2010 Volkswagen Golf Comfortline 2.5L petrol from North America
It's a smooth, nimble and quiet hatchback
Instrument cluster is somewhat inaccurate. Speedometer is 7 km/h too fast. A little problem, but extremely annoying. Volkswagen Canada refuses to fix it, even though the car is under every part of its warranty, including its 20,000km "wear and tear + adjustments" warranty.
Other than that, no problems. Takes over 6L of synthetic oil, but won't need another oil change for 15,000km!
Handles well and quite tight for a small FWD car. I test drove all the small base hatchbacks available in Canada, and this one took the cake for handling and even acceleration. The Mazda 3 2.5L comes close, but no cigar. Seats are extremely comfortable. Base stereo is all you'll need.
Headlights are a bit underpowered. Need an upgrade.
Fuel economy is not the best (especially in the city), but on the highway I can manage 6.7L/100Km, which is not that bad. I've come close to 775km on one tank when being thrifty with the A/C etc.
I will probably need to put winter tires on it.
Transmission is the best part of the car. DSG with a sport mode and manual shifting as well. It might as well be an Audi transmission.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd October, 2010
I used to work in VW service department, and you are not alone in your observation that the speedometer is slightly "optimistic". VW's official position on this before I left was that gauges should read accurately within +/- 7% of one-another: that is, in comparison to an identical car with identical instrumentation. They will not recognize speed readings from aftermarket GPS systems as valid points of reference for speedometer comparisons.
Dealers are usually reticent about ordering replacement gauge clusters unless they register a fault code in the diagnostic computer or they are grossly and obviously malfunctioning. This is because clusters are usually special-ordered coded to the specific car they will be installed on, and are not returnable thereafter. If the subsequent warranty claim is rejected, the dealer is stuck footing the bill and the customer's concern probably won't be resolved to their satisfaction either. Thus, they tend to approach clusters with caution, especially when they seem to be working within the manufacturer's specification.
The 2.5 is a lovely, torquey motor, but it is a pig in city driving returning abysmal mileage (in the 12-15 liters/100km range). On the highway though, it is quite impressive given its displacement and consumption under 7.0 liters /100km is the norm. Overall, these motors are trouble-free with only the occasional knock-sensor or secondary air pump setting a check engine light.
Besides these issues, I feel that the wiper mechanism on these cars is a little delicate, and care should be taken to clear the windows of snow BEFORE turning them on. Also, the door locks seem to go quite frequently on VW products since 2006, with a significantly higher percentage of Mexican-built versions experiencing this problem than German-built. If your VIN starts with '3' (Jettas and Wagons-hecho en Mexico) then you probably already know what I mean. If your VIN starts with 'W' (Rabbit and Golf 2.5 and TDI regular hatchback models after 2010-made in Germany) then you might end up changing one or two door locks (the driver's door is usually the one that breaks on the German-production cars) but probably not. Either way, great car, great drive. Enjoy it!