The Volkswagen Golf is the best selling VW of all time. But looking at the streets and highways of America, a lot of people would question the truth of that statement, and for good reason-in 2009, Rabbit/Golf sales made up a miniscule 3.5% of all Volkswagen sales in the US. For whatever reason, the American buying public continues to struggle to fully embrace the hatchback. The proof is in the numbers: last year, the Jetta outsold the Rabbit/Golf by a margin of 14:1!
Which is a shame. During my week with the Golf, I became quite fond of the car. But then again, why wouldn’t I? The Golf-basedÃ‚Â GTI I reviewed in January was a revelation in four-wheel fun. With most of the automotive press giving all their attention to the GTI, a basic, but very important point seems to be lost: the GTI wouldn’t be a great car if the Golf itself wasn’t great.