After a couple of years of selling the Golf as a Rabbit in the United States, Volkswagen has returned to using Golf for the latest model. Although the Golf is Volkswagens entry-level model, it is constructed and equipped more like a luxury car. Standard equipment includes power windows, air conditioning, and cruise control. VW includes a complete set of passive and active safety features such as front side-airbags, rear side-airbags, side-curtain airbags, ABS, traction control, and optional ESP (Electronic Stability Program). The base engine is an unusual 2.5L inline five-cylinder that is shared with the Jetta. An optional diesel model should impress buyers with a fuel economy rating of 30 city/ 42 hwy. Volkswagen's also include free scheduled maintenance for the first 3 years.
|Model/Trim/Package ||Engine || || ||MPG
|Golf 3d 2.5 ||2.5l I5 (170-bhp) ||M5 ||FWD ||23/31/27 ||50 ||$17,965|
|Golf 3d 2.5 ||2.5l I5 (170-bhp) ||A6 ||FWD ||24/33/28 ||48 ||$19,065|
|Golf 3d TDI ||2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) ||M6 ||FWD ||30/42/35 ||58 ||$22,810|
|Golf 3d TDI ||2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) ||SM6 ||FWD ||30/42/35 ||56 ||$23,910|