2011 Volkswagen Golf
Few of its rivals can match the joy of the fully redesigned ’11 Volkswagen Golf’

ted laternes

The Volkswagen Golf was fully restored and redesigned in 2010 and little modified in 2011.

The 2011 hatchback got here in three- and five-door variations and was powered by a 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine, which made it a scorching rod.

For instance, a 1,376-kg physique with 170 horsepower, a three-door model with a handbook gearbox, can hustle from zero to 100 km/h in about eight seconds. Few of its rivals can match it.

There was additionally a TDI model with a turbo-diesel engine, in addition to a station wagon and the colourful GTI Sport hatchback. However these three have been completely different beasts, with completely different driving traits and distinctive engineering.

And to complicate issues additional in Canada, Volkswagen additionally offered the Metropolis Golf, which was primarily the prior technology, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a considerably cheaper price tag.

You may get the garden-variety hatchback in three trim ranges: Trendline, Sportline and Highline. The Highline was solely supplied with a five-door model. Variations included bigger wheels and tyres, an influence sunroof, completely different seats, tighter suspension, heated entrance seats, and lots of different odds and sods. The bottom transmission was a five-speed handbook and you might get a six-speed automated as nicely.

Click here to downloadCommonplace tools degree was respectable. You get gadgets like cruise management, air con, distant central locking and energy adjustable mirrors. Heated entrance seats and heated windshield nozzles have been additionally accessible however weren’t commonplace.

One of many issues that set the Golf aside from its rivals was that it had an nearly upscale really feel. Apart from a small engine enhance, it was the quietest hatchback available on the market with minimal noise, vibration and harshness, tasteful inside trim, full instrumentation and smart ergonomics.

Fold down the 60/40 backseat and also you get 1,310 liters of cupboard space, which compares favorably with fashions just like the Mazda 3 and Toyota Matrix.

The five-cylinder Golf was somewhat shy on gas economic system. The three-door with a five-speed handbook was rated by Pure Assets Canada at 10.4 liters per 100 km within the metropolis and seven.0 on the freeway. These numbers have been lower than nearly each different competitor at this finish of the market. Citi Golf was barely higher.

There are two security remembers from Transport Canada to report. One pertained to the TDI model, which can have had gas line points, and the opposite affected all five-cylinder fashions, together with the gas provide. On this case, a plastic tab on the windshield washer fluid reservoir can go towards the gas line and trigger it to leak, leading to a hearth.

The US Nationwide Freeway Site visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) had 25 technical service bulletins for this technology of Golf. These embrace potential timing chain slippage, low gas strain leading to beginning issues, heating and air flow techniques getting good snow, complete engine failure and issues with the automated gearbox experiencing a “delay” earlier than the automobile can begin. Huh.

Extra Auto Critiques

Shopper Reviews had a schizophrenia in regards to the 2011 Golf. On one hand, it appreciated its crisp dealing with and experience high quality and admittedly it was enjoyable to drive. CR, however, acknowledged that the Golf “has a protracted historical past of iffy credibility.” It scored nicely in most areas however solely rated “common” reliability scores.

Some feedback from the house owners to CR:

  • “A blast to drive”;
  • “Top quality all through”;
  • “When idle I barely know it is happening.”

A 2011 Golf goes for round $6,000 to $10,000 relying on the choice and trim degree. For instance, the bottom three-door trendline is within the $6,000-to-$8,000 neighborhood, whereas the top-end five-door highline is close to $10,000. It seems to be like three doorways are going rather less than 5 doorways.

2011 Volkswagen Golf

base worth: $19,999
system: 2.5-liter five-cylinder
horse energy: 170
Torque:: 177 foot kilos
switchTiptronic: 5-speed handbook or six-speed automated with handbook shift
Gasoline Saving (Litre/100km): 10.4 metropolis and seven.0 freeway, with handbook transmission and common fuel
some choices: Mazda3, Honda Match, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Matrix, Kia Rondo, Volkswagen Metropolis Golf, Nissan Versa

Ted Laternas has been an automotive journalist since 1976. He was twice named Canadian Car Journalist of the Yr and is a previous president of the Car Journalists Affiliation of Canada (AJAC). For interview requests, click on right here.


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