Her and His Reviews

April 15, 2010

2010 Volkswagen Golf

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Chuck Kerber, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

Anne Chuck
$19,340 as tested $19, 340 as tested
2.5 liter vehicle with 177 lbs of torque and 177 horsepower

Quick to maneuver and nimble.

Anti-lock Braking System

15"steel wheels with all season tires

Independent front and rear suspension

Electro-mecahnical Power Steering for easier maneuverability

2.5 Liter 170 Horsepower, 177 Ft. Lbs. or Torque, in-line 5-cylinder engine

Electro-mechanical Power Steering

Independent Front and Rear Suspension

Fuel Economy
23 city miles/30 highway miles 23 MPG City, 30 MPG Highway
The Car
Coming off the Detroit Auto Show n January, this test drive was highly anticipated by our team. While the car is nimble and gets an overall nod, there were certain attributes that were confusing from this Volkswagen.

Back seat - this customer has to know the comfort and space is not paramount.

What the deal with the hatchback door? Did I need an MBA degree to open? No, but do need to read the owner's manual.

The last item of frustration was getting the front seats to go forward enough to get all my goodies from Best Buy in and out of the car. Nothing user-friendly about this.

Cup holders are adequate in count

60/40 split folding rear seats

Slightly redesigned for 2010, the new Golf screams mediocrity. Small modifications have been made to the shell of the car, front and rear. The style improvements make for a more round, softer design.

The car drives well, but lacks power at lower RPMs. Steering and handling are good, but lack refinement and sportiness. The 6-Speed Automatic Triptronic Transmission provides sportiness and added control. The instrument panel is basic, and easy to navigate.

A few points of contention: First, the seatbelt is positioned far behind the seat. Prepare on wrenching yourself 180 degrees to put your belt on, very frustrating. Also, the gas pedal and brake are situated too close to each other. My foot engaged the brake and gas pedal simultaneously.

Rear seating isn't cramped, but also is not designed for anyone over 5'8".

Front seat side Air Bags

Rear seat Side Air Bags are unavailable

Remote keyless locking device

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Daytime Running Lights

Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children

3 point Safety Belts on all Seatings

Electronic Stabilization Program

Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP)

Front and Rear Power Assisted Brakes

Daytime Running Lights

3-Point Safety Belts on all Seating Positions

Side Protection Door Beams

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Power, heated mirrors good for getting the spring thaws removed

Anti-theft alarm

In dash CD player and MP3 capability

Trip computer and compass with outside temperature reading

Power, heated outside mirrors

Multi-function trip computer and compass with outside temperature display

Daytime Running Lights

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Remote Keyless Locking System

In-dash single CD player with MP3 format compatibility

Auxiliary input jack for I-Pod

Aesthetics & Styling
The overall look of the vehicle is just what it needs to be - universal in design and appeal, but where oh where is that VW sassiness?

The console and instrument panel is simple and clean

The dark interior gets scuffed and dirties easily.

The 'glide device' that allows the front seats to move up and back was completely exposed, leaving a most unfinished, industrial look.

This is an unremarkable car aesthetically. It looks "nice" but isn't noticeable in any regard. The lines are spongy, lacking the aggressiveness that a consumer may be looking for in this particular car segment.

The inside echoes much of the same; nothing to write home about.

Although the instrumentation is easy to understand, nothing stands out technologically, or style-wise.

The awkward positioning of the gas/brake pedals as well as seat belts makes one pause for serious concern.

3 years/36,000 miles

Power train is 5 years/60,000

24 Hour Roadside Assistance for 3 years/36,000 miles

3 years, 36,000 miles whichever comes first

Powertrain Limited Warranty 5 years, 60,000 miles whichever comes first.

Non-tangibles / Other
Made in Germany The 2010 Golf by Volkswagen is an ordinary car with average styling, handling and appeal. The new Golf will be competing with the Nissan Altima, Toyota Corolla, and Honda Civic. In order to compete in this important segment of the auto industry, Volkswagen is going to need to make significant improvements with the design and technological aspects of this car.