2012 Volkswagen GTI Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$23,995-$31,695
$23,035-$30,427
22 /CITY / 32 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- Slight adjustments to option packages

Exterior Features
The 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a 3- or 5-door hatchback with either a gasoline or diesel engine. The diesel version is called the Golf TDI. Both the 3- and 5-door versions of the Golf are offered in the 2.5L (gasoline engine) or the TDI trims. Standard exterior features include 15-inch steel wheels and fog lights. The Volkswagen Golf, now in its sixth generation, has previously been sold as the Rabbit.

Interior Features
The base Volkswagen Golf 2.5L includes air conditioning, cruise control, power accessories, cloth upholstery, and an 8-speaker stereo system. The Golf TDI includes many features that are optional on the 2.5L, including heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and an upgraded sound system.

Optional Features
Options on the 2012 Volkswagen Golf include 17-inch wheels, sunroof, navigation system, bi-Xenon headlights, and a premium audio system.

Under the Hood
The Golf 2.5L comes with front-wheel drive. The standard power plant on the 2.5L is a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, which works  with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The Golf TDI features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine rated at 140 horsepower, but boosts the torque to 236 lb.-ft. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the TDI.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Volkswagen Golf are:
- Golf 2.5L with manual transmission: 23/31/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Golf 2.5L with automatic transmission: 24/31/26 mpg
- Golf TDI with manual transmission: 30/41/34 mpg
- Golf TDI with automatic transmission: 30/42/34 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the Volkswagen Golf include anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Golf received 4 (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Golf received \"Good\" ratings--the Institute's highest--in all crash protection tests.

What's New for 2012:
- Slight adjustments to option packages

Exterior Features
The 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a 3- or 5-door hatchback with either a gasoline or diesel engine. The diesel version is called the Golf TDI. Both the 3- and 5-door versions of the Golf are offered in the 2.5L (gasoline engine) or the TDI trims. Standard exterior features include 15-inch steel wheels and fog lights. The Volkswagen Golf, now in its sixth generation, has previously been sold as the Rabbit.

Interior Features
The base Volkswagen Golf 2.5L includes air conditioning, cruise control, power accessories, cloth upholstery, and an 8-speaker stereo system. The Golf TDI includes many features that are optional on the 2.5L, including heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and an upgraded sound system.

Optional Features
Options on the 2012 Volkswagen Golf include 17-inch wheels, sunroof, navigation system, bi-Xenon headlights, and a premium audio system.

Under the Hood
The Golf 2.5L comes with front-wheel drive. The standard power plant on the 2.5L is a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque, which works  with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission. The Golf TDI features a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine rated at 140 horsepower, but boosts the torque to 236 lb.-ft. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the TDI.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Volkswagen Golf are:
- Golf 2.5L with manual transmission: 23/31/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Golf 2.5L with automatic transmission: 24/31/26 mpg
- Golf TDI with manual transmission: 30/41/34 mpg
- Golf TDI with automatic transmission: 30/42/34 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the Volkswagen Golf include anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat side air bags, and side curtain air bags.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Golf received 4 (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Golf received \"Good\" ratings--the Institute's highest--in all crash protection tests.

Available Trims for the 2012 Volkswagen GTI
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 2dr HB Man Transmission Manual MSRP 23995.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name PZEV (2dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 23995.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name 2dr HB DSG Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 25095.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name PZEV (2dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 25095.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name w/Conv & Sunroof (2dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 26275.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV (2dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 26275.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name w/Conv & Sunroof (2dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 27375.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV (2dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 27375.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name w/Sunroof & Navi (2dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 27845.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV (2dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 27845.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name w/Sunroof & Navi (2dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 28945.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV (2dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 28945.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name Autobahn (2dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 29995.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name Autobahn PZEV (2dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 29995.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name Autobahn (2dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 31095.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name Autobahn PZEV (2dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 31095.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name 4dr HB Man Transmission Manual MSRP 24595.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name PZEV (4dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 24595.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name 4dr HB DSG Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 25695.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name PZEV (4dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 25695.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name w/Conv & Sunroof (4dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 26875.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV (4dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 26875.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name w/Conv & Sunroof (4dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 27975.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name w/Conv & Sunroof PZEV (4dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 27975.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name w/Sunroof & Navi (4dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 28445.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV (4dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 28445.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name w/Sunroof & Navi (4dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 29545.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name w/Sunroof & Navi PZEV (4dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 29545.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name Autobahn (4dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 30595.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name Autobahn PZEV (4dr HB Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 30595.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
Name Autobahn (4dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 31695.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
Name Autobahn PZEV (4dr HB DSG) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 31695.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 24/33
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INTERIOR
  • Cloth seat trim
  • 8-way manual heated front sport bucket seats -inc: optimized head restraints, easy-entry system, lumbar support, emergency locking retractors for all seating positions
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat -inc: height-adjustable head restraints for all seating positions, (2) cup holders, pass-through, interlock feature, center armrest
  • Adjustable front center armrest w/storage compartment
  • Center console -inc: (2) front cup holders, front open storage compartment
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping sport steering wheel
  • Theft-deterrent steering column
  • Highline instrument cluster -inc: multi-function trip computer, compass, brake pad wear indicator, seatbelt reminder, fuel cap seal warning, illumination for controls & gauges
  • Headlights-on warning tone
  • Non-smokers pkg -inc: pwr outlet w/plug, storage receptacle w/insert
  • Pwr windows -inc: front windows w/driver side 1-touch up/down feature, pinch protection
  • Remote central pwr locking system -inc: auto locking feature
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Mirror control pad w/joystick controls
  • Anti-theft vehicle alarm system -inc: panic button
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • Climatic air conditioning -inc: air-conditioning in center console
  • Air vents in instrument panel
  • Electric rear window defroster
  • Rear passenger ventilation for heat
  • Soft-opening lockable glovebox
  • (2) aux pwr outlets
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Brushed aluminum footrest & pedal covers
  • Metallic door trim
  • Integrated armrest in front door panels
  • Front door storage pockets
  • Roof console w/integrated sunglasses holder
  • Sliding visors w/covered illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Interior dome lamp w/time delay, (2) front reading lamps
  • Luggage compartment light
  • Leather brake handle & shift knob
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Plastic loading edge protection
  • Inside hatch grip
  • Rear cargo cover
  • (2) trunk tie-down hooks -inc: 1 in each corner
  • Emergency trunk release
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping sport steering wheel -inc: wheel-mounted shift paddles
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping multifunction sport steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping multifunction sport steering wheel -inc: wheel-mounted shift paddles
  • Touchscreen navigation system
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote keyless entry -inc: KESSY keyless start
  • Leatherette door panel & side trim
  • 8-way manual heated front sport bucket seats -inc: optimized head restraints, lumbar support, emergency locking retractors for all seating positions
EXTERIOR
  • 18" "Detroit" alloy wheels
  • 225/40R18 all-season tires
  • Temporary use spare tire
  • Sport front/side/rear valences -inc: textured black sport side skirts
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color rear roof spoiler
  • Body-color moldings
  • Fully galvanized sheet metal
  • Heat-insulated glass
  • Black front grille -inc: honeycomb mesh & red surrounding strip
  • Halogen headlamps -inc: clear/lightweight/chip-resistant polycarbonate lenses
  • Fog lights
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors -inc: integrated turn signals, blinker control stalk w/lane-change feature
  • Adjustable intermittent windshield wipers w/heated washer nozzles
  • Rear window wiper
  • Body-color exterior door handles
  • Pwr tilt/sliding sunroof -inc: manual sunshade
  • Xenon headlamps w/adaptive frontlight system (AFS)
  • 18" "Serron" alloy wheels
MECHANICAL
  • 2.0L DOHC FSI 16-valve turbocharged I4 engine
  • Hard shell battery box protection
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD -inc: clutch starter interlock, hydraulic clutch, cable shift mechanism
  • Front wheel drive
  • GTI sport suspension w/vehicle lowering -inc: independent front MacPherson struts w/stabilizer bar & fully independent rear four-link suspension w/coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers & stabilizer bar
  • Electro-mechanical variable assist pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Cross differential system (XDS)
  • Pwr front vented, rear solid disc brakes w/red calipers
  • Dual polished exhaust tips -inc: sound generator
  • Electronic differential lock (EDL)
  • 6-speed DSG transmission w/Tiptronic & sport mode, launch control
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Engine braking assist (EBA)
    • Electronic brake-pressure distribution (EBD)
    • Electronic stabilization program (ESP) w/anti-slip regulation (ASR)
    • Hydraulic brake assist (HBA)
    • Intelligent crash response system (ICRS)
    • Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams
    • Crash optimized front end
    • Daytime running lights
    • Dual front airbags
    • Front side-thorax airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Buckle switch
    • Height adjustable front 3-point safety belts w/pretensioners, load limiters
    • LATCH child restraint system
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Collapsible steering column
    • Dual tone horns
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (8) speakers, media device interface (MDI), Bluetooth connectivity
    • SIRIUS satellite radio w/3-month trial
    • Auxiliary audio input
    • Window diversity antenna
    • Premium VIII touchscreen AM/FM stereo w/in-dash CD changer/MP3 player -inc: (8) speakers, media device interface (MDI), Bluetooth connectivity
    • Dynaudio premium sound system -inc: AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player, media device interface (MDI), Bluetooth connectivity

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