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Day by Day Review: 2015 Volkswagen Golf  5 Door 1.8TSI volkswagen car test drives daily car reviews
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It’s the seventh generation Golf and it is here for the 2015 model year with a new chassis that promises better efficiency, lighter weight and more space on the inside. Powered by a new 1.8L TSI engine that produces 170 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.

Thanks Volkswagen for not killing the manual transmission; not only that, they provided me with the standard five-speed for my test this week. It is obvious that Volkswagen is trying to get back “to the people” and make a car that is fun, affordable and practical.

Day by Day Review: 2015 Volkswagen Golf  5 Door 1.8TSI volkswagen car test drives daily car reviews
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My tester is probably the volume seller for Volkswagen, save for the manual transmission. That is the Comfortline model with Convenience Package.

The Comfortline upgrades the base model Golf to include desirable features like: 16-inch aluminum wheels, leatherette interior, cruise control, rear-view camera and fog lights.

The convenience package adds in those little extras that makes the car just that little bit more feature rich, including dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, auto dimming rear-view mirror, rain sensing wipers and a huge panorama tilt and slide power sunroof.

Basic, sensible, practical transportation is the theme this week, but Volkswagen aims to make this transportation fun as well as providing the typical German feel and ability to soak up the road.

Pricing: 2015 Golf 5-Door
Base price (Comfortline): $22,895
Options: Convenience Package – $1,695
A/C tax: $100
Destination: $1.395
Price as tested: $26,085

Competitors:
Ford Focus Hatchback
Mazda3 Sport
Hyundai Elantra GT
Kia Forte 5-door
Subaru Impreza 5-door
Toyota Matrix

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