The 2007 City models’ fuel consumption figures, according to Natural Resources Canada, were 9.8/7.1 L/100 km (city/highway) with manual transmission and 9.6/7.2 with the automatic. With the newer six-speed automatic, fuel consumption was rated at 9.9/6.9; in any case, fuel economy was more in line with four-cylinder mid-size sedans, rather than the subcompacts they were priced to compete with. A 2008 City Golf I tested with the six-speed automatic averaged about 7.5 L/100 km on a winter highway trip from Ottawa to Toronto and back, and a little more than 10 L/100 km in the city.
The restyled 2008 City Golf remains a good value in the compact hatchback class starting at $15,300, though options can easily send it over $20,000.
The base price has increased slightly. The 2008 City Golf starts at $15,300, a $400 jump over the 2007 model. It continues to use the trusty 115-hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and standard five-speed manual transmission. Standard features include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, 15-inch radials and steel wheels, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary and USB ports and eight speakers, power steering, manually-adjustable side mirrors with integrated turn signals, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, height adjustable driver’s seat, variable intermittent wipers, rear wiper and washer, 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks, rear cargo cover, and full-size spare tire.
2008 Volkswagen City Golf. Click image to enlarge