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Found this picture on the Road and Track website. The Golf shown looks like Shadow Blue and not to be mistaken by Graphite Blue. Do you think this is a fluke? The car shown is US-spec.

2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI - Road Test Update





A funny thing happened with the new Volkswagen Golf TDI: It was mistakenly delivered to us with plastic spring spacers in place, which help secure the vehicle in shipping but are supposed to be removed by the dealer before the car ever goes on sale. “I don’t know what it is, but this thing just doesn’t feel as compliant as our long-term Jetta,†mused Calvin Kim, our Assistant Road Test Editor who had assumed the TDI Golf would be sportier than the Jetta TDI.

Well, once the spacers were removed, the Golf TDI did in fact feel that way, sporting a supple ride and well-controlled suspension movements that allowed this front-drive 5-door hatch to weave through our slalom at an impressive 64.4 mph. More important, in its stay here at Road & Track, the Golf TDI fitted with the standard 6-speed manual transmission averaged a laudable 38.9 mpg. And unlike the new larger diesels in the U.S., the 140-bhp TDI powerplant—the same sohc 16-valve turbodiesel in our long-term Jetta—doesn’t need urea injection to meet 50-state emissions requirements.

We like the updated styling of this new 6th-generation Golf, and the interior remains a great example of the high level of quality and design that can be found in a car with a base price of $21,990. Problem is, our Golf TDI, fitted with a $1750 touch-screen navigation system (with 30-gig hard drive and 6.5-in. screen), a $1000 sunroof and other options, left the lot at $27,090, a price that doesn’t seem so cheap anymore and will grow by $1000 if you order the 6-speed DSG transmission. Nevertheless, the new Golf TDI, with its independent rear suspension, efficient TDI powerplant, excellent practicality, abundant safety features (it has six standard airbags) and lively road manners, makes an intriguing argument against a hybrid.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/updates/2010-volkswagen-golf-tdi
 

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A funny thing happened with the new Volkswagen Golf TDI: It was mistakenly delivered to us with plastic spring spacers in place, which help secure the vehicle in shipping but are supposed to be removed by the dealer before the car ever goes on sale. “I don’t know what it is, but this thing just doesn’t feel as compliant as our long-term Jetta,â€￾ mused Calvin Kim, our Assistant Road Test Editor who had assumed the TDI Golf would be sportier than the Jetta TDI.

Well, once the spacers were removed, the Golf TDI did in fact feel that way, sporting a supple ride and well-controlled suspension movements that allowed this front-drive 5-door hatch to weave through our slalom at an impressive 64.4 mph.
LOL.

The color is strange - I don't think it's the lighting because my car is graphite blue and never looks like that.
 

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LOL.

The color is strange - I don't think it's the lighting because my car is graphite blue and never looks like that.
Exactly my point! I have a 2010 Jetta Blue Graphite loaner (My R32 needs a new gas tank) and it DOES NOT look that blue in the shade or sunlight.

Maybe Volkswagen slipped them a loaner model for journalist and it was indeed Blue but not intended for US sales? Who knows...
 

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The Golf shown looks like Shadow Blue and not to be mistaken by Graphite Blue. Do you think this is a fluke?
I know this is an old post but it isn't a fluke. Mine is Shadow Blue which is the same as the pic. In the UK then Blue Graphite is more of a grey. The only do 2 blue colours for the Golf and I'm not bothered about either of them but you have to choose something as blue is my favourite colour.

http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/#/new/golf-gti-vi/configure/600/paint

Yet on here we show 36 Golf colours https://www.myturbodiesel.com/d2/images/a5/buyg/golfcolors.jpg where is you get that from chitty?

The other thing that surprises me is the GTD isn't available in the States, I wonder why? ;)
 
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