Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf

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2012 Volkswagen Golf
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$7,995 - $14,244

Pros

  • Outstanding cabin materials and construction
  • fuel-efficient diesel engine
  • spacious hatchback body style
  • refined driving dynamics.

Cons

  • Unrefined and inefficient gasoline engine
  • higher price than many rivals.

Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf for Sale

Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
48,635 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$11,995
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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%2A%2A%2A CLEAN CARFAX %2A%2A%2A MD INSPECTED %2A%2A%2A ALL RECALL WORK PERFORMED W/ WARRANTY %2A%2A%2A WELL MAINTAINED %2A%2A%2A %2A%2A%2A WARRANTY AND FINANCING AVAILABLE %2A%2A%2A QUALITY PRE-OWNED VEHICLES %2A%2A%2A DIRECTAUTOACCESS.COM %28240%29 801-4735 %2A%2A%2A Air Conditioning; Power Windows; Power Locks; Power Steering; Tilt Wheel; AM/FM CD/MP3; Satellite; AM/FM CD/DVD; Immobilizer; Keyless Entry; Alarm; Daytime Running Lights; Dual Air Bags Front Head and Sides; Active Belts; All Wheel ABS; Power Sun/Moon Roof
Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
45,607 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
(7)
King Volkswagen
16.8 mi away
List$12,977
Est.Loan: $242/mo
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Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
84,695 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.5L PZEV
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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$220 Below Market
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***POWER SUNROOF, VERY SHARP AND ROOMY...............................2012 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF, UNITED GRAY WITH A BLACK INTERIOR, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION, HEATED SEATS, POWER SUNROOF, KEYLESS ENTRY, ALL POWER, TINTED GLASS, REAR WIPER, SIDE AIRBAGS, ANTI-LOCK BRAKES, ALLOY WHEELS WITH NEW TIRES, GREAT STARTER CAR***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
74,333 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$10,989
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.5L PZEV 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
72,804 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.5L PZEV
List$8,995
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
45,354 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$13,726
Est.Loan: $256/mo
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All the right ingredients!! This Vehicle has less than 46k miles!!! Climb into this reputable Vehicle and experience the kind of driving excitment that keeps you smiling all the way home.. CARFAX 1 owner and buyback guarantee*** New Arrival. Great MPG: 42 MPG Hwy. Safety equipment includes: ABS, Curtain airbags, Passenger Airbag, Signal mirrors - Turn signal in mirrors, Daytime running lights...Other features include: Power locks, Power windows, Heated seats, Auto-shift manual Transmission, Turbo...Standard features include: Remote power door locks, Power windows with 4 one-touch, Heated drivers seat, Auto-shift manual Transmission, Compressor - Intercooled turbo, 4-wheel ABS brakes, Air conditioning, Cruise control, Audio controls on steering wheel, 140 hp horsepower, 2.0 L liter inline 4 cylinder DOHC engine, Power heated mirrors, Multi-function remote - Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate, Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row, Passenger Airbag, Heated passenger seat, 2-way power adjustable drivers seat, Front-wheel drive, Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 42 and EPA city (mpg): 30, 4 Doors, Tachometer, Compass, External temperature display, Heated Windshield Washer Jets - Jets, Overhead console - Mini with storage, Transmission controls on steering wheel - Gear shift controls, Video Monitor Location - Front, Speed-proportional power steering, Signal mirrors - Turn signal in mirrors, Daytime running lights, 2-way power adjustable passenger seat, Climate controlled - Driver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback, Front seat type - Sport, Rear bench seats, Intermittent window wipers, Privacy/tinted glass, Rear wiper...
Volkswagen Golf 2012
37,555 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$14,244
Est.Loan: $266/mo
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Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback w/Tech Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
37,613 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$13,200
Est.Loan: $247/mo
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$300 Below Market
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**WE FINANCE** TDI DIESEL ENGINE / NAVIGATION SYSTEM / SUNROOF / AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION/ BLUETOOTH/ SATELLITE RADIO/ PREMIUM WHEELS WITH 4 GOOD TIRES/ LOW MILES FOR THE YEAR AND LOW MILES FOR DIESEL ENGINE/ A MUST SEE****FREE DELIVERY FOR UP TO 500 MILE RADIUS $0.40-$0.60per mile after 500-mile radius. Ask your salesperson for up to additional 6years or 100k miles extended warranty for under $2000 on qualified vehicles. � $199 for ceiling DVD or $799 for dual headrestDVD�s on qualified vehicles. We reserve the rights to end this listing or anyother listings at anytime should the vehicle no longer be available for saleand sales prices are subject to change without notice. Fees and Taxes: allvehicles sold are subject to $695.00 dealer processing fee. Buyer(s) are responsible for all state county city taxes and feesas well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will beregistered. SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING IS BASED ON ONE TIME PAYMENT OF CASHCERTIFIED FUNDS MONEY ORDER AND EFT's. TOTAL PRICES ON VEHICLES FINANCED MAYVARY. WE FINANCE PEOPLE WITH ALL TYPES OF CREDIT. EVERYONE IS APPROVED. AlphaMotorsports is not responsible for TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS MISPRINTS ONEQUIPMENT VOIDED MANUFACTURER WARRANTY due to previous accident(s). Customersmust confirm all the options with the manufacturer and the remaining warrantywith the manufacturer prior of purchasing the vehicle. We print Carfax historyon the same day that we buy the vehicle from different sources AlphaMotorsports is not responsible for any changes to Carfax history in the futurePlease print your own most updated Carfax history from www.carfax.com**
Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
85,196 miles
Cpo 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$11,999
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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CARFAX 1-Owner, Extra Clean. TDI w/Sunroof & Nav trim. NAV, Sunroof, Heated Seats, iPod/MP3 Input, Bluetooth, Multi-CD Changer, Satellite Radio, Turbo, Alloy Wheels, Diesel, Rear Air, Non-Smoker vehicle. CLICK NOW!DRIVE THIS GOLF WITH CONFIDENCECARFAX 1-Owner. Qualifies for CARFAX Buyback Guarantee. Approx. Original Base Sticker Price: $27,800*.KEY FEATURES ON THIS GOLFNavigation, Sunroof, Rear Air, Heated Driver Seat, Turbocharged, Diesel, Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Bluetooth, Multi-CD Changer, Aluminum Wheels, Heated Seats MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks, Heated Mirrors, Electronic Stability Control. Volkswagen TDI w/Sunroof & Nav with United Gray Metallic exterior and Titan Black interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 140 HP at 4000 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle.BEST IN CLASS: VOLKSWAGEN GOLFTops the competition in cargo capacity. Put the rear seats down and you have more room than the Ford Focus, Mazda 3, and Subaru Impreza hatchbacks. Great Gas Mileage: 42 MPG Hwy.VISIT US TODAYWe are located at 6631 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Faulkner Volkswagen of Mechanicsburg is your Mechanicsburg Volkswagen dealership serving Harrisburg. We are your Harrisburg area VW dealership for new, used and certified pre-owned Volkswagen cars, as well as Volkswagen financing.Pricing analysis performed on 8/11/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
39,857 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$11,989
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
59,299 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$12,389
Est.Loan: $231/mo
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Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
45,196 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$11,489
Est.Loan: $215/mo
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Volkswagen Golf 2012 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)
49,032 miles
Cpo 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
List$13,999
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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TDI trim, UNITED GRAY exterior and TITAN BLACK interior. GREAT MILES 49,032! Heated Seats, iPod/MP3 Input, Bluetooth, Multi-CD Changer, Satellite Radio, Turbo Charged, Alloy Wheels, Diesel, Rear Air. AND MORE!VOLKSWAGEN GOLF: UNMATCHED QUALITYApprox. Original Base Sticker Price: $24,900*.KEY FEATURES ON THIS GOLFRear Air, Heated Driver Seat, Turbocharged, Diesel, Satellite Radio, iPod/MP3 Input, Bluetooth, Multi-CD Changer, Aluminum Wheels, Heated Seats MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks, Heated Mirrors, Electronic Stability Control. Volkswagen TDI with UNITED GRAY exterior and TITAN BLACK interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 140 HP at 4000 RPM*.VOLKSWAGEN GOLF IS BEST IN CLASSThe 2012 Volkswagen Golfis an excellent all-around car. The 2012 Volkswagen Golf stands out among affordable small cars for its high-quality interior. - CarsToBuy.com. Great Gas Mileage: 42 MPG Hwy.WHO WE AREWe are located at 6631 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Faulkner Volkswagen of Mechanicsburg is your Mechanicsburg Volkswagen dealership serving Harrisburg. We are your Harrisburg area VW dealership for new, used and certified pre-owned Volkswagen cars, as well as Volkswagen financing.Pricing analysis performed on 8/13/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.
Volkswagen Golf 2012
49,163 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2.0L TDI
(7)
King Volkswagen
16.8 mi away
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ONE OWNER LOCALLY OWNED %2A 6 SPEED MANUAL %2A A/C,AM-FM Stereo,Aluminum/alloy Wheels,Anti-lock Brakes,Anti-theft System,Automatic Climate Control,Auxiliary Audio Input,Bluetooth,CD / Changer,Cruise Control,iPod Integration,Keyless Entry,Power Door Locks,Power Seats,Power Windows,Rear Airbags,Rear Window Wiper,Stability Control

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Edmunds' Expert Review

It may cost more than comparatively equipped rivals, but the 2012 VW Golf sweats the details and provides a level of refinement that few can possibly match.

vehicle overview

Pound for pound, feature for feature, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf costs more than other compact cars. It would be easy to leave things there, damning the Golf with a case consisting merely of dollar signs and a spreadsheet of standard features. Indeed, it's a case that stripped VW's recently redesigned Jetta of myriad niceties and details that used to make it a step above the rest. Well, the Golf retains those niceties and details, maintaining its position as a special car for those who recognize a higher-quality product when they see it, feel it and drive it. And who also don't mind paying a little extra for it.

Indeed, compared to other vehicles in its class, the 2012 VW Golf feels positively upscale. Its interior puts others to shame (including the Jetta) thanks to top-notch materials, meticulous construction and going-the-extra-mile niceties like rear seat air vents and a tilt-and-telescoping front armrest. With optional features like heated seats, a Dynaudio stereo and a navigation system, the Golf can actually begin to feel like a near luxury car. Really, only the new Ford Focus comes close in this regard.

Once underway, the Golf continues to set itself apart with the sort of refinement German cars are renowned for. Handling is secure and the ride is at once comfortable and composed. The Golf's Achilles' heel, however, is its five-cylinder base engine that returns fuel economy that's upwards of 10 mpg worse on the highway than some competitors. Sure, they're less powerful, but we're betting most buyers would be willing to sacrifice some acceleration to save money at the pump. Luckily, the turbodiesel TDI meets or beats those lofty rival fuel economy figures and is certainly the more appealing Golf. However, it's even more expensive.

Overall, though, we think very highly of the 2012 VW Golf and find that its added cost in TDI guise is justified by its impressive fuel mileage, added refinement and details that won't show up if you simply compare the features of one car to another. We would make the same argument about the Focus, however, and it doesn't require pricier diesel fuel. However, the reality is that both of those compact cars may be too expensive for your budget, so it's definitely worth considering the Mazda 3 as well as the Kia Forte hatchback. They'll offer you more stuff for your money, but the overall experience won't be quite as special.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a five-passenger hatchback available in two- and four-door body styles. Each is broken into 2.5L and TDI trim levels, which correspond to engine choice. The high-performance GTI is discussed in a separate review.

Standard equipment on the base 2.5L Golf includes 15-inch steel wheels, foglights, full power accessories, keyless entry, heated mirrors, cruise control, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, front seat adjustable lumbar, cloth upholstery, a compass, a trip computer and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Convenience package adds heated front seats, a front center armrest and Bluetooth. The Convenience & Sunroof package adds those aforementioned items plus a sunroof, a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an iPod/USB audio interface and a touchscreen audio interface.

The Golf TDI includes all of the above equipment as standard, minus the sunroof. Also included are 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a lower ride height, heated windshield washer nozzles, floor mats and a multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Sunroof & Navigation package adds the sunroof and a navigation system, but subtracts the compass and auxiliary audio jack. The Tech package includes the Sunroof & Navigation items, plus bi-xenon headlights and a premium Dynaudio sound system.

performance & mpg

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf 2.5L is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder (hence the trim name) that produces 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. These Golf models are classified as partial-zero-emissions vehicles (PZEV) when sold in states with California emissions standards. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. With the automatic, the Golf 2.5L achieves an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. Sticking with the manual improves that to 23/31/26. But either way, that's worse fuel economy than the Golf's primary (though admittedly less powerful) competitors.

To get similar to better fuel economy than those competitors, we recommend the Golf TDI. It has a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder that puts out a modest 140 hp, but a robust 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard and a six-speed automated manual (DSG) is optional. In Edmunds performance testing, a Golf TDI with a manual went from zero to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds -- a quick time for this segment. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 30/41/34 with the manual, while the highway number ticks up to 42 with the DSG.

safety

Every 2012 Volkswagen Golf comes standard with traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, a Golf TDI came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet -- a good distance for this segment.

In crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Golf received the highest score of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.

driving

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf's high level of interior refinement is echoed in its composed, solid feel on the road. At highway speeds, the Golf is significantly quieter than other hatchbacks. Alternately, you can take it out on a curvy road and the well-weighted steering will inspire confidence.

The Golf's gasoline engine provides strong power throughout the rev range, but it sounds unrefined and we're betting most buyers would sacrifice some of that muscle for better fuel economy. Opting for the turbodiesel will get you that higher fuel economy along with an abundance of low-end torque. The downsides are the extra noise and a higher price, but in general, the Golf TDI is the more appealing model.

interior

Simply replacing the VW logo on the Golf's steering wheel with four rings just might be enough to convince you that you're in an Audi. That's how nice the Golf's interior is. Among other compact hatchbacks, the Volkswagen's blend of top-shelf materials, refined design and quality workmanship place it above all others. The Golf's cabin is actually much nicer than that of the recently redesigned VW Jetta sedan.

Whether you choose the two- or four-door, the Golf's passenger space remains the same. For those who plan on shuttling multiple passengers, the four-door is the obvious choice, offering a surprisingly large backseat that's notably more spacious than that of a Mazda 3. Access to the two-door Golf's rear seats is made relatively painless thanks to front seats that slide easily out of the way. Behind the rear seats, the cargo area can hold up to 12.4 cubic feet of stuff -- double the capacity of a Mini Cooper, but about average for other hatchbacks. Dropping the split-folding rear seats bumps that figure up to 46 cubes.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Volkswagen Golf.

happy so far
willie3051, 3/2/2012
This is my first VW and the 2012 Golf is impressive. The car is very comfortable and handles well. On it's first long trip, I averaged 33 mpg of mostly highway miles.
Great Car To Drive
aom1, 1/28/2012
I got the 4 door hatchback with the base 2.5 engine. Like most VWs this is a driver's car. It's still built in Germany. Great feel on the road, very comfortable seats and a sophisticated feeling suspension. Very little road/wind noise. I have been getting around 27 mpg with mostly hwy driving. This powertrain has enough pep for my needs while still using regular gas. There's lots of room with the seats folded down. VW still has great lease rates if you can negotiate.
Great Car...but it's like an iPhone
volvogirl5, 4/6/2014
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.
4 Door Golf
danjv, 1/15/2013
I've owned this car for just a couple weeks, but I can already tell this is the great car I hoped it would be. It doesn't come with the most features, it doesn't get the best gas mileage, and it doesn't have the most back seat room. But if you want a car that makes you say "Ahhhhhh" every time you get in and can't spend $35k, get a Golf. Think of it like the iPhone of the car world: the best designed, most well executed, solid-feeling car you can buy for the money. Drive this, then drive something else - you'll be frustrated. The engine is smooth and surprisingly powerful. The transmission is good, but regular mode is a bit economy minded - Sport mode is where I leave it most of the time.
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Features & Specs

MPG
24 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5700 rpm
MPG
30 city / 42 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Diesel
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
MPG
30 city / 42 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Diesel
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
MPG
23 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
170 hp @ 5700 rpm
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So, we're getting a 2012 Volkswagen Golf R with a pumped-up version of the VW GTI's turbocharged inline-4 engine with 266 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Fine. This almost makes up for the fact that we're not getting the 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R, the super-sexed-up MkIII VW364 car, from Wolfsburg. On the other hand, we have to wait. While the rest of the planet gets its Golf R starting now, North America has to wait, because our Golf R won't arrive until the second quarter of 2011 as a 2012 model. Sigh.

Payoff being at least that the Golf MkVI VW360, known as the Golf R with the new fourth-generation version of Haldex 4Motion all-wheel drive, is a better all-round hottie than any like competitor on the planet and is therefore worth the wait.

It won't separate your retinas with its dynamics like a Ford Focus RS or Mugen-tuned Honda Civic Type R, neither of which will ever make it to North America (legally, anyway). However, the VW Golf R smothers the overrated old 247-hp VW R32 V6 in all ways but exhaust sound satisfaction, and we think it feels more a premium effort than the 263-hp Mazdaspeed 3 (it damned well should, of course, seeing as it'll probably cost about $8,500 more than the Mazda).

And so we've just driven the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R for two days, much of it on roads in the Austrian Alps that are thick with snow, and this trunkless marvel points, goes hard and soothes all at once.

R32 VR6-Withdrawal Group Hug
On American soil, the VW R32 with its VR6 engine and previous-generation Haldex all-wheel-drive setup became a bit of a legend, complete with breathless Internet bulletin boards all a-gush with how it kicked so much damned ass.

Which, it did, sort of. But not really. The 4Motion was the big draw for most R32 buyers — VW's survey says so, so we ain't just guessing here — and then there was that we-don't-need-no-stinkin'-turbo 3.2-liter VR6. Apparently it just didn't matter how underpowered and fuel-sucking that heavy, narrow-angle V6 has been, because it did the Pavlov thing for Americans, who could say, "at least it's a V6, dude." The engine was never really any good in the Audi TT either, and for the same reasons. But, boy, did VW Group make a lot of money on each one sold. Admittedly, too, the thing could sing real pretty through those pipes.

But, well, it's time to give it up, guys. (VW's R32 survey says you're almost all guys, as in males. Like roughly 100 percent.) The whole VR6 engine program has been scrapped already. It is time for the exceptionally better EA113 inline-4, in this case the turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter TSI that we've recently driven with much delight in the VW Scirocco R.

One thing that should help us break this tortured sort of man-hug and move on to the better 2.0-liter turbo is the matter of 266 hp at 6,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,000-5,000 rpm. And you can't deny that 12.6 pounds of Golf R that each 2.0 TSI horse has to carry is much better than the 14.2 pounds that every VR6 pony had to pack. In fact, the brand-new MkVI GTI with the latest EA888 turbo-4 burdens each horse with 15.8 pounds.

A Man's Car
This VW Golf R with the 2.0 TSI is exactly what we need to stop the criticism leveled at small cars with turbocharged four-cylinder engines. There's so much premium-ness built into this car that it is not to be believed, and we mean that in the amazingly good way. A long list of upgrades in both manufacturing and anti-NVH development has made every member of the Golf MkVI family feel as substantial as an Audi A6.

And then there is the long list of features. Like the latest quick-acting all-wheel drive making snowy roads feel like dry roads, plus making serious acceleration numbers on dry roads and communicating in the corners through the flat-bottom R-type steering wheel. Like the sheer quality of the interior design that no longer seems as if it's compensating for shortcomings in another department.

The Golf R is a fully copacetic package, gents. And particularly as a four-door hatch, the new Golf R looks normal-ish, certainly when compared to the blatant sport stance designed into the Scirocco. No boy racers need even apply.

And Then on Ice and Snow
You can probably see that the weather in the Austrian Alps for our drive of a 2012 Volkswagen Golf R ablaze in Tornado Red proved perfect for testing the majority of the reasons for buying one. Though there are engineering and dynamic reasons why we would prefer a mechanical Torsen center differential, no car built on the VW Group's PQ35 chassis has ever had anything but a Haldex. Some say it's due to cost issues in having to beef up the chassis to properly mesh with a Torsen's reactive properties, especially when the engine is transversely mounted.

No matter, this fourth-gen pro-active Haldex system is just right on this lighter Golf. Its most important innovation is the way that the hydraulically activated system (435 psi) is always prepared to manage the driving forces and weight transfer in far less time than the Haldex AWD system it replaces. The previous differential could also send 100 percent of traction to the front or rear axle, but this one reacts now like the proverbial lightning. While hammering around the local mountain roads and circling a local ice-racing circuit with studded tires, we learned that the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R is always under control, even while drifting the racing circuit's curves at 6,500 rpm.

On the slick stuff, at least, the stability control still has a safety net engaged even when you switch off the system, so it would still intervene while we were trying to be teenagers for life, kicking sideways and using the hand brake and so on. But this is not exactly a dumb move for a series-built car that is expected to spend some portion of its life in controlled sledding under similar conditions. It corrects things just enough to keep the less capable out of the snowbanks.

Das Fahren auf der Autobahn
There's a good chance that the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R for North America will be limited to 130 mph like the GTI and others, which might make police-chase television shows seem a little like restrictor-plate NASCAR weekends if the getaway car is a VW. We weren't in North America, though, were we? No.

At 155 mph on glorious portions of no-limit autobahn on the way back to Munich airport, there is that low hum from the turbo engine's twin-pipe exhaust that's very close to the note of the R32, only the greatly improved acoustic insulation of the cabin admits less of it than the R32 did. Meanwhile, the stability afforded by the suspension is very much as you'd expect in a premium car, a benefit from a sport setup for the suspension's Mubea springs (20 percent firmer than the GTI springs), which lower the car an inch. In Europe you have the option of Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), electronic control of the Sachs dampers for Comfort, Normal or Sport modes. Our sources in North America say, "Chances are that our cars will come loaded, so DCC would be standard in the price." (It's Christmas every day of the year, isn't it?)

Our lipstick-red test car had the standard 18-inch wheels instead of the optional 19-inchers, but it did have the optional, broad-shouldered VW Motorsports seats that, simply put, must be available for this car in the United States or we shall storm the gates of VW HQ in Herndon, Virginia. As with the Scirocco R, these Talladega wheels slay us bad, almost as cool as the optional 18-inch Khartoum black units for the GTI.

The six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment for this car, but if we were expecting to drive the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R daily, we'd get the optional dual-clutch automated DSG manual. Then again, if we were slamming around a bit regularly and given to saying things to passengers like "Watch this!" then we'd go with the manual. Projections have two-thirds of Golf R buyers taking the DSG. Also, about 70 percent will choose the four-door version of this car over the two-door.

Accelerating to 60 mph with the DSG gearbox and launch control and 225/40R18 82V Continental ContiWinterContact tires under the fenders took about a second less than an R32.

Is It Coming? Really? Really?
No one in Wolfsburg or Herndon will go on the record as confirming or denying, but the definite majority told us that we would not be far off if we say that yes, the Volkswagen Golf R is coming to the U.S. Volkswagen of America is just a little nervous about bringing it in too hot on the heels of the new 200-hp 2010 Volkswagen GTI that just arrived.

But it will come, however reluctantly VW's business people on both sides of the ocean might be about it. The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R will be a limited edition of between 1,500 and 3,000 cars, with prices starting at $32,500 or so for a manual-equipped two-door. We might even get four-doors for a slight premium. As one executive told us after a couple schnapps toss-backs, "I mean, hell, we build a lot of these. If the U.S. would want more Rs, then we would just make some more."

Love that attitude.

Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.

Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf Overview

The Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 2.5L PZEV 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM), 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M), 2.5L PZEV 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L PZEV 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.0L TDI 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience (2.5L 5cyl 5M), 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM), 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback w/Tech Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM), 2.0L TDI 4dr Hatchback w/Tech Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), 2.0L TDI 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM), 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.0L TDI 2dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.5L 5cyl 5M), 2.5L 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M), 2.0L TDI 2dr Hatchback w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM), 2.5L 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience (2.5L 5cyl 5M), 2.0L TDI 2dr Hatchback w/Tech Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M), 2.5L 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.5L 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.5L 5cyl 5M), 2.5L 4dr Hatchback w/Convenience, Sunroof (2.5L 5cyl 6A), 2.0L TDI 2dr Hatchback w/Tech Package (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM), and 2.5L 2dr Hatchback w/Convenience (2.5L 5cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf?

Save up to $300 on one of 18 Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $7,995 as of08/18/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from2.5 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf 2.0L TDI is priced between $10,989 and$14,244 with odometer readings between 37555 and85196 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Volkswagen Golf 2.5L PZEV is priced between $7,995 and$8,995 with odometer readings between 72804 and84695 miles.

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