2013 Volkswagen Golf Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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Quality and frugality.

The Volkswagen Golf is a front-wheel-drive in two-door and four-door body Both are hatchback designs seat five. We found the enjoyable to drive, smooth and efficient.

The front seats are and the cabin is roomy and functional, but of pleasingly high quality.

The Golf is a sixth-generation product, was introduced as a 2010 model. For Volkswagen is producing a limited run of of the high-performance Golf R model, features more power and suspension settings than the impressive GTI, which is on the Golf (covered in a separate Otherwise, the 2012 Volkswagen lineup carries over unchanged from the 2010

The Golf offers a choice of a five-cylinder gasoline engine, a TDI turbocharged diesel engine, or the turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline in the new Golf R. The standard 2.5-liter is the least expensive, the diesel the best fuel economy, and the R offers the best acceleration

Today’s Golf looks it always has. It’s than it looks, and the trunk is for the class. Inside is an austere with comfortable seats. and air conditioning controls are simple and to use.

Driver visibility is

We found the Golf cruises and easily with either of the two engines. Handling and ride are better than that of the and the brakes work well and up without overheating during hard use.

The standard models most people buy with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder that puts out a very 170 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 177 pound-feet of at 4250 rpm. Most with the Tiptronic 6-speed transmission or, though the base is available with a 5-speed The inline-5 gets an EPA-estimated mpg City/Highway with the Tiptronic mpg with the manual). The Golf briskly from a standstill to 60 mph in 8.1 and responds readily to the gas pedal at speeds.

The Tiptronic automatic smoothly in automatic or manual The 5-speed manual gearbox is to shift, with a smooth, clutch pedal and offers performance (0-60 in 7.8 seconds).

The Golf TDI comes with a turbocharged diesel engine. TDI for turbocharged direct injection. The TDI offers a choice of a 6-speed or a 6-speed dual-clutch automated called the Direct Shift or DSG.

This alphabet of technology results in superb economy: an EPA-estimated 30/42 mpg with either transmission. The TDI produces 140 horsepower at 4000 and an impressive 236 pound-feet of torque 1750 and 2500 rpm. the TDI offers substantially more than the 177 foot-pounds generated by the gas and the TDI delivers its peak torque of 236 at much lower rpm than the gas engine. Torque is that that propels you from and up hills, so these numbers responsive performance around from the TDI, the kind of most of us do most of the time. And exactly what we experienced our test drive.

However, the gas engine propels the off the line more quickly. The TDI can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds either transmission), which is slower performance than the 8.1 offered by the standard Golf gas model with automatic. up to speed, however, the diesel is and competent.

The Golf R, on the other is a high-strung sport hatch lets in more sound and like a true sports The Golf R features a high-performance of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine the GTI. In the R, it makes 256 horsepower and 243 of torque. The lone transmission is a manual, and estimated fuel ratings are 19/27 mpg. The R gets all that power to the better than other models because it comes with a Haldex all-wheel-drive

Golf R comes with a suspension, upgraded brakes, wheels and electronic stability tuned to allow sportier Volkswagen says the Golf R can from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 and the top speed is limited to 130 mph. On the the Golf R is much more raw other Golfs, including the

The reactions of the steering, throttle and are much quicker. While the does its best work 4000 rpm, it revs making the R a blast to drive

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf 2 door is offered with a manual transmission ($17,995) or the Tiptronic automatic ($19,095). The 2.5L comes standard cloth upholstery, air conditioning pollen filter, height-adjustable seats with two way lumbar, front passenger seat, split rear seat a center armrest and trunk AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, auxiliary jack, cruise control, and telescope steering wheel, locks, power windows, power mirrors with signals, remote keyless trip computer, outside-temperature compass, cooled glovebox, system, fog lights, and steel with wheel covers on all P195/65R15 tires. The 2012 Golf 4 door ($19,795) only with the Tiptronic and is equipped with same as the (All New Car Test Drive are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail which do not include destination and may change at any time without

Volkswagen also breaks out by additional equipment. The Golf with Convenience (starting at for 2-door and $20,395 for the 4-door) a front center armrest, front seats and Bluetooth link. The Golf 2.5L Convenience and Sunroof (starting at for the 2-door and $22,195 for the 4-door) a moonroof, a premium touchscreen with 6-disc in-dash CD Sirius satellite radio, and a USB with iPod cable.

The Golf TDI is offered as a 2 door the manual transmission ($23,995), a with the DSG automated manual a 4 door with the manual and a 4-door with the DSG ($25,795). To the 2.5 model, Golf TDI models add a wrapped steering wheel audio controls (and paddles with the DSG); center armrest; touchscreen with in-dash 6-disc CD iPod cable and six month satellite radio subscription; front washer nozzles; lighting; heated front fog lights; sports suspension; and high performance all season on alloy wheels.

The Golf 2.0 TDI Sunroof and Navigation is priced $25,695 for the 2-door and $26,395 for the The Golf TDI with Tech starts at $27,365 for the 2-door, and for the 4-door. It adds bi-xenon a Dynaudio premium sound LED daytime running lights and access and starting.

Options for the and TDI models include P225/45R18 on alloy wheels ($2,199), exhaust tips ($160), mud ($220), body-side moldings rear spoiler $499), and cargo mat ($235), and a full effects body kit ($1,999).

The R is offered in Base and High levels in both 2- and 4-door The Golf R comes leather with the R logo on the seats, drive, performance-tuned suspension, brakes, performance-programmed electronic control, LED daytime running bi-xenon headlights, and 18-inch wheels. The High trim upgrades with a moonroof, system, the Dynaudio sound and keyless access and starting.

gear includes dual airbags, front seat-mounted impact airbags, side air airbags, and lower and upper safety seat anchors. safety features comprise brakes (which give steering control during electronic brakeforce distribution allocates braking where it can do the good during panic and brake assist (which the braking system when indicate imminent brake electronic stability control attempts to keep the car heading the driver intends during maneuvers); and a tire-pressure monitor. standard is a hill-holder feature keeps the car from rolling on hills.

Walkaround

This is the Golf, launched as a 2010 Over the years, body have remained stoically the making the Golf instantly

The stylists did a good job of giving the C (the body panel the rearmost side window) a shape and proportion on the 2 door and 4 body styles, given the of both cars sharing the wheelbase and being equal in length. A clearly defined line tracks rearward the top of the front fender blister all the way to the taillight element, giving the fenders a hint of a shoulder. encircle the tires leaving the of gaps, visually pulling the car onto the pavement. Minimalist handles are snug for hands anything larger than size gloves.

Gaps between body are pencil thin, which high-quality construction.

Taillight mirror the ovoid shape of the boosting the rear fenders’ look the aforementioned side panel character line The wraparound rear window fills the top of the lift gate. A round VW logo parked in the between the taillights doubles as the for opening the liftgate.

The TDI is distinguished the 2.5-liter gas model by an eponymous logo beneath the right balancing the chrome Golf both cars wear the left taillight.

The Golf R has distinct features. The front end has a aggressive look, with air intakes at each corner house LED daytime running and a gloss-black radiator grille. the sides, there are sportier panel moldings and gloss-black-painted calipers that peek the unique five-spoke 18-inch

The rear features a center-mounted twin tailpipe and a racing-style black diffuser.

Interior

the Volkswagen Golf shows a dedication to austere functionality. is confined to touches on steering spokes, around air registers, handles and tasteful outlines on knobs and the shifter. Textures good touch. In fact, the Golf features more surfaces and a generally higher quality than its newer the Jetta.

A contrasting silver ish separates top and bottom dash and dresses the uppermost element of the trim panels. Completing the theme is the cloth upholstery, to the base Golfs offer no

The Golf feels roomier it looks, and it is, actually. Passenger equals or is at least competitive the other major players in its including the Ford Focus Mazda3 hatchback and Kia Forte The Golf trails those in cargo space, though, as it is shorter than all of them.

the Golf comes with a 60/40 folding rear and a standard rear passthrough to multiple cargo and passenger The front seats are comfortable. in and out of the car is easy, in spite of sporty bolstering. That bolstering is when exploring the Golf’s high handling limits, as is the cloth upholstery.

The eight way driver’s seat works with the tilt and telescope wheel to allow all but the tallest and the stout drivers a nearly triangulation with steering pedals and shift lever. the front seat passenger eight way adjustability for the seat.

The Golf R has sportier, grippier with more bolstering and seating surfaces. The leather-wrapped wheel feels good in the hands, and the metal pedals add a flair. The Golf R interior has a flat-bottom steering wheel, upholstery with R logos, a shifter knob, and special sill plates.

In all models, the air and sound system controls are basic in shape, size and Knobs and buttons handle the operations.

We especially like the system, finding the fonts and to be the most attractive on the market. permitted by the navigation system’s while the car is in motion appear in finger friendly, virtual These controls require a glance by the driver to identify assigned duties and then can be in the driver’s peripheral field of

Or better yet, the passenger can them.

Outward visibility is unimpeded except for the large (the rearmost roof

Driving Impression

For a car this and with these powertrains, the Golf excels, easily mile after mile at speeds. Wind noise, at those seriously elevated is well muted. On one test in fact, the most remarkable sound was the hiss of rainwater on the of the wheelwells.

The Golf accelerates with the standard 2.5-liter engine. Volkswagen claims a 0 60 mph of 7.8 seconds for the 5 speed manual, 8.1 for the 6 speed automatic. During our test, the engine readily the gas pedal at highway speeds, at Autobahn rates until it ran out of around an indicated 122 mph (it’s limited to 125 mph). The manual five speeds are really all needed for everyday driving.

engagement is smooth. Shift are comfortable, the linkage certain in its selection.

The Tiptronic automatic delivers smooth transitions gears whether left to its own or by the driver via the gearshift or steering paddles.

The Golf has traditionally chassis sophistication unmatched in the The balance between ride and has always been impressive, agile moves, a buttoned feel and a firm but smooth That hasn’t changed.


response is confident, if not markedly Handling in corners is mostly with understeer (where the car to go straight when the driver it to run) the dominant at the limit The only shortfall in the ride is a associated with all cars a relative short wheelbase the Golf, of the suspension to lope pavement heaves common to the concrete roadways.

What has is the competition. The redesigned Ford also benefits from a take on ride and handling, and it a similar type of chassis as does the distantly related The Ford and Mazda feel a bit and not quite as solid as the Golf, but close competitors for the Golf

The Honda Civic’s ride and is comparable, though it doesn’t quite the same confidence pushed as hard.

The Golf’s work well. We used repeatedly on Germany’s Autobahn to the Golf down from speeds to 60 mph with no drama. feel was solid throughout, as was the directional stability.

For those who driven a modern diesel, the TDI its 2.0-liter diesel engine be a pleasant surprise. It takes a second longer to accelerate 0 to 60 mph, a significant difference, and is comparable with either the six speed manual or the optional 6 DSG transmission. On urban freeways, response is quick and linear, little hint of turbo

Thanks to the diesel’s hefty curve, the engine pulls well past legal speeds, but it doesn’t rev as high and as lively as the 2.5 liter much 110 mph. The manual has two or three gears than the diesel thanks to its hefty torque The DSG, however, is more merely an automated manual.

one or the other of its dual clutches engaged, it almost instantaneous as slick as, or even slicker a full automatic, making use of its six speeds to produce a seamless of optimized power to the front The TDI model’s 17 inch wheels lower profile tires and more certain turn in. handling is basically neutral, appears in the TDI at the limit, which is a bit higher than the limit of the model.

In terms of fuel the TDI tops the competition by as many as six The 2.5-liter engine, however, is than the new offerings from Honda and Mazda, all of which made considerable efficiency with recent updates.

The new R is a different beast entirely. GTI owners will find it to be far willing and agile than already capable cars. the GTI is sporty yet refined, the Golf R is sudden and rambunctious, along the of a Mitsubishi Evo or a Subaru WRX STI.

not quite as quick or powerful as cars, but the 2.0-liter engine is a to drive. It revs freely up to its rpm redline, with a constant hum lets you know this is a machine. Power is available but it swells over 4000 rpm to pull this hot hatch 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds.

By comparison, the Evo and STI do the same in under seconds, but the Golf R is just as to drive, if not moreso. The Golf Haldex all-wheel-drive system torque steer (a tug on the steering in front-wheel-drive cars that it to one side), which can be a problem in front-drive cars.

The Golf 6-speed manual transmission has a mechanical feel with and relatively short throws. We enamored of the clutch, though. too light and offers little upon engagement, which can in some stalling.

Handling is immediate than in other The Golf R’s razor ultra-quick steering teams firm suspension settings to it dive quicker into and feel almost twitchy. the solid roots are there, and the car is relaxed in everyday traffic.

the immediate responses and the constant note, the Golf R is best for enthusiast drivers who will those features rather be annoyed by them.

The Volkswagen is enjoyable to drive, with an balance of ride and handling, as as a classy interior. The standard offers Volkswagen quality and at Honda prices. The Golf TDI excellent fuel economy, but its engine isn’t cheap.

The new R is a viable competitor for the likes of the Evo and Subaru WRX STI, with handling and a high-strung engine.

correspondent Kirk Bell from Herndon, Virginia; Tom Lankard in Wolfsburg, Germany; and McCullough in Los Angeles.

Model

Volkswagen Golf 2.5L with manual transmission 2.5L 2-door with ($19,095), 2.5L 4-door Tiptronic ($19,795), 2.5L Convenience with manual 2.5L 2-door Convenience Tiptronic ($19,695), 2.5L Convenience with manual 2.5L 2-door Convenience and with manual ($20,395), 2-door Convenience and Sunroof Tiptronic ($21,495), 2.5L Convenience and Sunroof with ($22,195), TDI 2-door with ($23,995), TDI 2-door with DSG TDI 4-door with manual TDI 4-door with DSG ($25,795), TDI Sunroof and Navigation with ($25,695), TDI 2-door Sunroof and with DSG ($26,795), TDI 4-door and Navigation with manual TDI 4-door Sunroof and Navigation DSG ($27,495), TDI 2-door Technology with manual ($27,365), TDI Technology Package with DSG TDI 4-door Technology Package manual ($28,065), TDI 4-door Package with DSG ($29,165).

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