue about what he's speaking of.

      For instance, take two people, give one a gas car that gets 30mpg and has a 15gal tank and the other a diesel car that gets 40mpg and has a 15gal tank and which one do you think they would prefer to have given that info? You'll go farther on the 15gallons in the diesel's tank because it's a more dense(read: efficient) energy source.

      Don't knock diesel just because gasoline is a less efficient power source.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been reading through these replies and the old adage "You can't please 'em all" certainly comes to mind.

      VW is the only company daring to launch diesels in the US that are affordable for the average buyer. Some may not like the price, or the 'sport suspension', or the 'extra gadgets' and that's fine because there are other cheap econo boxes to choose from, but you can hardly expect VW to offer 7 or 8 different variations over here in the land of 'more bigger, more stuff and more power'. They are in business to make money (duh), so they will charge whatever the market will bear.

      You can bet that many of the other auto makers are watching VWs experience with diesels very closely. When, and if, they decide to bring over some of their diesel models, then we may see VW's prices drop a bit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if you get raped for maintenance and repairs in comparison to a standard Golf too? Also where is the MK VI configurator for the GTI? They're on the lots but the VW website still shows only the MK V.
        • 5 Years Ago
        come on man, we've both been on here for a while, im familiar with ur audi history, i've owned them, I dealt with a turbo issue on my 1.8T, but the diesel engines are a different sort, there's not common understanding that their coil packs will fail, that the turbos will need to be replaced at 80k (B5 S4 anyone?). They're just different animals.

        Yes, a 2.0TDi is a more complex engine than a 2.5L tractor mill. Having put over 200,000 miles on the previous iteration (1.9TDI) without issue (vs the 1.8T) I'm merely offering that these engines shouldn't fall into the same like of skepticism as the 2.7TT or 1.8T. Both with massive tomes of information pertaining to their inherent design flaws.

        VAG's just done a much more consistent job with their TDI powerplants is all, sorry if I wasn’t specific. Also, like most idiots in California, I tend not to keep my car past 5 years, save a 4000s I ran over 350,000 miles, so my views will be based on a limited, though I hope realistic, life span of 100,000~200,000 intended miles during the ownership of the car.
        ALSO, this isn’t to say something else won’t take a crap, ie the mechatronics recall.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fine, it doesn't have to have a urea injection system, it just needs a much more complex array of sensors so that it can go into and out of cat regeneration mode instead.

        I find your bald assertion that more complex things don't break more often to be ridiculous. Both because it goes against logic and because I own a VW with turbochargers and intercoolers and I can assure you the extra complex intake and exhaust tracts have led to multiple repairs in my vehicle over the time I've owned it (bypass valves twice, exhaust gas diverter valves, leaking turbo oil lines, two throttle body boots).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll give you this, the common rail TDIs were out in Europe a while before the US, unlike the 1.8T or the 2.7T when they debuted here, so maybe we can look at the reliability of the 2.0TDI in Europe and get an idea of how it will be in the US. But has anyone done this? Is it really the same long-term repair/maintenance costs as a NA gas engine?

        I forgot one thing: auxiliary water pump. It also had to be replaced on my car (although it may just have been the dealer ripping me off or being idiots), it's used to pump coolant to the turbos and so also represents additional repairs compared to a NA engine I believe.

        Honestly, I'm glad to still have my turbos. I haven't abused them, but seeing what happened to 2.7Ts in S4s and having had my car for 109,000 miles, I'm glad they're still going.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Zamafir:
        A 4 cylinder with turbocharger and intercooler, urea injection system and 20,000psi fuel injection simply has more stuff to break than a simple N/A 4-banger. More expensive stuff to break. If maintenance and repairs aren't higher I'll shocked. If anything they'll be higher simply because of the perceived ability to pay that a higher cost vehicle implies. Same way the exact same repair part costs more on my Audi A6 than it does for a VW Jetta.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My 2010 Jetta TDI gets 53.4 avg mpg all the time! I even posted a video:
      http://www.topgearage.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm just wondering, if I can get a consistent 38mpg from my Civic with somewhat economical driving, what could I get with the Golf TDI? Another concern is, how would it fare in the switchbacks, as far as mpg goes? Again, my Civic is a gas guzzler when you have it revved up, it got THIRTEEN mpg on a backroad blitz. And also, on the interstate, how economical would the engine be at a constant 100mph? I just wonder how a diesel would fare under those conditions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dal your guess is wrong. On two separate occasions I've driven the similar Jetta and Audi A3 TDIs in the canyons around Malibu. Hard driving in the Jetta yielded an average 34 mpg and 31 mpg with the Audi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        Highway cruising is what diesels excel at. Even at 100mph, it will still return great mileage. Likely higher than most any other gas vehicle at the same speeds.

        Same with the canyon cruising. A Honda engine and a TDI are about as far from each other as can be. Hondas are not known for their torque and their power is made at high revs. High revs don't equal high mpg's. TDI's(and diesels in general), are known for their low-end torque and don't need to rev high to make that power.

        Basically, you can be a gear(or even 2) higher in a TDI and just ride the wave of torque while still getting good mileage. Read up on the Audi Mileage Marathon if you want to see what other journalists were able to achieve with the modern TDI's. http://www.autoblog.com/tag/AudiMileageMarathon/

        So, to answer your first question, if you can achieve 38mpg in a Civic, I wouldn't be surprised to see you achieve upper 40's or even low 50's with a TDI.

        Truth be told, I'm considering a Golf TDI. I'm not a big Jetta fan honestly. But, what I'd really like is for VWAG to offer a TDI car with AWD as well. Any of the AWD TDI vehicles they have currently are SUV's. I had hopes for the A3 TDI, but that is going to be FWD as well. I'd be all over an AWD A3, Golf TDI or even a Jetta Sportwagen TDI if any of them offered AWD combined with the TDI. It's possible the A4 TDI will be AWD, but that's likely out of my price range until it's been on the used market for a few years.
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