2012 Volkswagen Golf  -  $18,765


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $18,765
Base Invoice: $18,045
Destination Charge: $770
Options: $0
Trim: 2dr HB Man
Doors: 2
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 26 | City: 23 | Hwy: 33
Body Style: 2dr HB Man
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.5L DOHC 20-valve SMPI I5 engine

Pros

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


Model News

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 Highlights

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.

With its excellent variable-assist electromechanical power rack-and-pinion steering, strut-type front suspension and fully-independent rear suspension, the Golf is tuned to feel responsive, which goes well with this compact hatchback's maneuverability and parking ease. Four-wheel disc brakes provide strong stopping power, and electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are included across the model line. The Golf also rides quieter and with more refinement than other on-a-budget hatches.

The 2012 Golf's interior exceeds expectations for those seeking basic transportation, as it adds a little more pizzazz than other hatchbacks in its price range. The instrument panel and door trims are nicely detailed, and there are plenty of soft-touch surfaces. Front seats are adjustable for height and lumbar, and 4-door models get a power recline feature. Rear seats are just spacious enough for most adults, and seatbacks are split 60/40 and fold forward to expand cargo space up to 46 cubic feet; otherwise with them up, there's 15.2 cubic feet--about enough for a standard load of groceries.

With a simplified model lineup this year, the base Golf now includes power windows and locks, cruise control, air conditioning, a trip computer, a rear wiper and washer, steel wheels and an 8-speaker system with an auxiliary input. A Convenience Package adds heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and a front armrest, while a top level adds a sunroof, premium sound, SIRIUS satellite radio and iPod interface.

Golf TDI models come standard with more-- including 17-inch alloy wheels, heated washer nozzles, and footwell lighting--while a sunroof and navigation system come with a middle trim. Loaded TDI models include a Tech Package with bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, a Dynaudio sound system and push-button start.


Value Writeup

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.

In addition, the Golf remains a high-value choice for those who live in tight urban areas and need a car that maneuvers well and parks easily but also comes with more equipment--and a more upscale feel, overall--than many other efficiency-minded small cars.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1

EPA Classification
Compact

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
33 MPG

Cruising Range - City
333.50 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
23 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
26 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
478.50 mi

Engine Type
Gas I5

Displacement
2.5L/151

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250

Trans Type
5

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140

Total Cooling System Capacity
10.0 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
93 ft³

Front Head Room
39.3 in

Front Leg Room
41.2 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.7 in

Second Head Room
38.5 in

Second Leg Room
35.5 in

Second Shoulder Room
52.8 in

Wheelbase
101.5 in

Length, Overall
165.4 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.3 in

Height, Overall
58.3 in

Track Width, Front
60.7 in

Track Width, Rear
59.6 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.4 in

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up
15.0 ft³

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
46.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2968 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link

Front Tire Size
195/65R15

Rear Tire Size
195/65R15

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
15 x 6.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 6.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Spare Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
35.7 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.3 x 1.0 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.2 x 0.5 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
14.5 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
12

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
3

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Years
3

Maintenance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Note
Carefree Maintenance Program

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V078000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 10, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
658,303

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Golf and Jetta SportWagen, 2007-2010 Passat sedans and wagon, 2012-2014 Passat sedan and Eos, 2009-2014 CC, 2009-2012 Audi Q5, and 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflators, free of charge. Volkswagen issued an interim notification to owners on April 12, 2016. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V483000

Mfg's Report Date
AUG 04, 2015

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
415,825

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan, 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta, 2011-2014 Golf and GTI, and 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.

Consequence
A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
11V490000

Mfg's Report Date
SEP 30, 2011

Component
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL

Potential Number of Units Affected
168,275

Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL 2009-2012 JETTA AND JETTA SPORTWAGEN VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2008 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, AND MODEL YEAR 2010-2012 AUDI A3 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2011, THAT ARE EQUIPPED WITH A 2.0L TDI COMMON RAIL DIESEL ENGINE/CLEAN DIESEL ENGINE. THE FUEL INJECTION PULSES COULD COINCIDE WITH THE NATURAL FREQUENCY OF THE INJECTOR LINE #2, IN SPECIFIC LOAD AND RPM CONDITIONS. THIS RESONANCE CREATES ADDITIONAL STRESS IN THE FUEL LINE.

Consequence
DUE TO THE RESONANCE CONDITION, INJECTOR LINE NUMBER 2 COULD DEVELOP SMALL CRACKS WHICH COULD LEAD TO FUEL LEAKAGE. LEAKING FUEL IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, MAY LEAD TO A FIRE.

VOLKSWAGEN WILL INSTALL AN IMPROVED FUEL INJECTOR LINE FOR THE NUMBER 2 CYLINDER AND WILL INSTALL VIBRATION DAMPERS ON ALL OF THE INJECTOR LINES. VOLKSWAGEN AND AUDI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS TO HAVE THE VEHICLES REPAIRED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

VOLKSWAGEN RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 23J9/V5. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

2.5L DOHC 20-valve SMPI I5 engine

5-speed manual transmission -inc: clutch starter interlock, hydraulic clutch

Front wheel drive

Hard shell battery box protection

Independent front MacPherson struts w/stabilizer bar

4-link independent rear suspension -inc: coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

Electromechanical variable-assist pwr steering

Pwr-assisted front vented disc brakes w/rear solid disc brakes -inc: 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS)

Dual exhaust tips

15" steel wheels w/wheel covers

P195/65R15 all-season tires -inc: temporary spare tire

Body-colored front/rear bumpers

Body-colored trim molding

Black grille

Body-colored pwr heated side mirrors -inc: integrated turn signals, joystick control

Adjustable intermittent front wipers

Rear wiper

Body-colored door handles

Non-smokers pkg -inc: pwr outlet w/plug, storage receptacle w/insert

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (8) speakers, WMA compatible

Window diversity antenna

Auxiliary audio input

8-way cloth manual front sport seats -inc: easy entry system, lumbar support, optimized head restraints

60/40 split-folding rear seat -inc: height adjustable head restraints

Center console w/front open storage compartment

3-spoke tilt/telescoping steering wheel -inc: theft-deterrent collapsible steering column, Blinker control stalk w/lane-change feature

Highline illuminated instrument cluster -inc: compass, outside temperature display, trip computer, brake pad wear indicator

Air vents in instrument panel

Pwr windows w/driver side 1-touch feature -inc: pinch protection

Remote pwr door locks -inc: auto locking feature, center locking system

Cruise control

Remote keyless entry -inc: rear hatch release & panic button

Anti-theft vehicle alarm system

Immobilizer III theft-deterrent system

Manual climatic A/C w/pollen filter

Electric rear window defroster

Soft opening lockable glovebox

(2) front cupholders

Metallic-appearance interior trim

(2) aux pwr outlets

Integrated armrest in front door panels

Front door storage pockets

Driver and front passenger illuminated visor vanity mirrors

Center dome light w/time delay -inc: 2 reading lights

Molded shift knob & break handle

Chrome button for parking brake lever

Molded door trim w/cloth inserts

Front seatback storage pockets

Luggage compartment light

Fully carpeted/lined luggage compartment

Rear cargo cover

Plastic loading edge protection

Emergency trunk release

Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)

Electronic differential lock (EDL)

Electronic stability control (ESC)

Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)

Engine braking assist (EBA)

Anti-slip regulation (ASR)

Anti-intrusion side door beams

Crash-optimized front end

Daytime running lights

Intelligent crash response system (ICRS)

Dual front airbags

Driver/front passenger side thorax airbags

Front/rear side curtain airbags -inc: buckle switch

Emergency locking retractors

Height-adjustable front 3-point safety belt -inc: pre-tensioners w/load limiters

Rear 3-point safety belts -inc: interlock feature

LATCH child restraint system

Tire pressure monitoring system

Dual tone horn

 
BLACK
$0

 
CANDY WHITE
$0

 
REFLEX SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
SHARK BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
BLUE GRAPHITE METALLIC
$0

 
TORNADO RED
$0

 
UNITED GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
TITAN BLACK, CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
** VARIOUS ADDITIONAL PORT INSTALLED OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA-SEE YOUR AREA DEALER FOR A COMPLETE LIST **
$0

 
FIRST AID KIT
$35

 
CHROME EXHAUST TIPS
$160

 
MAT KIT
$235

 
CARPETED MAT KIT
$235

 
PROTECTION KIT
$430

 
DISTINCTION KIT
$329

 
PROTECTION PLUS
$210

 
(4) SPLASH GUARDS
$220

 
ROOF EDGE SPOILER
$499

 
GROUND EFFECTS KIT
$1,999

 
GOLF GROUND EFFECTS KIT
$1,950

 
SPORT GOAL SILVER WHEELS
$1,325

 
SPORT GOAL GRAY WHEELS
$1,325

 
SPORT ALLOY BLACK WHEELS
$2,199

 
SPORT ALLOY SILVER WHEELS
$2,199


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