The oil diesels use can be pricey but they need it less often and the TDI is the only diesel engine to pass California's tough emissions regulations without urea injection. You can just guess what urea is and be as grossed out as you want to be that some cars drive around with containers of it near the front of the car. It does make you wonder if you can, ahem, refill it yourself. On that note, here are five great reasons to buy a VW Golf TDI.
The Fuel Efficiency
With current ratings of 30 city/41 highway the Golf TDI will be one of the best ways to get great economy this side of a Prius. While it cant compete with 50 miles per gallon in the city, the TDI also doesnt have to haul around all of that heavy and complex hybrid technology. You also don't have to call out special emergency services technicians after an accident should they need to get you out of your car with the jaws of life. You do know that could mean the difference between life and death for people? Just food for thought.
While some have said the 2010 Golf is a very conservative evolution of a very familiar design theme I say it is the best looking Golf since the original. Squat, chunky and with perfectly arranged headlights and taillamps, the Golf is truly classless and timeless. And it looks good as a two door or four door which is a difficult thing to pull off stylistically.
That Classy Dashboard
Seemingly carved out of a hillside of pressurized rubber, the interior of the new Golf redefines posh luxury in its segment. From the perfect placement of the power window controls on the doors to the easy to understand touch pad radio everything is in perfect order. As long as you don't hate chrome ornamentation everywhere (seriously everywhere) you will love the interior of the new Golf. The seats are also covered in a fabric that looks durable enough to withstand a weekend with Courtney Love. Or you niece and nephew.
Utility No Sedan In Its Class Can Beat
There is nothing more utilitarian than a hatchback. You never know when you are going to need to haul an awkward load and the Golf will be there for the long (pardon the pun) haul. Having owned a Golf before I know that I was able to move all of my house belongings in only three trips with the seats folded (granted I was younger then).
It is Green and I am Not Talking About the Color
While there is a shade of grey that VW is selling that looks green in certain light that is not the reason this car is green. This generation Golf has upped the percentage of recycled parts (as has been mandated by European law) and a diesel engine requires none of the extra electronic equipment, rare metals and minerals required by hybrid drivetrains. Its very simple. If I was Kermit the Frog and I was figuring out which green car to promote it would no doubt be the Golf TDI. I guess it isn't so hard being green anymore, now is it?