From VW press:
For 2010, the venerable Volkswagen Golf is ready to stand out yet again—sporting fresh, dynamic styling inside and out. The Golf, now in its sixth generation, will be available with the highly anticipated, athletic yet extremely fuel efficient, TDI clean diesel engine. Available in both two and four-door models, the new Golf carries the Volkswagen brand heritage into overdrive with proven, German-engineered performance and refinement at affordable starting prices. The new Golf starts at $17,490 for the two-door model, and $19,190 for the four-door version. Several options are available to make the 2010 Golf a perfect choice for those consumers who demand a compact car that is equipped to not only be functional when called upon, but also looks, drives, and feels fun at the same time.
Having already been honored as the “World Car of the Year,” the latest- generation Golf promises more vigor, better usability and the best fuel economy of any Golf to date.
From the first glance, the 2010 Golf proudly shows off the new “face” of the Volkswagen brand with an all-new front end design that includes a wider, double- bar grille that blends into angled halogen headlamps for a sportier visage (High Intensity Gas-discharged Xenon headlamps are available as an option on the TDI model). The body-colored bumper sits above a revised lower front fascia featuring a wide-mouthed cooling duct. Crystalline oval fog lamps complete the front fascia on TDI models. These elements, combined with the Golf’s wider appearance give the hatchback a more commanding road presence.
Black window trim and the absence of side moldings keep things simple along the sides, for a cleaner look that remains pleasing to the eye. Heading to the rear, a hatch spoiler with integrated third brake light sits atop the hatch and is painted to match the rest of the body while touching on the Golf’s sporty capabilities. Updated taillights mimic their counterparts from up front, and feature integrated clear turn signal and reverse indicators along the bottom edge. Running lights are blended into the lower rear bumper which adds a blacked out insert and a cutout for a pair of exhaust tips.
The 2010 Golf will be available with the choice of two engines, customers can choose a 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder gasoline engine, or the 50-state compliant, 2.0-liter four-cylinder clean diesel TDI engine.
The standard 2.5L engine puts out a very usable 170 horsepower at 5,700 rpm, and a potent 177 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm. The 2.5L features an aluminum alloy cross flow head with four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, maintenance-free hydraulic lifters, and Motronic® sequential multi-port fuel injection.
A five-speed manual transmission comes standard on the two-door model, and a six-speed automatic gearbox with Tiptronic® control is standard on the four-door, which allows drivers to shift manually with an up or down push of the gear lever. The manual transmission with the 2.5L engine results in a quick zero to 60 mph time of 7.8 seconds, and rewards drivers with a return of 22 mpg in the city, and 30 mpg on the highway. Drivers who option their Golf with the six-speed automatic transmission can enjoy 23 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg for highway travel, and an 8.1 second run to 60 mph from a standstill.
For drivers that desire a fuel-sipping compact that emits 25 percent less greenhouse gas and achieves more than 30 percent better fuel economy compared to a similar gasoline engine, the 2010 Golf equipped with the 2.0L clean diesel TDI engine is more than up to the task. Available in both two-door 2 and four-door models, the Golf TDI is marked by its fusion of German-tuned performance and impressive fuel economy – compliments of an advanced electronically-controlled turbocharger and the electronically-controlled direct injection fuel system. The valve train consists of a single overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters for added piece of mind. All combined, the 2.0L powerhouse produces 140 horsepower at 4,000 rpm, and an impressive 236 lbs.-ft. of torque between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.
To deliver all that power to the road smoothly, a traditional six-speed manual transmission comes standard on the clean diesel TDI, and is good for an EPA-estimated 30 mpg during city travel, 41 mpg on the highway, and zero to 60 mph time of 8.6 seconds. Drivers can also go for the optional six-speed automatic Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG®) transmission with Tiptronic, and have the performance of a manual gearbox with the effortless precision of an automatic transmission. The DSG uses an automated dual-clutch system that instantly engages and disengages gears without the need for a driver-activated clutch pedal. A computer engages one clutch on the next gear needed, just as the clutch from the previous gear is released. Each resulting shift is quick yet smooth, and lacks the power loss that occurs when using a traditional manual transmission.
Tiptronic mode stops the transmission’s automated shifting and instead lets the driver control gear changes by either tapping the gearshift lever up or down, or using the shift paddles mounted to the steering wheel. With the DSG transmission, the Golf clean diesel TDI models provide 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway, as well as an 8.6 second sprint from zero to 60 mph.