2012 Volkswagen Golf

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2012 Volkswagen Golf Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Compact Car of 2012

All J.D. Power rankings are powered by VIN verified vehicle owners. See ratings methodology.
Compact Car
#4 Volkswagen Golf

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Volkswagen Golf after 90-days of ownership.
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Vehicle's handling on curves
  • Quality of the interior materials

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Volkswagen Golf during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Amount of trunk/hatch space
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning
  • Styling of the dashboard

Performance Specs

MPG City

23 - 30


31 - 42


140 - 170


5 speed, Manual, 6 speed, Automatic w/Manual Shift, 6 speed, Manual


Gas I5, Turbocharged Diesel I4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Volkswagen Golf Review

Nimble quick and just the right size it glides down the narrowest of streets The 2012 Volkswagen Golf. It begins with your choice of a city-perfect engine with 170 horse power 177 pound feet of torque and 32 miles per gallon highway. Or maybe you’d prefer clean diesel with fast off the line slow on the fuel consumption 140 horse power 236 pound feet of torque and staggering 30 city 42 highway miles per gallon. Then match high-tech advancements like Electronic Stabilization Program AKA the car goes where you want it and a Tiptronic transmission to your right foot for some metropolitan joy. Add an Anti-lock Brake System independent suspension and your choice of 2 Euro-engineered transmissions and your Golf key fob may feel more like having the keys to the city. The joy of driving mingles with the joy of getting there with the optional state-of-the-art touchscreen navigation and entertainment system in the Golf Diesel. Every 2012 Golf comes standard with 40 safety features that make up the Prevent and Preserve Safety System. The features work in harmony to both help you avoid a crash and help protect you if a crash is unavoidable. The 2012 Golf the perfect city car inside and out.

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