I was torn between a Golf and the Ford Focus. Ultimately, the interior detail and materials sold me on the Golf.
It looks like an Audi on the inside (especially at night!). My cloth seats are comfortable and ergonomically correct. I can fit 4 adults in the car without it feeling cramped.
Currently getting approx 315 miles per tank. It's really a quality vehicle.
The only downside is that my service light has come twice in the past year that I've owned it.
The computer on the vehicle needed an update.
Although the updates are free at VW, its time consuming and annoying.
Service guy told me its like owning an iphone and there's no warning when you might get the light.
Interior is classy and looks like an Audi.
Nice stereo system.
Love the way you open the hatchback (it looks really cool and impresses people).
Cloth seats are durable and comfortable.
Service light issue!
I get that cars now have computers on them.
But the computer updates are time consuming.
Also, when the service light comes on for an update, the car doesn't drive as well.
Once I turned the car off and on (like a computer) and the service light went away and it fixed itself.
Nevertheless, I still went to the dealer to get the update.
They said its normal and its like an iphone.
So if that's not your style, I would avoid a current model VW.
He says it happens to all the cars.
Golf TDI handles well.
We don't get much rain and we don't get any snow here in Los Angeles.
In what rain I have driven in, the Golf does well with OEM Conti's.
Brakes are great, handles great.
People talk about stiff, well my other car is a Dodge Cummns truck so Golf is an improvement.
Great visibility from all windows, Bluetooth works pretty good, radio (non dyna) is good for stock.
I use my Ipod and when I want directions, I use Bluetooth to hear phone Navi (non navigation head unit).
Fun factor very high.
Fuel mileage incredible.
I don't think people understand how much power is in this little turbo diesel.
Very fun commuter car.
25K miles in 16 months.
Radio, Bluetooth, touchscreen is great.
I'm a big critter.
Heated seats great.
I haven't found too many negative things about car except little VW logo centercaps on rims have all fallen off.
I don't get it, I've own at least a dozen cars and this has never happened to anyone of them.
You won't regret this little beast.
If you miss having fun while driving buy this little Golf TDI.
Something that keeps those centercaps on rims.
What is the deal.
Why on God's green earth does the AC light and compressor come on all the time when you don't press the AC button?
Who's idea was that?
The only time this light should come on is when you want the AC on, not when moving the vent selector knob.
I got it my TDI new mid july . its at 29,000 miles , i love driving it , great car wouldn't trade it . 9.5 out of 10 . get one you'll love it takes you every where , on a dime of diesel . from El Paso to Houston and back 150 bucks in diesel ! around 1500 miles .
I bought my 2012 Golf TDI brand new and I could not be happier with the car. From its handling, to its power, to its amazing fuel efficiency it is the whole package. It truly drives like a solid European car but at half the cost. I have owned Toyota's, Honda's, Jeeps, Chevy's and this VW golf is by far my happiest purchase. I bought the top of the line Tech package and it is in my opinion worth the extra cost. The tech package comes with an incredible sounding Dynadio stereo as well as navigation, LED running lights, and xenon headlights. Definitely will consider purchasing another in 15 years when this one finally wears out....
The DSG auto/manual transmission is quick and fun. The diesel 2.0 is surprisingly powerful as well with 250 ft/lb of torque plus I'm averaging about 44 MPG. Now that I own a European designed car it would be very difficult to go back. I was always against buying European cars due to maintenance costs but this Golf is practically maintenance free and with the first three years paid maintenance through VW it can't be beat. I definitely suggest at least test driving one if your in the market for a fuel efficient car that is also fun to drive and stylish. Thats what I did after test driving what felt like a million different cars this Golf TDI put the others to rest. Awesome car!!
Only suggested improvements I would say are better cup holders as well as "Auto" on/off headlights. Small stuff but would be cool since the car has pretty much everything else.