What the car lacks in performance in the engine department, it makes up for it on reliability and good gas millage. I own a 5speed so that might have some to do with it but 27mpg is common for me with a mix of hwy and lots of city driving. This car is good for your average commute; work, shopping; etc. It has plenty of space, just fold down the back two seats and you got a darn good size trunk/hatch space. Honestly you cant go wrong, with a 2.0 (8v) Golf, also known as the 2.slow. Unless you're a speed fanatic then I suggest go with the 1.8t (20v) Gti.
All the features are easy to operate my radio not being a Monsoon still puts out quite a good sound. The only difference from Monsoon and your regular radio is a astounding 10rms!!! Keep that in mind, an aftermarket deck will outplay a Monsoon any day at 25rms average. The colors at night on the radio and the dash are great, blue and red.
Comfort on the car could be better, but then again it isn't your SUV its a compact hatch. The seats are very comfortable (front), back ones are good for smaller people :) OR Cargo!!! The cupholders are quite tricky, as you have your handbrake right next to both of them, lesson learned; Keep the bigger cups toward the back. But there are only a few negatives. The smooth ride, quiet interior, and seats easy to adjust compesates for the not so wonderful cupholders.
Now the main reason I bought the car...Safety, you cant beat it. This car has one of the best safety records around. I believe my model has 6 airbags! So if you're looking for a safe, economical, practical car. Here's your sign...
Economical car with great build quality and good driving characteristics
Comfortable, economical yet fun to drive, great looks
2010 Volkswagen GolfTravel Guy - California / Europe10/19/2012
I have never owned a VW but after having VW TDI's as rentals in Europe a couple times I had to buy one for my commuter @ home.
Compared to other small cars I've owned (Toyota, Mazda & ford) the Audi like feel and quality of the materials makes my TDI the most satisfying vehicle purchase of my adult life. I like the fact it's not a re-badged low budget car with a smooth body over a old chassis. It consistently gets over the EPA MPG rating (43.4 av over 55K / best of 54.6) and the sporty performance makes me forget I'm driving a fuel mizer.
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