Road trip in the 2015 VW Golf TDI
Tue, 03/24/2015 - 18:04
We now understand why MotorTrend Magazine selected the 2015 Volkswagen Golf as its North American Car of the Year (NACTOY). This VW follows a long line of heritage for both functionality, practicality, and more recently, reliability. Bundled up in a small package, the Golf is anything but menial. Image credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons First of all, a diesel Golf just makes sense. It takes the frequent pit-stop problem of a small vehicle (i.e. small gas tank) out of the equation. At times, we had more than 500 miles of available range on our tank. Overall, we averaged 40 miles to the gallon combined city and highway driving. Not bad! Unfortunately, diesel fuel remains a bit of a cult following in the U.S. While die-hard diesel fanatics chant for VW and Audi to bring more of their European engines Stateside, diesel-powered vehicles fall around just three percent (3%) of the total U.S. market. The Volkswagen Group of America has committed to diesel anyhow.
cram easily fit into their car and how easy it is to park in the city (#humblebrag). Now I understand why these Golf uber-fans enjoy doing so.
My husband and I took a day trip in the 2015 Golf TDI from Washington, D.C. to southern New Jersey to visit family, hauling with us three small dogs (we were fostering the two tan pups) in their crates. It was about a 2.5 hour drive each way, giving us plenty of time to get to know the Golf.
To be honest, I haven’t driven a compact car with a smoother six-speed transmission than the 2015 VW Golf. It was literally seamless, never grasping for a higher or lower gear out of confusion. Its timely shift points, barely noticeable even to the trained human ear, are German engineering perfected.
The Golf is just easy, all around. It makes the driving and riding experience, although quite simplified, very enjoyable for everyone in the vehicle. The center stack, including tactile radio and infotainment controls, are easy to reach by both driver and front passenger. Visibility is impressive, and the large moonroof / sunroof combination helps keep the low-slung hatch feeling both roomy and airy on the inside.