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Selected Style 2-Door HB Manual
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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
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $18,965 $19,755
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,297 $23,225
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $22,930 $23,885
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,353 $24,325
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $23,986 $24,985
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Ulsan Plant) *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $14,536 $14,945
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $16,629 $17,195
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $16,629 $17,195
4-Door Sedan Automatic Ltd 28 38 $19,349 $20,195
4-Door Sedan Automatic Ltd PZEV 28 38 $19,349 $20,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,275
$14,536
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,995
$14,945
Monthly Payment Estimate
$300 / month
$249 / 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. 38 mpg; a sleek, sophisticated look; and even more value for the money confirm that this little sedan has officially left the Corolla in the dust.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 23 mpg 28 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Mid-Size
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 33.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 52.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 55.9
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.0 95.6
Second Head Room (in) 38.5 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 54.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 43.6
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.3 69.9
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 61.5
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 165.4 178.3
Height, Overall (in) 58.3 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 61.5
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 15.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³) - 14.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 x 1.0 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x 0.5 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 12.8
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - NA
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 ft 34.8
Steering Type Pwr Pwr
Tires
Rear Tire Size 195/65R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 195/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2968 2661 (est)
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.0 2.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 480 NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 90
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 131 @ 4700
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/151 1.8L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 148 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 23 28
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.65 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.87 0.98
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.63
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 3.31
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.27 1.26
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.66 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.60 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 1.96
Trans Order Code NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door HB 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Golf Hyundai Elantra
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Torsion Axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.2 5.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6.7 8
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
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