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2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

Price Range: $33,990 - $36,090 | 19 MPG City - 27 MPG Highway

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2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

Volkswagen is known for its approach to performance value, and the Golf R is no exception. It is the most expensive version of the Golf, with an engine and drivetrain taken directly from the Audi TTS, but the base price comes in $10,000 less. The Golf R's understated styling and a well-engineered interior are classic Volkswagen. The Golf also comes in both 3- and 5-door variations for greater flexibility.

What's new for 2012?

The Volkswagen Golf R is new for 2012. A couple of years after the notorious R32 high-performance Golf was last seen, Volkswagen brought back the high-performance all-wheel drive hatch, redubbing it the 'Golf R.'

Model Strengths

  • Impressive handling
  • all-wheel drive
  • 5-door practicality
  • upscale interior

Model Review

The Golf's always had its performance-oriented big brother, the GTI, around, and occasionally, the all-wheel drive V6-powered Golf R32 has appeared in the US. For 2012, Volkswagen brought their newest high-performance Golf, called simply the 'Golf R.' It comes with a direct-injected turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder and all-wheel drive system borrowed from the Audi TTS. The engine is tuned for 256 horsepower and 243 lb-feet of torque for the Golf, and a 6-speed manual transmission is the only gearbox option.

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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

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

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

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Engine

Engine Type 2.0L Turbocharged Gas I4
Horsepower 256 @ 6000 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 243 @ 2400 - 5200 RPM

Fuel

Fuel Capacity 14.5 gal
Fuel Economy 19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 391.5 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels AWD

Wheels

Rims 18 x 7.5 in.
Tires 225/40R18

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom Great for taller drivers 51.2 in. / 41.2 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 41.7 in. / 35.5 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 101.5 in.
Curb Weight 3325 lb.
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2012 Volkswagen Golf R Hatchback

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Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Standard
Climate Control Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Leather Seats Optional

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auxiliary Power Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard
Satellite Radio Standard

Exterior

Rear Spoiler Standard