Volkswagen's Golf Mk6 (Typ 5K) is the sixth version in a long line of international successes. Unveiled at the Paris Show in late 2008, it has occupied a market segment that is the envy of competitors - in part - created by VW's long-running "Drivers Wanted" marketing efforts that promoted the car as the machine for people who liked to drive. Arriving in North America a year after the European debut - this car which has also been known as a Bora or a Rabbit in earlier iterations has sportier styling but some suggest that this wagon model (the only Golf made in Mexico) is more like a facelift than a new model. Still, the car looks tighter and more muscled than its predecessor.
In Canada the car comes to market as the Golf Wagon whereas in the USA Jetta "SportWagen" remains viable. Confusing enough?
North American Golfs will probably roll off the dealership lots most often with the sporty 2.5L 5-piston in-line Mk5 engine, with the 2.0T following up quickly - Volkswagen is steadfastly breaking diesel into the market - look for the 2.0TDI. 6 speed manuals and 6 speed DSGs will be optional in a number of models - but it is the tiptronic that does 0-60 faster.
The car is ahead of the curve in safety, interior finish and just plain driving fun (imagine a European car using MacPherson struts - invented by an American who worked for General Motors back in 1947) - So far LLteK has counted no less than eleven awards worldwide - including Car of the Year at the New York Show last fall. Wait till you see the GTI!