2013 Volkswagen Golf

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2013 Volkswagen Golf
2013 Volkswagen Golf

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Diesel efficiency, performance
  • Nimble handling
  • Interior roominess
  • Premium cabin materials
  • Comfy front seats

The bad:

  • TDI's firm ride
  • Automatic transmission's upshift urgency (TDI)
  • Telescoping steering wheel could extend farther
  • Over-left-shoulder visibility in two-door

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Diesel (TDI) gets 42 mpg highway
  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • Gas or diesel engine
  • Manual or automatic

2013 Volkswagen Golf review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Volkswagen updated its compact hatchback a few years ago, giving it smoother exterior styling, cabin revisions and a diesel engine. It’s related to the performance-oriented GTI, which was also redesigned then. The five-seat Golf competes with the Mazda3 hatchback, Toyota Matrix and Mini Cooper.
New for 2013
Volkswagen has dropped the manual transmission on four-door Golfs with the gas engine. Other changes are minor, including a newly standard front center armrest and floor mats.
Exterior
Abandoning Volkswagen’s once-ubiquitous plunging grille, the Golf’s bumper separates the grille and air dam. Around back, the taillights have darkened lenses and white reflectors at their base. Other exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Standard body-colored mirrors and door handles
  • Optional 17-inch alloy wheels

Interior
Whether you get a two- or four-door model, the Golf seats five people. Both front seats have standard height adjusters. Interior features include:

  • Standard power locks and side mirrors
  • Standard one-touch power windows
  • Standard air conditioning and cruise control
  • Standard CD stereo with auxiliary jack
  • TDI models have a touch-screen stereo and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Optional Dynaudio stereo
  • Optional moonroof and heated seats

Under the Hood
The front-wheel-drive Golf 2.5L is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine. TDI models get a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel. With manual transmissions, VW says the five-cylinder and diesel Golfs can hit 60 mph in 7.8 and 8.6 seconds, respectively. The TDI, like most diesels, gets roughly 30 percent better overall fuel economy than the gas-powered model. Mechanical features include:

  • 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic (2.5L)
  • TDI gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel with 140 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic (TDI)
  • Sport-tuned suspension (TDI)

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard traction control and electronic stability system
  • Standard front-seat side-impact and side curtain airbags

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

I LOVE THIS CAR

Diesel Volkswagen. Need I say more? Comfort, reliability, BEST FUEL MILEAGE, and they don’t hesitate to continue making manual vehicle. 10/10 recommend. I can’t see myself driving anything else.

4.9

Fun car to drive

My boy wanted this car, and I enjoyed it too! Snappy little car, and decent room even for a tall fellow. 48 miles per gallon is nice too!

5.0

I'd still own this car.

This Golf replaced a 2009 Rabbit that was totaled in an accident. The 2013 Golf was the same car with a different name, and different amenities. It's safe, economical and easy to drive. It never went into the shop for anything other than regular maintenance. I'd still own this car, but it was tragically murdered by a wayward driver not paying attention.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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