The 2010 VW Golf Hatchback Has Style, Value and Practicality in Spades

March 17, 2010
When people are shopping for an inexpensive, practical, value packed family vehicle they rarely think of the Volkswagen brand and that is a shame as the name itself means “The People’s Car.” While the 6th generation 2010 Golf hatchback may get lots of attention in its TDI diesel engine and GTI forms, the base model with a 2.5-liter, 170-horsepower five-cylinder is a downright bargain with prices starting at only $17,620 for the two door model.

For family car buyers, however, you just can’t beat the utilitarian nature of the four door Golf hatchback which starts at $19,335 very well equipped. The spunky little standard five-cylinder engine has lots of torque so it feels fast and it makes an offbeat thrumming noise as the revs build. EPA estimates for fuel economy are 22 city/30 highway and all VWs come with three years/36,000 miles of free maintenance so a 2010 VW Golf will be easy on your wallet too.

The interior is where the newly revised 6th generation Golf really shines head and shoulders above all of its competition. Soft touch plastics cover most every surface, build quality is perfection and the materials used all seem like they were selected because they were pleasant to touch.

Chrome ringed dials and knobs rule the day and even the seat fabrics used on the most basic Golf models seem durable and built to last. One thing that never changes in a Golf hatch is the huge cargo area which measures 12.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up. There are plenty of cubbies for your stuff in the 2010 Golf which means wallets, sunglasses and MP3 players can be hidden easily from prying eyes.

Standard on every 2010 Golf is air conditioning, an eight-speaker touch screen audio system, power everything, auxiliary input jack and a five-speed manual transmission. Optionally you can specify your 2010 Golf with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic, a power moonroof, Bluetooth and rear passenger side airbags. Come on now VW, airbags should really always be standard equipment especially on such a safe vehicle like the 2010 Golf.

The Car Connection editor Marty Padgett wasn’t as thoroughly enthusiastic about the 2010 Golf, however, as he blasted the vehicle’s “frumpy styling” and inadequate interior room. While the 2010 Golf may seem small to people used to a super-sized Suburban, this “classically handsome” hatchback has plenty of room for a small family. Heck, families in Europe love the Golf so much that it is one of the best selling cars on the Continent.

On the road the 2010 VW Golf is quiet and refined giving off the air of a far more expensive car. But when equipped with the smooth shifting five speed manual transmission there is still plenty of fun to be had on twisting mountain roads in this 6th generation Golf. Because we all know just because you have a family doesn’t mean we have to stop having fun.

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