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2012 VW Golf Hatchback

2012 Volkswagen Golf Review

(0 Stars)  The compact with class.

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Overview
Don't let the Golf's conservative styling fool you; anyone who sits behind the wheel is having lots of fun. Volkswagen offers four different models making between 140 hp and 265 hp, each of which is available with two or four doors. All Golfs feature a dynamic chassis and responsive steering that make them a joy to drive. Other common traits include exceptional visibility and a spacious, high-quality interior that compares well with cars costing twice as much. The base five-cylinder engine is sufficiently powerful but can't come close to the 40 mpg achieved by other compacts. Efficiency-minded buyers will want the diesel-powered TDI, a peppy and refined engine that is rated at 30 mpg in the city and 42 on the highway. It is pricey, though. The top performer is the Golf R, a $34,000 all-wheel-drive turbocharged Golf that produces 256 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. It's quick and planted, but we prefer the less powerful front-wheel-drive GTI. The GTI is the only car ever to win our top honor, Automobile of the Year, twice. Both the Golf R and the GTI use the same 2.0-liter turbo, but the GTI is tuned to be smoother with a more linear response and minimal turbo lag. Buyers have a choice of two six-speed transmissions: a light and quick manual or Volkswagen's acclaimed dual-clutch automatic. Sophisticated computer programming mimics the function of a limited-slip differential without adding any torque steer--and the GTI's steering is as good it gets with front-wheel-drive cars.

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2012 Golf Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.5L in-line 5 DOHC
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline:, 24 MPG city, 31 MPG highway, 26 MPG combined and 378 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
14.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 170 hp @ 5,700 rpm; 177 ft lb of torque @ 4,250 rpm

'12 VW Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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