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2012 Volkswagen Review

Volkswagen expands the hatchback’s trim lineup for offering a variety of upgraded and tech features, and the Golf to offer a functional, upscale with plenty of storage as well as good driving and impressive fuel economy when equipped with the diesel engine.

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Although the 2012 Volkswagen comes with a price when compared to similarly competitors, reviewers and owners seem to mind much, the Golf delivers a lot of German for the money. Thanks to its good agile handling and overall build quality, the Golf like a much more vehicle on the road. Owners say not only highly capable but fun to drive. Add in a high-mileage diesel-powered and a comfortable interior that or beats just about else in its class, and it becomes to understand the Golf’s wide

At a Glance

Nearing the end of its sixth the Volkswagen Golf receives minor updating for 2012, in the of a revamped trim lineup, adds new Convenience, Convenience and Tech, and Sunroof and Navigation to the standard trims. Buyers can now from a total of 18 Golf grouped by the type of powerplant under the hood.

The Base trims, powered by a gas engine, can be equipped with a new Convenience Package or a new Convenience and Package. The Convenience Package such features as Bluetooth and front seats to the standard list, as well as front washer nozzles, while the and Sunroof Package also a power tilt/slide sunroof and a touchscreen radio with a USB Buyers can similarly equip the PZEV trims, designed for in certain markets, with packages.

The high-mileage TDI trims, by a turbocharged direct-injection clean engine, are available with a new Tech Package or a new Sunroof and Nav The Tech Package for the TDI trims such features as an upgraded audio system and remote entry with push-button as well as LED daytime running which are new for 2012, and HID adaptive As its name implies, the Sunroof and Nav adds a power sunroof and a navigation system.

Outside, the VW continues to display clean and minimalist styling, highlighted by a double-bar grille, swept-back pronounced wheel arches, taillights, a roof-mounted spoiler and polished exhaust tips. All trims come equipped halogen headlights with daytime running lights and heated side mirrors integrated turn signals. In the TDI trims get standard heated wiper nozzles.

While the Golf continues to tight, responsive handling, performance and a sporty, high-quality critics say the standard features on entry-level Golf trims match those of some vehicles, and also note the Golf’s better-equipped trims at a price premium. In addition, economy numbers for the gas-powered trims, which achieve up to 33 mpg a manual transmission, lag behind of some competitors. The Honda for instance, manages up to 35 mpg, the Ford Focus 5-Door and the Fiesta hatchbacks both get up to 38 mpg (40 mpg a special fuel economy and the MINI Cooper squeezes out up to 36 Other competitors for the Golf the Mazda MAZDA3 5-Door, the Accent GS and the Kia Rio 5-Door LX, all of which get up to 40 Of course, buyers who seek fuel economy numbers can opt for trims powered by the TDI diesel which boosts fuel numbers up to 42 mpg. However, the TDI come with a higher tag than the gas-powered versions.

The Golf’s two powerplants remain for 2012. Base power from a 2.5-liter inline gas engine, which generates 170 hp and 177 of torque. The engine, which DOHC and multiport fuel links to either a 5-speed transmission, which comes or a 6-speed automatic transmission Tiptronic manual-shift and Sport Fuel economy numbers for the Golfs check in at 23 mpg city/33 with the manual shifter and with the automatic. VW also PZEV (Partial Zero Vehicle) versions of the gas-powered for sale in states with emissions standards.

The TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) continue to receive an efficient turbocharged Clean Diesel which produces 140 hp and a very 236 lb-ft of torque at 1,750-2,500 The TDI trims come standard the 6-speed automatic transmission, owners can add an optional 6-speed DSG transmission with paddle for manual shifting. Volkswagen not offer the manual shifter on TDI When paired with transmission, the diesel engine fuel economy numbers of although owners have getting mileage up into the 40s.

Both engines good performance and turn the into a sport-oriented hatchback. equipped with the base gas the Golf accelerates quickly and However, the quick acceleration into the fuel economy Most reviewers recommend the TDI due to their strong torque and fuel economy numbers. reviewers also note the engine isn’t as quiet as the gas during normal operation.


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With its low, stance and good balance, the Golf rockets through corners with ease, minimal body lean and handling. Reviewers especially the Golf’s steering, which almost universally praised for responsive and controlled. The Golf electromechanical rack-and-pinion power with variable assistance, so effort varies depending on and driving situations. It’s and direct when driving the automaker notes, but lighter town or when negotiating lots.

All Golfs ride on an independent strut front suspension coil springs and an anti-roll and a fully independent multilink in the rear with coil telescopic dampers and an anti-roll Power-assisted front vented brakes and rear solid brakes provide good power at all speeds, although a few say the brakes lack optimal and can feel a little jittery at on wet road surfaces. The 2.5-liter Base and PZEV trims equipped with 15-inch wheels, while the TDI trims get 17-inch alloy wheels antitheft wheel locks.


Thanks to a high of comfort and refinement, the Golf’s cabin matches or exceeds about anything else in the Quality materials and soft-touch give the interior a plush with top-level fit and finish and of attention given to small throughout the cabin. Brushed and chrome accents on the dash, panels and center console add a touch. However, some find the cabin a little especially in the entry-level trims, come without such features as a center armrest and

The Golf’s seats are comfortable and with side bolstering on the seats. In 2-door Golfs, the seats feature 8-way adjustment with 2-way lumbar support, while trims add power reclining for the driver and front passenger. All include a 60/40 split-and-fold seatback. With the rear up, the Golf offers 15.2 feet of storage space in the cargo area, which to 46 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded down.

All trims come equipped such standard features as Black cloth seats, air a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, control, a keyless remote and a computer with a compass. In the Base and PZEV trims an 8-speaker audio system a CD player and an auxiliary input The Base with Convenience adds a front center heated front seats and while the Base with the and Sunroof Package adds a sunroof and an 8-speaker Premium system with a touchscreen, a changer, SiriusXM satellite and an iPod port.

All TDI trims add a of upgrades, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a center with a pass-through in the second In addition, the Premium audio with Bluetooth, satellite and CD changer comes standard in the TDI Owners can upgrade the TDI to include the Package, which adds an Dynaudio audio system and start, or the Sunroof and Navigation


The Volkswagen Golf was a Top Safety Pick for 2012 by the since it earned a top rating of for protecting passengers in all types of The NHTSA gave the Golf 4 out of 5 for protecting passengers during but has not tested the vehicle in other of crashes.

All Golfs come with 6 airbags, including front, front side and airbags for both rows of Other standard safety for the 2012 Golf include stability control and antilock with electronic brake-pressure and hydraulic brake assist. All also include an Intelligent Response System, which off the fuel pump, unlocks the and turns on the hazard lights in types of collisions.

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