2012 Volkswagen Golf R First Drive Specs | Edmunds

2012 Volkswagen Golf - Road Test Specs

2012 Volkswagen Golf Hybrid

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 6-speed Manual)


Model year2012
ModelGolf R
Style2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
Base MSRP$32,500
As-tested MSRP$32,500


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeFront-mounted transverse inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,480cc (151 cu-in)
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)9.8
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)266 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)258 @ 2,500-5,000
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I=3.36; II=2.09; III=1.47; IV=1.09; V=1.10; VI=0.91; R=3.99; FD=4.24


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, rearMultilink, coil springs, antiroll bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)15.0
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiWinterContact
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, front225/40R18 Y
Tire size, rear225/40R18 Y
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front13.6-inch ventilated disc, single-piston sliding caliper
Brakes, rear12.2-inch ventilated disc, single-piston sliding caliper

Fuel Consumption

Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)15.9

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,188
Length (in.)165.8
Width (in.)70.0
Height (in.)57.5
Wheelbase (in.)101.5
Track, front (in.)60.4
Track, rear (in.)59.6
Turning circle (ft.)35.8
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)35.8
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)38.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.8
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)46.1


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard

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