2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Inside there are front and rear reading lights, front cupholders and similar containers in all four doors. Rear space is more than adequate for three people and there is a 60/40 fold to enlarge the 12.4-cubic-foot covered cargo space. VW mounts seatback pockets for rear seat storage and there are additional cupholders in the fold-down armrest. There is no covered storage in this entry-level hatch, but plenty of open space and a single 12-volt plug at the base of the central stack.
While there is no satellite radio and no leather steering wheel or shifter the cabin retains a luxurious touch simply through the use of good materials and the simplicity of the black and matte gray interior layout.
There are no alloy rims but the Continental 195/55R-15” tires with very nice full wheel covers. Although less unsprung weight would be nice, it’s really not essential for this good handling hatch. There are no fog lights, nor does VW give automatic headlamps to the base Golf. VW also doesn’t charge extra for the automatic transmission, as other manufacturers tend to do. A small winglet at the hatch opening keeps dirt away and aids aerodynamics.
I love the exterior hatch access through lifting the large VW emblem and the ability to see a cruise control setting on the lower dash while driving. This cruise system is activated at the tip of the left stalk, while the right stalk holds the trip computer functions. There is also an outside temp LED on the dash and all this information works rhythmically.
VW achieves four-star driver and passenger ratings in a frontal crash and five stars for front and rear seats in a side crash. The rollover rating is four stars. All Volkswagen vehicles have three years or 36,000 miles of basic warranty together with roadside assistance. VW extends free scheduled maintenance for the warranty period, certainly lessening the blow of the entry fee.
There are many reasons to bring a 2010 VW Golf into the family driveway: its excellent manners over the road with regard to power, steering and braking, the Golf’s fine suspension travel and handling, its inherent manufacturing qualities with uniform seals and closures and endearing physical attributes.
This sixth iteration of the Volkswagen Golf – even in base form – could easily be the best.