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GREEN | 9 out of 10
2011 Volkswagen Golf: 24/31 mpg, automatic; 23/33 mpg, manual
2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI: 30/42 mpg
The Volkswagen Golf lineup gets one of our highest ratings for fuel economy, even though there's not a hybrid in sight.
The Golf's turbodiesel four-cylinder does even better than some hybrids. According to the EPA, it delivers fuel economy of 30/42 mpg, whether you choose its six-speed dual-clutch automatic or a manual six-speed transmission.
With the standard five-cylinder, the Golf still passes the 30-mpg mark, though new compacts like the Hyundai Elantra are pushing 40 mpg. The Golf is rated by the EPA at 24/31 mpg with this engine and an automatic transmission; opting for the manual cuts city mileage down to 23 mpg, but boosts highway numbers to 33 mpg.The Golf lineup includes a distinct GTI model with a turbocharged engine. It's covered separately, and rated separately.
The TDI gives the 2011 Volkswagen Golf hybrid-like fuel economy, though the five-cylinder is just average.