By Ted Orme
In a recent review of the little three-cylinder Ford Fiesta I said I looked forward to driving “econo” cars because, like top-of-the-line luxury cars, they tend to define the automotive state-of-the-art. Well, here’s more proof positive: the all-new seventh generation Volkswagen Golf family that is piling up awards like Meryl Streep.
The fuel miser Golf sibling I got my hands on was the thoroughly revised, 2.0-liter turbo TDI Clean Diesel, a compact hatchback that’s refined (for its class), offers exceptional ride and handling and super fuel economy – without any noticeable diesel stink or shake, rattle and roll.
If the diesel doesn’t suit you, “there is truly a Golf for everyone,” said Motor Trend magazine in naming the Golf family the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year.” The “family” also includes the base Golf 1.8T, sporty Golf GTI and all-electric e-Golf models, as well as the soon to come (in early 2015) all-new 292-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Golf R and the Golf SportWagen range. Just as extensive is the price range, from about $18,000 for a 2-door base model Golf T to nearly $40,000 for a fully optioned Golf R.
The Golf and Golf GTI also made Car and Driver magazine’s 2015 “10 Best” list for the ninth year in a row, Automobile put the GTI on its “2015 All-Star” list, and the GTI was declared 2015 Yahoo Autos Car of the Year. Add to that Green Car Reports christening of the Golf line as “Best Car to Buy 2015” for its eco-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Award for the Golf and Golf GTI and you have a highly recommended brand.