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GREEN | 9 out of 10
Golf: 24/31 mpg (automatic); 23/33 (manual)
GTI: 24/33 mpg (auto), 21/31 (manual)
Golf R: 19/27 mpg (manual)
Golf TDI (diesel): 30/42 mpg
The 2013 Volkswagen Golf TDI is a green car, with its hybrid-like fuel economy. But the base five-cylinder Golf is below-average in this class, and the GTI does sacrifice a bit of efficiency in the name of peppy performance.
EPA ratings for the Golf TDI ring in at 30/42 mpg, whether you choose the six-speed manual gearbox or DSG automatic. Likewise, the GTI earns mileage that's respectable, at up to 24 mpg city, 33 highway--especially considering its performance.
That said, the base five-cylinder engine is far from a fuel-economy star. It does 33 mpg on the highway at best, at a time when many compacts get numbers in the upper 30s on the highway and some reach 40 mpg.
With all-wheel drive and a higher-performance engine, the Golf R is thirstier than the rest, at an EPA 19/27 mpg.
The TDI diesel's a mileage champ, while base five-cylinder models are near the back of the pack of small hatchbacks.