2013 Volkswagen Golf 4dr HB DSG TDINew Search Select Other Trims
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- Fuel Economy:
30 MPG city / 42 MPG hwy
Turbocharged Diesel I4, 2.0L/120
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
2013 Volkswagen Golf 4dr HB DSG TDI User Reviews
Fun little carBy Cesar (I am an Owner), Dec. 21, 2013If you're looking for a fun, economical car, get the Golf TDI. It's a nicely built hatchback, great ride and handling and decent performance. Fuel economy is super and the brakes are solid. The MSRP m... more
2013 Volkswagen Golf OverviewThe 2013 Volkswagen Golf is offered in 2- or 4-door hatchback models, both with a choice between two engines, one gasoline, the other diesel. The gasoline choice, which is lower-priced, is a 170-horsepower, 2.5L 5-cylinder, while clean-diesel fans will like the 2.0L turbo-diesel 'TDI' 4-cylinder. Two-door gasoline models come with a 5-speed manual. A 6-speed automatic is optional, but is standard equipment on the 4-door models. Meanwhile, Golf TDI models come with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. Both automatics include Tiptronic manual mode, while the DSG shifts much quicker than a typical automatic. TDI models achieve much better gas mileage, with EPA ratings of up to 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway.
With its excellent variable-assist electromechanical power rack-and-pinion steering, strut-type front suspension and fully-independent rear suspension, the Golf is tuned to feel responsive, which goes well with this compact hatchback's maneuverability and parking ease. Four-wheel disc brakes provide strong stopping power, and electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are included across the model line. The Golf also rides quieter and with more refinement than other on-a-budget hatches.
The 2013 Golf's interior exceeds expectations for those seeking basic transportation, as it adds a little more pizzazz than other hatchbacks in its price range. The instrument panel and door trims are nicely detailed, and there are plenty of soft-touch surfaces. Front seats are adjustable for height and lumbar and 4-door models get a power recline feature. Rear seats are just spacious enough for most adults and seatbacks are split 60/40 and fold forward to expand cargo space up to 46 cubic feet; otherwise with them up, there's 15.2 cubic feet--about enough for a standard load of groceries.
With a simplified model lineup this year, the base Golf now includes power windows and locks, cruise control, air conditioning, a trip computer, a rear wiper and washer, steel wheels and an 8-speaker system with an auxiliary input. A Convenience Package adds heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and a front armrest, while a top level adds a sunroof, premium sound, SIRIUS satellite radio and iPod interface.
Golf TDI models come standard with more-- including 17-inch alloy wheels, heated washer nozzles, and footwell lighting--while a sunroof and navigation system come with a middle trim. Loaded TDI models include a Tech Package with bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, a Dynaudio sound system and push-button start.
2013 Volkswagen Golf Model Changes
The Golf is essentially unchanged for 2013, save for a few minor revisions to the car's interior. There is now a center armrest on all models and all models get front and rear carpeted floor mats. Prices start at just over $18,000 for a 2.5L model.
2013 Volkswagen Golf Value
While the Volkswagen Golf costs a bit more than many rival models, it also feels more sophisticated and refined in general. Especially in TDI form, where it gets the gas mileage of a hybrid with an eager, responsive driving feel that they can't match. The Golf TDI's gas mileage of up to 42 mpg also enables a driving range of 600 miles or more.
In addition, the Golf remains a high-value choice for those who live in tight urban areas and need a car that maneuvers well and parks easily but also comes with more equipment--and a more upscale feel, overall--than many other efficiency-minded small cars.
2013 Volkswagen Golf Strengths
Impressive fuel economy in the TDI; quick, responsive driving feel; hatchback versatility and space-efficiency; easy to maneuver; upscale interior look and feel
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