2013 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: EPA Has Neutered this Car

2013 Volkswagen Golf - Consumer Review

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2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful
EPA Has Neutered this Car
By bigal11 on


2013 Volkswagen Golf 2.5L PZEV 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


Wonderful build quality, ride, and handling. Uses 25% more fuel than my '01. About the same MPG's as my kids' '08 Civic and '12 Elantra GT, which use 15% cheaper fuel. DSG is much nicer than anticipated for a guy who usually only buys manuals, but I don't relish the thought of the very expensive tranny fluid change at 40K miles, notably just outside the free factory service interval.

This car is pricey, no doubt. You pay for the structural rigidity and interior finish quality. Fr a long term car it is worth it.

Do not trust stated invoice. I paid fifteen hundred under, or twenty five thousand flat after two other dealers dropped out of the bidding. The invoice is well padded from factory.

Best Features

This wonderful, torquey motor. Visibility. Quiet, solid, feeling of quality that no competitor approaches. The best car I have had for snow. Very stable cutting the slush and crud on the highway.

Worst Features

Audio controls are on the wrong side of the steering wheel. Back hatch should open with the button, not just unlock. Unlock the whole car with one push of the button, not just driver door then the rest of the doors. Menu is a bit difficult and not intuitive. I hate the DPF. This system robs efficiency til the advantage of diesel is completely lost, and at great cost premium. I just liked the car enough to get it anyways. Some alterations and modifications are in my future.
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