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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,997 - $15,540
Original MSRP: $17,995 - $24,985
MPG: 23 City / 33 Hwy
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2011 Volkswagen Golf Interior

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The 2011 Golf’s interior is one of the best in the class. It has strong build quality and comfortable seating. The TDI trims offer a touch-screen sound system and Bluetooth. Reviewers’ biggest complaint is that optional features causes the Golf’s price to skyrocket.

  • "Inside, the Golf shows off rigorous fit and finish yet relaxes with better materials, friendlier climate controls, and a less anvil-like upper dash." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "From the solid ka-chunk of the door closures to the comforting embrace of the front bucket seats, everything about the latest Golf reinforces VW's renewed emphasis on quality." -- Car and Driver
  • "Everything from the soothing white instrument lighting to the high-quality switchgear builds on the Golf's confident driving dynamics, giving the car a premium look and feel." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior initially looks somewhat spartan, but all that black plastic is very high quality and bolted down so tightly it feels like you could rampage with a baseball bat without so much as marking any surfaces." -- Jalopnik

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Seating       

The Golf’s front seats are comfortable, especially for the driver, thanks to the car’s tilt and telescopic steering wheel. An impressive standard feature for the class is the adjustable lumbar support for front seats. Heated front seats are included in the Cold Weather Package.

Like many affordable small cars, rear seating isn’t perfect, but the 2011 Golf comfortably fits adults. If you routinely haul adults, the four-door model has more space than the two-door.

  • “The seats are nicely bolstered and all-day comfortable; their gray and black check pattern is a nice touch and complements the cabin well." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Both front seats have surprisingly ample side bolsters that help keep the driver planted directly in front of the steering wheel and all seats are swathed in cloth regardless of the powertrain choice." -- Autoblog
  • “There's good rear-seat, leg and headroom for adults in the outboard positions, but pity the poor unfortunate who's sentenced to sit in the middle. What's the German word for fuhgedaboudit?" -- Car and Driver
  • “With overall length, height and width nearly identical to last year's model, you can count on fitting four full-size adults comfortably in the four-door model, while even our two-door test car accommodated four full-size adults on shorter trips." -- Edmunds
  • "Average-height passengers will have enough headroom and legroom, but squeezing three across in the backseat won't be comfortable; two have plenty of space." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The Golf’s standard and optional features and material quality are a selling point, and judging by the Golf’s expensive base price, they should be. The Golf comes standard with cruise control, an auxiliary audio input jack and power mirrors, windows and door locks. The TDI comes with more standard features including Bluetooth and a touch-screen sound system. A navigation system is available, but only for the TDI trim.

  • "To our eye, the Golf VI's cabin furnishings even surpass those of the related but more expensive Audi A3." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside, both cars make use of a simple, logical interior that's easy to live with. Though we'd like the great leather-wrapped steering wheel from the TDI on the Golf 2.5, at just $17,490, the base Golf is well-equipped." -- Popular Mechanics
  • “For a vehicle with such obvious premium aspirations, are leather seats or a parchment interior really too much to ask? For now, the answer apparently is ‘yes.’" -- Edmunds
  • "…with the Golf, the ergonomics are as superb as before, with nearly everything exactly where you expect it." -- Autoblog

Cargo

Reviewers say the 2011 Golf’s cargo space is impressive for the car’s size. It has 15 cubic feet of space, which is about average for the class. With the rear seats folded, the interior cargo volume increases to 46 cubic feet. Volkswagen doesn’t say if the two- and four-door models have different cargo capacities.

  • "The hatch swings open smoothly on struts, and there's a low, wide opening for the large, nicely shaped cargo area." -- MSN

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