2012 Volkswagen Golf | new car review

Posted on Jul 15, 2012 by

Introduced in 1974, the has grown a bit since then and is now on its sixth generation model. A seventh generation model is due for launch early next year.

The engine choice for the Golf may confuse some, so pay attention. The entry-level engine is a 1.6-litre unit that develops 102bhp and is attached to a seven-speed version of Volkswagen’s dual clutch DSG gearbox, which makes for quicker and smoother shifts than a conventional automatic.

The more powerful engine in the standard Golf is the smaller capacity 1.4-litre engine. Although it’s not as big, it makes 150bhp through both a turbocharger and a supercharger and is linked to the same gearbox.

At the top of the Golf tree sits the performance model, the Golf R that is followed by the Golf GTI. The Golf R is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with an output of 255bhp mated to a six-speed version of the DSG gearbox. The Golf R also gets a front-biased all-wheel-drive system. As well as the more powerful engine, both the Golf R and the Golf GTI also gets exterior special alloy wheels. The interior sees either leather seats or a tartan trim that has adorned all GTIs since the 1970s. Under the skin, the suspension has been tuned for improved handling performance.

Available features include ParkAssist, which will parallel park for you – all you have to do is operate the accelerator and brake, and the car does the steering. Adaptive Chassis Control lets drivers choose between Normal, Sport and Comfort settings for the suspension and steering. Sat nav, leather seats and advanced air conditioning are all available.

Safety features include ABS, traction control, brake assist, electronic stability control and seven airbags.


Golf: AED 75,000 – AED 90,000
Golf GTI: AED 110,000 – AED 130,000
Golf R: AED 160,000 – AED 175,000

1.6-litre inline-4
Max power:
Max torque: 148Nm

1.4-litre TSI inline-4
Max power:
Max torque: 240Nm

2-litre inline-4 turbocharged
Max power:
210bhp (GTI)
Max power: 255bhp (R)
Max torque: 280Nm (GTI)
Max torque: 330Nm (R)

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