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Selected Style 4-Door HB Express
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Body Style

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB Express 24 32 $16,949 $17,380
4-Door HB Mainstreet 23 27 $18,101 $18,620
4-Door HB Heat 24 32 $18,069 $18,585
4-Door HB Rush 23 29 $19,929 $20,585
4-Door HB Uptown 23 27 $19,929 $20,585
2-Door HB Manual
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Transmission

Engine

Emissions

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Manual PZEV 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,297 $23,225
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,353 $24,325
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,930 $23,885
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,986 $24,985
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,949
$17,275
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,380
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$290 / month
$300 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Volkswagen Golf has an upscale feel that's a notch above competitors; the TDI diesel gets exceptional, hybrid-like fuel economy.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Small Station Wagon Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.7 35.5
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 39.3
Second Hip Room (in) 49.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.2 93.0
Second Head Room (in) 38.9 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.4 52.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.8 41.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.2 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 27.7 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 68.8 70.3
Track Width, Front (in) 59.8 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.7 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 173.8 165.4
Height, Overall (in) 60.4 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 103.7 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 47.4 46.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 18.4 15.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.5 x 1.0 11.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 10.2 x 0.5
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 9.0 x 0.9 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.6 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - TBD - 35.8 ft
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/70R15 195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code TPB NA
Front Tire Size P205/70R15 195/65R15
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code TPB NA
Spare Tire Order Code TBC NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2940 2968
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.2 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 525 480
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 140
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 141 @ 5000 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code ECN NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 158 @ 6400 170 @ 5700
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 23
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.02 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.77 3.78
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.27
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 0.66
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.41 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.16 2.12
Trans Order Code DD7 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.12 3.65
Summary
Vehicle Name Dodge Caliber Volkswagen Golf
Body Style Hatchback 2 Door HB
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 7.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 6.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
 
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