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2012 Highlights

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R is all-new.

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  • Strong turbocharged engine
  • standard all-wheel drive
  • sharp handling characteristics
  • hatchback versatility
  • two- or four-door configurations
  • interior sophistication.


  • Considerably more expensive than the regular GTI
  • lack of interior storage space
  • manual gearbox only.

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Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf R for Sale

Volkswagen Golf R 2012 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Rising Blue Metallic Titan Black leather59,621 miles
Used 2012Volkswagen Golf RBase
Est.Loan: $401/mo
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Features & Specs

4dr Hatchback AWD w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)2dr Hatchback AWD w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)2dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Transmission6-speed manual6-speed manual6-speed manual
Horsepower256 hp @ 6000 rpm256 hp @ 6000 rpm256 hp @ 6000 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover12.1%

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating

Down sizing to a Golf R has been pain free 4/25/12
I've only had mine since Saturday 4/21/12 and it was a fluke that I got it. I believe is the first sold in AR. I've owned a '91 Galant VR4 (modded) and most recently an Infiniti FX45 so I'm not a stranger to powerful AWD cars, but both past cars lacked in handling. I was looking at a WRX but it seemed cheap inside. This Golf is very nice fit & finish inside, handles really well, and eagerly accelerates, redline comes quick. I don't really notice any noisiness, have used the bluetooth featurewith the windows down while winding out 4th gear. I didn't really need a GPS, Sunroof, or dynaudio. The carbon steel gray metallic paint give's it that serious machine look. This is my new daily driver.
Hole in one
For me, when it comes to driving a smaller car, I used to get nervous - poor performance coupled with inexpensive looks and low-end interiors. I reluctantly paid the premium for the Golf R Nav 4-Dr. After trekking home 8 hours from 3 states away, sleeping off the payment shock, and ignoring the guilt, I am relieved that I adore the car.
Lives up to its reviews ...
I just drove home in a fully loaded Type R. It's everything I expected. While I'll wait a bit before sticking my foot in the firewall, the car seems to get up and go pretty much as reviewers have reported. Handling, fit and finish are great too. Ride is pretty much comparable to my Mercedes 350SLK, firm but not punishing. The user interface to the car's nav, stereo, etc. is first rate, better thought out than my Audi's MMI. I'm hard pressed to figure, however, why VW failed to include a Homelink transmitter.
Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf R Overview

Pre-owned Volkswagen Golf R models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 256 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf R comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual. The Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf R comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R?

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2012 Volkswagen Golf R Gas Mileage

2012 Volkswagen Golf R 4dr Hatchback AWD w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
22 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/27 highway MPG

2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2dr Hatchback AWD w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
22 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/27 highway MPG

2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), 6-speed manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
22 compined MPG,
19 city MPG/27 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG22
Transmission6-speed manual
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger Volume108.3 cu.ft.
Wheelbase101.5 in.
Length165.8 in.
Width70.0 in.
Height57.5 in.
Curb WeightN/A