I've had my 2012 Golf TDI 4 door for three months now and I'm satisfied. This was the priciest vehicle of the several I looked at so I have been super critical of the car so far and I have to say it w...
I've had my 2012 Golf TDI 4 door for three months now and I'm satisfied. This was the priciest vehicle of the several I looked at so I have been super critical of the car so far and I have to say it was worth the splurge. I love seeing it parked outside my house and I'm always making up errands so I have an excuse to drive it.
-Great fuel economy, seems to average about 43mpg with mostly highway and freeway commuting. Errands in the city I get in the low thirties.
-Fun to drive with lots of power and smooth shifting (I have the manual)
-Very solid build - it's truly the most satisfying door close sound of any car I've driven
- The vehicle has small details I appreciate, like the way the fog lamps come on when you take a sharp turn at night, and the rear wiper will do one quick swipe if you put the vehicle in reverse while the front wipers are on. The dome lights power up and down at just the right time. It's so great not to have to fumble on the ceiling for light. The wiper and cruise controls are well designed
-Nice controls on the steering wheel for the computers and stereo, and the stereo and nav system buttons are large which I appreciate.
-Seat heaters rock. I wish the rest of the climate control system was as easy to operate.
-Stereo sounds great, bluetooth works like a charm and it is easy to switch between the different media inputs
-The super high sided sticky bucket seats make it slightly difficult to enter and exit that car.
-I have had exclusively manual transmissions since I started driving 26 years ago. but this was the most difficult clutch I've ever had to master. The first week I stalled out about every day. Once you figure it out it is fantastic, though!
-Another beef that is maybe just me: I have not yet figured out a seat and steering wheel setting that is comfortable/my feet can reach the pedals/I can reach the wheel without having steering column hit my knee if I lift my right foot. This makes me wonder if I should have gone for the Tiguan.
-Amazingly, there is not a way to display kph on this car. The analog speedometer (which is beautiful, btw) does not have any kph tickmarks. I figured I could just go onto the settings and switch the units on the digital display. I was able to see my fuel economy in kpg but the speed readout was still in miles. Why? Isn't this car made in Germany? So I guess I'll just have to do math when I'm in Canada.
-The navigation system is pretty lame. For the last 3 years I've been using google maps navigation on my phone and going from that to this one in the Golf was like going from color tv back to black and white . It has not given any wrong directions but you can barely interact with the maps and the turn by turn directions don't give street names, or give you enough warning for your freeway exit for example. I wish I could use that nice big touchscreen for something more useful.
-In a high end car it's shocking that there is no USB port! The honda fit and the ford focus I looked at both came with one. I have to use a converter in the "cigarette lighter" to charge my phone. I would have liked to see a USB in the console where that soon to be obsolete ipod dock resides.
-The climate control knobs could be designed better. From the drivers seat it is difficult to see the tiny icons for defrost, feet, etc., especially the one whose view is blocked by the knob. Eventually I will memorize it but it's still annoying.
-There must be a hundred lightbulbs in this thing - I worry about keeping up on that in the future. And what about all the doodads controlled by computers? I hope these systems last for the long haul!
-Cup holders are slightly poorly placed, and there is only one deep enough to hold my coffee without the cup tipping over.