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2012 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

Price Range: $17,995 - $29,440 | 23 MPG City - 31 MPG Highway

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2012 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

While the Volkswagen Golf costs a bit more than many rival models, it also feels more sophisticated and refined in general. Especially in TDI form, it gets the gas mileage of a hybrid with an eager, responsive driving feel that you won't find in any of the popular hybrids. The Golf TDI's gas mileage of up to 42 mpg also enables a driving range of 600 miles or more.

What's new for 2012?

The Golf's option packages have been reconfigured for 2012, so that both the gasoline and diesel models are offered in three different trim levels. Most of the features are as previously offered, but 17-inch Salamanca alloy wheels are new for 2012 on the Golf TDI, and the top Tech Package on the TDI now includes LED daytime running lamps, Dynaudio premium sound and push-button start.

Model Strengths

  • Impressive TDI fuel economy
  • quick, responsive driving feel
  • hatchback versatility and space-efficiency
  • easy to maneuver and park
  • upscale interior look and feel

Model Review

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf is offered in 2- or 4-door hatchback models, both with a choice between two engines, one gasoline, the other diesel. The gasoline choice, which is lower-priced, is a 170-horsepower, 2.5L 5-cylinder, while clean-diesel fans will like the 2.0L turbo-diesel 'TDI' 4-cylinder. Two-door gasoline models come with a standard 5-speed manual, while a 6-speed automatic is optional on that and standard on the 4-door models. Meanwhile, Golf TDI models come with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. Both automatics include Tiptronic manual mode, while the DSG shifts much quicker than a typical automatic. TDI models achieve much better gas mileage, with EPA ratings of up to 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Engine

Engine Type 2.5L Gas I5
Horsepower 170 @ 5700 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 177 @ 4250 RPM

Fuel

Fuel Capacity 14.5 gal
Fuel Economy 23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 478.5 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD

Wheels

Rims 15 x 6.0 in.
Tires 195/65R15
Spare Tire Compact Spare Tire

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 39.3 in. / 41.2 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 38.5 in. / 35.5 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 101.5 in.
Curb Weight 2968 lb.
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Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Climate Control Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard

Convenience

Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Illuminated Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Illuminated Passenger Visor Mirror Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard