2013 Volkswagen Golf

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2013 Volkswagen Golf
2013 Volkswagen Golf

New For 2013

Volkswagen has already pulled the cover off the seventh-generation Golf , but we’re not ready to pass along the details—yet. You see, the new car goes on sale in Europe a full year before it arrives in America, so we have until early 2014 before these Golfs show up in dealerships. The current Golf remains a great buy, just don’t be disappointed when you’re driving “the old model” within a couple months of your purchase.


Volkswagen offers four different models making between 140 hp and 256 hp, each of which is available with two or four doors. All Golfs feature a dynamic chassis and responsive steering that make them a joy to drive. Other common traits include exceptional visibility and a spacious, high-quality interior that compares well with cars costing twice as much. The base five-cylinder engine is sufficiently powerful but can’t come close to the 40 mpg achieved by other compacts. Efficiency-minded buyers will want the diesel-powered TDI, a peppy and refined engine that is rated at 30/42 mpg city/highway. The diesel model is pricey, though. The top performer is the Golf R, a $34,000 all-wheel-drive, turbocharged Golf that produces 256 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. It’s quick and planted, but we prefer the less-powerful front-wheel-drive GTI. The GTI is the only car ever to win our top honor, Automobile of the Year, twice. The Golf R and the GTI use the same 2.0-liter turbo, but the GTI is tuned to be smoother and have a more linear response and minimal turbo lag. Buyers have a choice of four transmissions. Volkswagen’s acclaimed dual-clutch automatic has sophisticated computer programming that mimics the function of a limited-slip diff without adding torque steer. And the GTI’s steering is as good as it gets with front-wheel-drive cars.


Standard features include ABS; front, side, and side curtain air bags; tire-pressure monitoring; and traction and stability control.

You'll like:

  • Great handling and steering
  • An engine for every purpose
  • Upscale cabin

You won't like:

  • Mediocre fuel economy
  • Conservative styling

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Golf

  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Subaru Impreza
Volkswagen GTI Cabrio Austria Apprentices
Young Apprentices Build 328 HP Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabrio Concept
What do you get when you let loose a team of 13 young gearheads on an otherwise benign, run-of-the-mill Volkswagen Golf Cabrio? You get a sweet, attitude-packed ride. That's just what a two-country team debuted at Volkswagen's Wörthersee festival in the form of the Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabrio Austria. Comprised of nine men and four women from Germany and Austria, from ages 17 to 23, this drop-top banishes any remaining vestiges of cutesiness from the Cabrio to make it one rockin', 328-hp drop-top ride.
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Volkswagen Cross Up Front Three Quarters 2
Caught! Upcoming Volkswagen Cross Up! Snapped Without Camo in the Snow
Volkswagen recently launched the tiny Up! city car, which will be soon be joined in Europe by other variants to comprise the automaker’s “New Small Family.” The second family member to debut is the five-door Volkswagen Cross Up!, which was unveiled as a concept at last year’s Frankfurt auto show. Now, a production version has been spotted testing in the wild with no camouflage.
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2014 Volkswagen Golf Front End In Motion
Report: Volkswagen To Build New Golf In Mexico, Uninterested In More U.S. Production
The next version of the Volkswagen Golf hatchback may be built a little farther from home, as the automaker may consider building American-specification versions of the car in Mexico. Automotive News reports that Volkswagen could announce plans to build the Golf in Puebla, Mexico, within the next few weeks.
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2014 Volkswagen Golf Rear
Volkswagen Claims Reported Sales Target Cuts Exaggerated
Volkswagen quickly countered a report from a German newspaper Handelsblatt, which claimed the company was cutting its annual sales target by 250,000 vehicles on weak economic conditions in Western Europe. VW claimed the numbers cited by the paper 'have no basis.' But VW's modest cut in its 2012 sales projections pale in comparison to the woes faced by General Motors' Open division and Ford's European division, which is projected to lose $1 billion for 2012.
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2014 Volkswagen Golf Artist Preview Sketch
Feature Flick: More 2014 Volkswagen Golf Secrets Leak Out
Volkswagen won’t officially reveal the next-generation Golf (and possibly a GTI) until the Paris Motor Show in September, but that’s not stopping details on its all-new C-segment hatchback from hitting the Internet ahead of schedule.
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2013 Volkswagen Golf Specifications

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2.5L I5Engine
Fuel economy City:
23 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
33 MPG
170 hp @ 5700rpm
177 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Steering Wheel Tilt (optional)
  • Cruise Control
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front (optional)
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)

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