2013 Volkswagen Golf

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Volkswagen Golf. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    27-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    170-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Volkswagen Golf

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

2013 Volkswagen Golf Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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. Wit...

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

Latest 2013 Golf Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Excellent car for my 16 year old daughter.

by TommyD6336 from Saginaw, TX on July 30, 2018

Very satisfied with my purchase. My daughter loves it and I am more than happy with every aspect of the vehicle. Fits all of our needs. Read full review

(5.0)

I love this car!!

by cay133 from Calgary, Alberta on July 20, 2018

I love this vehicle! This is only the second vehicle I?ve owned. I?ve had it for around 3 weeks now and I am very pleased wth my purchase! It?s stylish, comfortable, and reliable all in one! The ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Volkswagen
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Golf received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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