holiday season I spent two weeks in Germany playing tourist around
Cologne and Bonn and 1everywhere in between. During that time,
I had the pleasure of visiting a Volkswagen dealer twice and driving
the new Golf 5. Here’s my story.
Prior to arriving in Germany, I had only seen pictures of the
new Golf and overall I wasn’t that impressed (of course,
I didn’t like the Golf 4 when it first came out either).
But after spending some time looking it over, my thoughts began
to change. The inside has a better look and feel than any picture
can depict. Everything flows beautifully. And although I’m
not 100% sold on the exterior yet, it is growing on me. It’s
nothing like the Civic, but more of a cross between the Golf 4
and the Peugeot 307. Then came the test drive.
The car that was selected for the test drive was the 1.9 TDI.
Somehow I was able to convince the sales guy to let me take a
30+ minute drive. I even took it out on the Autobahn, but unfortunately
I only got it up to about 155km/h (about 95mph) due to the snowy
conditions. It drove great and was a little noisy, as expected
with a diesel engine. The power felt very similar to my 2.0L Golf
4. Cornering felt a little tighter than the Golf 4, which is nice.
When I finished, I had a huge smile on my face!
Not all cars had an antenna on the roof. Some had it built
into the rear window.
The tail lights are very distinguishable at night.
The handle/symbol for the rear hatch is awesome.
Colors offered: Black, Candy White, Pearl Blue, Tornado Red,
Reflex Silver, Red Spice, Sage Green, Costal Blue, Black Magic.
Five wheels are offered: One 6.5x16 (Hockenheim) and Four
7x17 (Grand Prix, Zandvoort, Estoril, Indianapolis)
The interior lights are exactly the same color as the MKIV.
The rear hatch area appears to be almost exactly the same
size as the Golf IV.
Overall, there is lots more room. With me (6'4") in the
drivers seat, my wife (5'9") can sit behind me without
her knees touching the front seat!
There are two very different center consoles with two different
cup holder situations.
Glovebox is felt lined.
There are a few obvious places to add aluminum/wood grain/carbon
fiber trim pieces for the American market.
I tested the 1.9 TDI: a little loud, quite a sporty feel,
wished it was a 1.8T or VR6.