Consumer Reviews Summary
11 of 12 (91%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Volkswagen Golf Overview
The diminutive 2013 Volkswagen Golf is one of the most refined subcompact options available and the hatchback is offered with both two- and four-doors.
There aren’t many changes for 2013, the Golf drops the manual transmission option in four-door Golfs that have a gas engine, and there are also a few minor interior tweaks.
From the outside, the Golf’s styling is more conservative than flashy; it won’t win any design or style contests, but it certainly won’t lose them. The word we’re looking for is handsome, with a body colored bumper separating the front grille and air dam and darkened lenses for the taillights. 15-inch steel wheels are standard, while 17-inch alloys are available as an option.
Under the hood, the Golf offers two distinct engine options. One is a conventional gas powered 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that makes 177 pounds-feet of torque. The second option is a super-efficient diesel engine that comes on TDI models. That engine is a 140-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 236 pounds-feet of torque. A five- or six-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic round out the transmission options.
Fuel economy ratings are good with the gas engine, but great with the diesel. Gas models return 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the five-speed manual, or 24/31 mpg city/highway with the automatic. TDI diesel models top that with 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the Golf comes with plenty of standard features including power locks, windows, and mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, and an auxiliary audio input. A moonroof, heated seats, touchscreen sound system with HD radio, and Bluetooth/iPod connectivity are optional.
The 2013 Golf also offers all of the expected safety technologies including six airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, and an electronic stability system.
Its base price might skew a little higher than other cars in this segment, but you really do get what you pay for with the 2013 Volkswagen Golf with a classier interior and greater attention to detail, inside and out, along with nimble handling.