Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW Ohio , Oak Openings Area
Almost unbelievable performance
My wife was wanting a new car recently and was thinking she would like one of the smaller SUV's. She isn't the type to do any comparisons or research so I started looking at what was available. I have always liked station wagons and have owned quite a few and besides owning a pickup I like them for there utility. When I started looking online at many types of vehicles I came across with the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen and even though they offer it in 3 trim levels plus a all wheel drive I liked the standard base model. All models come with the 1.8 ltr TSI engine no options. This engine has been around a while and
over the years it has gotten upgraded in power several times and is highly rated as one of the best 4 cylinder engines made. Once my wife test drove the car we bought it. She has been driving the car now for 5-6 months and likes it a lot it seems to do everything well. The little turbocharged engine is suppose to reach its torque peak at a low 1600 rpm and stay dead flat to over 5000 rpm which sounds impossible to me but when you drive it you know it's different than anything I have ever driven. It has a 6 speed automatic trans and it shifts quickly as soon as you start moving during normal excelaration never getting much above 2000 rpm. According to online tests it goes 0- 60 in under 7 seconds and has a top speed of 138 mph pretty impressive for what it is. I have a short bed Ram 1/2 ton pickup with the hemi engine that I thought was pretty quick but this car will run away from my big hemi V 8.
Anyway we finally took it on a long highway trip, Ohio to Florida and back total distance was 2314 miles driven.
It has a screen that you can choose that tells you your MPG while you are driving and I was playing with that while the wife was driving. Some times at highway speeds it was reading 54 MPG ?
All I can say is for the total trip we filled up only 4 times, usually when it was down to 1/4 tank or less and the most I ever put in it was 11.9 gals. That is unbelievable since we have driven to her mothers place in FL more than 25 times and usually use nearly 4 tanks each way ? Another impressive thing was never once going up hills in KY, TN, GA, SC, NC,VA, WV with the cruise control ser at 70 + did it ever down shift ? At 73 MPH it's running about 2100 rpm and it pulled all the hills we went up and never downshifted something I have never seen before.
To say we are impressed with this car is a understatement .