Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,591 - $29,440
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
30 City / 42 HWY
Horsepower
140-170
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$9,591 - $29,440
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
30 City / 42 HWY
Horsepower
140-170
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.8 Overall Score
Performance 4.5 Comfort 3.6 Styling 3.9 Value 3.3

Editor's Overview

Among compact cars, the Volkswagen Golf stands out as a true driver's car. Complementing its superior driving dynamics are upscale interior appointments, an efficient diesel engine optio...

2012 Volkswagen Golf Owner Reviews

4.6

25 Reviews

64% 32% 4% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

They should know that the car is starting to be messy thanks to how I don't clean it as well as other people. Also, they should know that my driving skills can get a little crazy since I'm almost like my mom.

I like my car since it fits my personality. The only thing that I dislike about it, is that when I got it, it looks like it needs some repairs. Like for instance, the tires look fine but the car tells me that I need to check on them, which makes me worried that someday one of the tires will pop. But, nonetheless, I need a car to transport myself to places I want to go.

- Stefanie C

The 2012 golf’s have had some recalls and I have updated all fixes to it.

The car has great mileage. It is affordable. I have no problems with the engine or any mechanical. I always take to the dealer for routine check up. Everything is up to par. This car is very reliable from point a through b. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for an economy car with great gas mileage and has been taken cared for.

- Jason Q

Volkswagen golf r general summary.

I enjoy the VW Golf RS' fun factor. It has been a reliable car with not issues. All that it requires is regular maintenance and no other issues have presented. The only complaint would be the seats are restrictive and make it harder to get out. Overall a great car.

- Brandon R

Ranked #3 Compact Cars by Owners

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

MSRP

MSRP
$19,795
$17,995 - $29,440

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
140 - 170 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.5L DOHC 20
2.0L 16
2.5L DOHC 20
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.2 in.
41.2 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.3 in.
39.3 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.5 in.
35.5 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.5 in.
38.5 in.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Accessories

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
195
195 - 225

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
101.5 in.
101.5 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.7 ft.
35.7 - 35.8 ft.

Length

Length
165.4 in.
165.4 in.

Width

Width
70.3 in.
70.3 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3023 .lbs
2968 - 3041 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 hp
140 - 170 hp

Torque

Torque
177 ft. lbs.
177 - 236 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
.lbs
.lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
5 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14.5 gal.
14.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
12 - 16 mpg
24 - 32 mpg

City

City
24 mpg
23 - 24 mpg

Highway

Highway
31 mpg
31 - 33 mpg

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety