2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI: The Return of the Diesel Golf

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

UPDATED (October 2, 2009): Volkswagen has now officially released details on the 2010 Golf TDI. The new model is rated at 30/41 mpg (city/hwy) for the manual transmission and 32/42 mpg with VW’s advanced DSG automatic transmission. The car is priced from $21,990.

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Noticeably absent from the North American market since 2006, the Volkswagen Golf TDI will return for 2010. The new model was showcased today at the New York Auto Show, along with the high performance GTI (see our review here). There weren’t any standard Golfs on the floor, but we do have info on that model too.

The new Golf TDI will use the same turbo-diesel 2.0-liter motor found in the Jetta TDI Clean Diesel, which is already on sale. Power is rated at 140hp and a significant 236 ft-lbs of torque.

This engine is capable of 42 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in the city when paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

As for the standard Golf, it will be powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder that makes 170hp and 177 ft-lbs of torque. Both a 3-door and 5-door model will be offered with the 3-door coming in two trims (Trendline and Sportline) and the 5-door available in three trims (Trendline, Comfortline and Highline).

The 2010 Golf TDI will be available as both a two-door and four-door model, priced at $21,990 and $22,590 respectively.

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  • Paul S. Paul S. on Dec 18, 2010

    I own a 2002 Golf TDi. Real-World results after 80000 miles. Ave Fuel economy short trips 38 mpg year-round. Long trips 55 mpg. Best is 818 mi on 14.1 gallons US (58 mpg). The conversion to Ultra-Low-Sulfur Diesel since 2007 has been a plus (no, not a mod. just the fuel itself was changed at all diesel pumps). Burned out lotsa dino-crap. Car runs much better. BTW, sticker at sale was 42/49 mpg. So what if its rated 90 hp (75kW), its still loves 2400-2500 rpm at 70 mi/hr to get the 55mpg. But then, I must "keep right" around here. ;) I had put 50k miles on this car in two years commuting to/from work, now the job is very local. Point #1: To hear these excessively low numbers of 32/42 and 30/40 for a diesel with fewer than 6-cylinders is atrocious. Buy gasoline instead. Really, what an insult to the principles of economy that diesel fuel offers. I agree, VW TDi's have been dumbed-down for a power-addicted USA. Go back to gasoline, and stay there!, Buy a Fusion, or a hybrid, and stay there. Point #2: the 2002 year and others from that era were German/Brazil. Some were German/Brazil/Mexico. The latter can be identified by increased electrical problems associated with shipping the partially assembled car a 2nd time. Bottom-Line is very, very little is USA, in fact one of the least American cars you can buy. Point #3: I was reading about the Polo back then and now here in the thread. Much like the BMW 118d, us steenking Americans will NEVER see such a car here imported or sold to the general population. BPW&M all you want. At least the Aussies get a VW TDi77 which is essentially the same car as mine fuel-mileage wise. But an Audi A3-1.6D has a slim chance, if you really, really want one. But realize what you're up against. Point #4: I am aware of where I am... If you told me in 1970 that you could go 70 mph and get 55mpg, I would think you were nuts, but here we are, and other car co.'s have upped the ante to 65 mpg. But, it is not for us. Instead, we'll be seeing gasoline-like performance and fuel-consumption from a diesel. Thats because its what we want, not what we deserve.

  • Prince Eno Bassey Prince Eno Bassey on Aug 27, 2011

    I need to do an entire rebuild on my Touran 2011 2.0 TDI, I had a nasty lower carriage accident that tore off the Samp and a part of the engine block (as well as other suspension components) , my question is, can I use the golf V TDI 2.0 as a replacement engine block? the factory parts for the Touran is sending me to the cleaners.