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Volkswagen Golf : Used

Volkswagen Golf : Used
Jul 14, 2013
Volkswagen Golf : Used
by Justin Pritchard ,
Model: Volkswagen Golf : Used
Vehicle Type: Hatchback

The Verdict: Decent reliability, an upscale driving experience, and plenty of selection in the used market mean used Golf shoppers should have no problem confidently finding a model to suit their needs.

Price: Pricing on this generation Golf varies widely based on numerous trim grades and powertrain options. A newer, low-mileage unit can command in excess of $22,000, possibly more with the diesel engine. Older, higher-mileage units can be found from the low- to mid-teens.

Photo: Marie-Andrée Ayotte

What Owners Like About The Used Volkswagen Golf: This era of Golf is rated highly in terms of comfort, utility, ride quality, and an overall upscale and sporty driving experience. Many owners say they love the Golf’s cabin, which is attractively styled, highly functional, and nicely trimmed.

What Owners Dislike: Typical complaints include high up-front pricing, wind noise at speed, and a mediocre, standard stereo system. On models with larger wheels, expect a rougher ride, too.

History/Description: The 2010 to 2013 Volkswagen Golf delivered style and comfort with an eye for versatility, flexible operation, and plenty of selection in the marketplace. Countless variants of the popular German hatchback were available, including a sporty GTI model, a high-performance R variant, and an ultra-thrifty TDI.

Our focus here will be on the mainstream models powered by the “standard” gasoline engine or the popular TDI diesel engine. Gas models got a 2.5L 5-cylinder with 170 horsepower. The TDI engine was a 2.0L unit with 140. Look for manual, automatic or DSG gearboxes, depending on the model selected.

Golf was available in 3- or 5-door configurations, with Trendline, Comfortline, Sportline, and Highline models spanning basic to loaded, respectively.

Available feature content included Bluetooth, leather seating, a sunroof, premium audio, auto climate control, and more.

Photo: Rob Rothwell
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