Yonkers, New York – Two variants of the 2010 Volkswagen Golf posted “Excellent” overall scores in Consumer Reports’ tests of hatchbacks and sedans, topping their competitors.

The Golf TDI turbodiesel and Golf 2.5 earned “Excellent” overall road test scores of 88 and 85 respectively. The other models earned “Very Good” scores: the Nissan Sentra 2.0 SL sedan earned a road test score of 74; the Suzuki SX4 rated 73; and the Suzuki SX4 LE Popular sedan earned 66.

In a test of entry-level sedans, the magazine also did a “face-off” of the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris. The Versa received a “Very Good” road test score of 69 and outpointed the Yaris, which received a “Good” score of 57. Consumer Reports said that both seem to have much to offer a buyer looking for inexpensive transportation, and both are now available with electronic stability control, but neither earned the magazine’s “Recommended” designation: the Yaris scored too low in tests, and only the hatchback version of the Versa is considered reliable.

All of the vehicles in the main test group were rated Recommended; the previous version of the Golf, named the Rabbit, had above-average reliability and the magazine predicts the same for the Golf. To be considered Recommended, a vehicle must perform well in tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on a survey of members, and perform at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

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