The Volkswagen Golf has added more standard equipment over the years as it's grown out of its pure economy-car roots--and as it's watched the South Korean car companies set the pace for features.
For 2011, the Golf adds a a couple of new standard items, which are nearly the extent of the changes for the model year. All Golfs now come with standard power windows, locks, and mirrors; cruise control; air conditioning; and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with an auxiliary jack. The Golf TDI diesel tops that list with more standard gear, including an LCD-screen music interface; Sirius Satellite Radio; a multifunction steering wheel; a six-disc CD changer; and Bluetooth.
Golf buyers of all kinds can order a sunroof, and Bluetooth is available on the base model. Heated seats are an option, too. The TDI model gets an upgrade option for a 300-watt Dynaudio Lite audio system that sounds crisp and clear, and worth the added premium over the base system. The truly big-ticket option on the Golf is a navigation system that includes a 30GB hard drive for music and maps, DVD playback, an SD card slot, and USB connectivity.
All 2011 model-year Volkswagens include a new three-year, 36,000-mile maintenance plan, a new value proposition that could tip the balance for buyers shopping a price point.