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Selected Style 5-Door Sportback ES FWD
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Sportback FWD ES 24 32 $17,618 $18,395
5-Door Sportback FWD GT 22 29 $20,444 $21,345
2-Door HB Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual 23 33 $17,275 $17,995
2-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $18,331 $19,095
2-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,266 $24,235
2-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,322 $25,335
4-Door HB Automatic 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV 24 31 $19,003 $19,795
4-Door HB Manual TDI 30 42 $23,937 $24,935
4-Door HB DSG TDI 30 42 $24,993 $26,035
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible 23 33 $18,086 $18,840
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible 24 31 $19,814 $20,640
2-Door HB Manual w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Manual PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 23 33 $19,829 $20,655
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $20,885 $21,755
4-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Convertible & Sunroof 24 31 $21,557 $22,455
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $24,917 $25,955
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $25,589 $26,655
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,645 $27,755
2-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $26,534 $27,640
2-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,590 $28,740
4-Door HB Manual TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $27,206 $28,340
4-Door HB DSG TDI w/Tech Pkg 30 42 $28,262 $29,440
2-Door HB Automatic w/Convertible 24 31 $19,142 $19,940
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,618
$17,275
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,395
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$307 / month
$300 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Volkswagen Golf feels like a premium vehicle, and it's priced like one too, especially its fuel-efficient TDI edition.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.3 52.8
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 94.5 93
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 35.9 35.5
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 39.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Hip Room (in) 54.1 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.7
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 59.3 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.2 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 103.7 101.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.4 70.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.2 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 180.4 165.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 13.8 15.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46.6 46.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 8.0 x - TBD - 10.2 x 0.5
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.0 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.9 x - TBD - 11.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 32.8 35.7
Steering Type Electric Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.09 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.9 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size T145/70D16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P205/60R16 195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/60R16 195/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3021 2968
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 148 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 145 @ 4200 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code 4B11 NA
Displacement 2.0L/122 2.5L/151
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 33
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.75 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.41 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Continuously variable ratio Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.35 - 0.52 3.78
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.36
Trans Type 1 5
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Volkswagen Golf
Body Style 5 Door Hatchback 2 Door HB
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.79 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.9 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
 
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