Used Car: 2012 Volkswagen Golf Review
With great safety scores, reviewer-liked engines and sporty, refined handling, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a formidable choice among small cars.
The 2012 Golf won over reviewers with its nimble handling, comfortable ride and impressive powertrain configurations. While the Golf’s base five-cylinder engine didn’t receive much press when it was new, reviewers loved the available turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, which offers great fuel economy and ample torque. With an automatic transmission, gas-powered Golf models achieve 24/31 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. However, the diesel Golf gets 30/42 mpg, which is outstanding for an affordable small car. The Golf’s reliability score is below average for the class.
The Golf, available as a two- or four-door hatchback, impressed reviewers with its high-quality materials and excellent build quality. One reviewer noted that interior volume is the same in either body style, though rear-seat passengers will have an easier time getting in and out of four-door models. Reviewers found the seats very comfortable and supportive. The base Golf comes standard with an eight-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack and few other notable standard features. Available features include navigation, a power sunroof, Bluetooth, heated front seats, satellite radio and iPod integration. The Golf offers up to 46 cubic feet of cargo volume, which is on par for the class.
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers considered the 2012 Mazda3 one of the sportier choices in the class, and a new Skyactiv engine choice for 2012 helps it achieve very good fuel economy. The Mazda3 also earns a great safety score and better reliability score than the Golf.
The 2012 Ford Focus was well-liked by reviewers for its refined driving dynamics and high-quality interior. Like the Mazda3, the Focus has good reliability and safety scores, and it gets good fuel economy for the class.