For 2011, the Golf 2.5 and TDI come as either 2- or 4-doors. Power for the Golf is delivered to the front wheels by either a 170-hp 2.5L inline-5 or 140-hp turbocharged direct injection (TDI) 4-cylinder diesel, which produces a hefty 236 ft-lb of torque. A 5-speed manual is standard on the 2.5 2-door, while a 6-speed manual with Tiptronic is the only available option for the 4-door--combining manual capabilities with VW's Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), which features a dual clutch system that produces incredibly fast and precise for optimal engine performance. The TDI has a 6-speed manual standard, while the automatic gearbox is available.
The Golf is a nimble handler and benefits from MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar up front, with fully independent 4-link system and stabilizers in the rear.
Standard features on the Golf include dual exhaust tips, halogen headlights, heated power mirrors, single-zone climate control, cruise control, 8-speaker AM/FM CD player with MP3 capability, 8-way manually adjustable front seats, a 60/40 split flat-folding rear seat, and one-touch power windows. The TDI adds fog lamps, tinted glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, a premium touch-screen stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD changer and MP3 and satellite radio capability, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and leather appointed steering wheel and shift knob.
The Golf does not lack for standard safety features. Technology designed to keep the car upright include Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) and Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP), which features Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and Engine Braking Assist (EBA), which prevents compression-induced skidding in slick conditions. Anti-lock brakes with brake pressure distribution and brake assist are also standard, as are six front airbags. Rear passenger side thorax airbags are optional.
Popular standalone options on the Golf 2.5 include several alloy wheels of both 17- and 18- inch sizes, a sport body kit and power sunroof, while buyers can add Bluetooth and heated seats on the inside. On the TDI, Xenon headlights are available, as is DVD navigation and a 300-watt Dynaudio amp and speaker system.