With a decent weight, 140 hp, 320 Nm (236 lb ft) of torque available from 1750 to 2500 rpm and the super fast six-speed double clutch gearbox, we kind of expected our little Golf to fully stretch its legs outside the city. Well, it did and it didn't.
The DSG sequential transmission is a work of art, thinking and acting faster than any driver can. The engine is also no slouch, revving faster than we would have expected and, given that you start accelerating from above 1800-1900 rpm, it can hold its own against other, more powerful cars. The naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) time is a respectable 9.3 seconds, but we found a slight glitch in this whole oil-burner/clever transmission arrangement.
Especially when in "Sport" mode, the six-speed DSG will hold a gear for as much as possible when hard on the throttle, which can be both good and bad for the overall experience. In our oil-burner example, letting the engine boil to an "OMG, it's-gonna-blow!" 4700 rpm didn't do much in the performance department. Neither in the acoustic comfort one either, since the 2.0 TDI sounds like a magnesium rock being put through a coffee grinder at high rpm.
The problem resides in the torque curve of the engine, which abruptly drops after 3000 rpm, just like in almost any modern single-turbocharger diesel. With the DSG switching into the next gear at almost 5000 rpm whenever you step on it, the engine then doesn't have enough "room" to fall into the highest part of the torque curve again so that it can keep accelerate at maximum. All this translates into plenty of revs thrown away because the engine doesn't accelerate at its full capacity all the time.
Of course, we are talking about the "perceived" performance now, since on paper the car sits better than average. The noise insulation was greatly improved on this "extensive facelift" compared to the bubbly Golf V, and we suspect that the overall drag coefficient was also modified for the better.
At higher cruising speeds the acoustic comfort was mostly damaged by the aerodynamic turbulence inherently induced by the hatchback shape and by the all-season tires, not by the engine. On the whole, the Golf 2.0 TDI with DSG is more at home on short trips to the countryside or in the city, since its sporty character or long distance comfort isn't exactly the best money can buy. The fuel consumption on the other hand was almost halved after settling on a decent cruising speed. On the open road we managed around 6.3 liters per 100 km (US 37 mpg).Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Since nothing impresses me very much at first sight, the moment I made contact with the Volkswagen Golf VI, I said to myself: so, are they trying to bribe me with a red car to match with my nails? Not fair, so I have to be really harsh with the car and examine it in the deepest manner I am capable of.
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