Sunday, April 21, 2013

Golf TDI Review - 30,000 Mile Update

The Golf TDI has hit the 30,000 mile mark!  All in all it has been a relatively uneventful first couple of years of ownership.  Volkswagen covers the vehicle for 3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper for anything that goes wrong and also covers all services for the first 36,000 miles.  So, my out of pocket, other than fuel over the first 30,000 miles has been $0, you can’t do much better than that.  Recommended service intervals come at 10,000 miles and include what you would expect, oil change, tire rotation and even a free car wash with each visit.  Outside of the scheduled maintenance the TDI has made a trip to the service center for a recall and a blown window motor.

Total fuel economy through the first 30,000 miles comes in at 36.943 MPG.  Over the past 90 days the TDI has registered an impressive 38.08MPG showing that fuel economy is continuing to improve as the diesel motor breaks in.  While 38MPG is pretty impressive on its own what makes this car an impressive package is the sporty performance that accompanies frugal use of fuel.  Put your foot on the accelerator and this car moves, it loves the highway, corners like a go-kart and has put a smile on my face any time that I have pushed it towards it limits.  A Prius may match the fuel economy but can’t compete on the fun to drive front.

The interior space is very useable as the rear seats fold flat and the hatchback on many occasions has swallowed my Cannondale road bike as I have transported it to local bike shop or the starting line of an event.  The driver and front passenger are treated to tremendous head and leg room.  I am 6’5” tall and have considerably more room driving the TDI than I did in my previous vehicle, a Honda Accord.  When passengers (front seat) enter the car they quite often move their seat up as they are uncomfortable with the amount of room provided in the front of the TDI.  How is all of this room possible in such a small car?  Seat travel.  VW allows the front seats to travel way back which ultimately causes problems for rear seat passengers sitting behind a driver or front seat passenger with their seat all the way back.  Generally, I am the only person in my car as I primarily use it to commute back and forth to work.  On occasion when there is someone sitting behind me I move my seat up a bit to allow them room which does cramp my driving position a bit.  Again though, at 6’5” tall I am not an average driver, the TDI would deliver adequate space for 4 average sized adults.  

When I started writing about my Golf TDI purchase I was committed to sharing my experiences, good or bad, in the hopes of helping someone else who may be trying to make an educated decision on a vehicle purchase.  As I write this today the TDI postings have been viewed 12,500 times and I believe that I have helped at least a few people to find the answers they needed as they were considering purchasing a TDI.

I will continue to write about my experiences but in the mean time if you have any questions that I haven’t answered please feel free to leave a comment or you can reach me directly at  Thanks for reading!  

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