2010 Volkswagen Golf vs. Its Competition

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

On fuel economy alone, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf/TDI makes a strong case to compact-car buyers.

There are many engaging competitors, though.

The Honda Civic is a perennial favorite here, though its latest design isn't a favorite.

The Hybrid version has TDI-trumping fuel economy.

The latest Ford Focus matches the Golf with two body styles, and buyers tend to be attracted to its powerful SYNC entertainment system, but it's styled poorly.

The Mazda3 is the perennial favorite for handling, but it can't match the VW's solid feel, even after a full redesign this year that thoroughly upgrades the interior.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Volkswagen Golf/TDI feels more upscale than its competitors, and the diesel's exceptional fuel economy is an unexpected bonus in the class.
The 2010 Mazda3 engages drivers like few other compact cars, though a little more room and less noise couldn't hurt.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I5Gas I4N/A
EPA Class  
Style Name  
2-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual i SVN/A
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/A
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door HB4 Door SedanN/A
Manual w/ODManual w/ODN/A
Detailed Spec Comparison
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