VW Golf Named Top Family Car for 2011 by KBB.com

Posted at 10:00 AM, Friday May 13, 2011 by David Lux
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Families comes in all shapes and sizes in the U.S., and so do the best cars for those families. That's the bottom line from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, which recently recognized the Volkswagen Golf as one of its "Top Family Cars of 2011." The website made its decision after evaluating a wide range of today's vehicles to see how well they met families' needs for safety, comfort, economy of operation, child-friendliness, a reasonable purchase price and good resale value.

For the Golf, KBB.com pointed to four key family-friendly advantages:

  • "Hatchback versatility," enabled by easy-to-use 60/40 split rear seats that provide up to 41.7 cubic feet of rear volume.
  • "True European driving dynamics," thanks to laser-welded unibody construction as well as front and rear fully independent suspensions with a standard anti-roll bar up front, and coil springs, telescopic shocks and a stabilizer bar at the rear.
  • "An interior that rivals those of some much pricier cars," featuring standard eight-way adjustable front seats, brushed metallic accents, ergonomically designed climate controls and standard eight-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system.
  • "A starting price under $20,000," and that's well under 20 large: The two-door Golf has a base MSRP of just $17,995, while the four-door model starts at $19,755.

Another vital VW advantage for families is the Golf's stellar fuel efficiency. With a standard 2.5-liter I5 engine that develops a responsive 170 hp and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, the Golf is capable of fuel-economy marks of up to 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway/27 mpg combined. But that's just for starters. The Golf also is available with one of Volkswagen's innovative clean-diesel TDI engines. The powerplant leverages advanced technology like an electronically controlled turbocharger and electronically controlled direct-injection fuel system to deliver a hybrid-like 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway/34 mpg combined.

In other words, as summed up by KBB.com, the Golf "is a perfectly practical family car that also satisfies a desire for something nice and fun."

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