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Selected Style 2-Door HB
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB 19 27 $32,631 $33,990
2-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,071 $35,490
4-Door HB 19 27 $33,207 $34,590
4-Door HB w/Sunroof & Navi 19 27 $34,647 $36,090
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
$32,631
$17,275
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,990
$17,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$567 / month
$300 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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 19 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Cars Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 35.5
Front Head Room (in) 51.2 39.3
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.5 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.5 93
Second Head Room (in) 41.7 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 52.8
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 101.5
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.0 70.3
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.0 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 165.8 165.4
Height, Overall (in) 57.5 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.7 59.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) 46.0 46.0
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) 14.8 15.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.6 x 1.2 11.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.2 x 0.9 10.2 x 0.5
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 35.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 225/40R18 195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 225/40R18 195/65R15
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3325 2968
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 7.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.1 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 140
Engine
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 243 @ 2400 - 5200 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 256 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.24/3.27 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.09 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.91 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.36 3.78
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.47 1.36
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.10 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.99 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.09 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Body Style Hatchback 2 Door HB
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Golf R Volkswagen Golf
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA 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) NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 7.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating -
 
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