As the entire compact class ups its game with tech-savvy features and luxury-like standard equipment, VW and the Golf have responded. They're not quite as plush for the dollar as some of the newest Korean cars, but the Golf lineup now has competitive gadgets to keep enthusiasts in the fold, straying just a bit from its econocar roots in the process.
All Golf hatchbacks now come with standard cruise control; power locks, mirrors and windows; air conditioning; and a CD player and an auxiliary port. TDI versions add an LCD interface for the audio system; satellite radio and a CD changer; steering-wheel audio controls; and Bluetooth.
On the options list, VW lists Bluetooth for base models, a sunroof, and heated seats. TDI versions can upgrade their listening pleasure with 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 new 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.