Whether you like hatchbacks or not, it’s pretty hard to argue with a starting MSRP of just$17,995 for the 2012 Volkswagen Golf. The boldly redesigned exterior dimensions of the Golf give it a highly aerodynamic figure, generating greater fuel economy. The handle for the hatchback is conveniently also the VW logo and bi-xenon headlights coupled with LED daytime running lights ensure others can see you and you can see everything in the road ahead. Both side mirrors are equipped with turn signals on the bottom of the mirror, rather than on the actual glass. Unique to the Golf is the hot wax flooding, making it the most waterproof vehicle in its class.
Inside the cabin of the 2012 Golf, consumers will be delighted to find heated front driver and passenger seats, equipped with 3 different heat settings. The steering-wheel-mounted controls include music and cruise control settings, allowing the driver to focus on the task at hand. It also has some of the best cargo space available in its class, with an impressive 46 cubic feet. Another feature that’s unique to the Golf is the cooled glove box, allowing consumers to store drinks while having them remain cool. Dual zone climate control allows the driver and passenger to each have their own preferred climate and the pollen filter ensures that the air coming into the cabin is fresh and clean. One of the only complaints from test drivers is that the seats tend to be uncomfortable on longer rides.
With a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine with 170 ponies under the hood, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf is able to obtain remarkable fuel economy. With 31 MPG on the highway and 24 MPG in-town, consumers can feel comfortable knowing that their new Volkswagen is going to save them loads of green at the pump. The manufacturer has equipped the Golf with a 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic; this allows the driver to obtain a slightly more exciting ride than that of a normal automatic. Consumers can also opt for the TDI clean diesel engine, with 140 horsepower and greater gas mileage. Not only that, but this model is much more environmentally friendly, with less smog output. The electromagnetical steering system creates a smoother ride while generating even greater fuel efficiency. The independent suspension system allows each wheel to pivot separately from each other. All-in-all, unless you’re looking for raw power, the 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a great choice.
As far as safety is concerned, the Golf is well ahead of the competition. The impact-absorbing front end keeps passengers much safer in the unfortunate event of a collision. Anti-lock brakes help the driver to bring the Golf to a complete stop as soon as possible, and electronic stability control ensures that you’ll be able to handle nearly anything Mother Nature can throw at you. Also standard is the Intelligent Crash Response System, which automatically unlocks the doors, cuts the power to the fuel and turns on the vehicle’s hazard lights.
So, when looking for a hatchback sedan that’s going to get you the best gas mileage possible, while providing a fun and functional ride, you’ll want to give the 2012 Volkswagen Golf a serious look.