2013 Volkswagen Golf
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Great driving and commuting car

by from Dayton, OH on November 9, 2012

Bought a 2013 Golf TDI wit technology package and DSG primarily to use as a commuter. Easily exceeds EPA milage predictions with highway mpg usually over 50 and local/city mpg in low 40's. Much more c...
Bought a 2013 Golf TDI wit technology package and DSG primarily to use as a commuter. Easily exceeds EPA milage predictions with highway mpg usually over 50 and local/city mpg in low 40's. Much more comfortable on longer trips than I initially expected and very quiet. Much more fun to drive than any hybrid that I had tried including the new C-Max from Ford. Interior is upscale compared to competition. Wish a back up camera and auto on headlights were available
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Awesome Car!

by from Jacksonville, FL on May 24, 2013

Three years ago, I needed a new car to haul my kids around. They were 9 and 12. I tried a VW Golf TDI, which I loved, but ultimately ended up buying a Mazda 5 microvan--in fact, my review of it is sti...
Three years ago, I needed a new car to haul my kids around. They were 9 and 12. I tried a VW Golf TDI, which I loved, but ultimately ended up buying a Mazda 5 microvan--in fact, my review of it is still on this website. The Mazda was very useful, but did nothing to excite me. Last week, I finally got the TDI I should have gotten three years ago. My now much bigger children fit in the back seat with room to spare, plus we carpool with two other teenagers. Hard to believe, but this is a fine family car. Americans are so used to needing large vehicles, but so many needs can be met with smaller cars. I got the red automatic, and it is so, so, so fun to drive--especially after driving the Mazda 5 for three years. I am so glad I made the switch. I hope to have my new car for many years.
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Love my new VW Golf TDI

by from Denver, CO on September 24, 2012

Excellent new vehicle. Great Power and performance with outstanding fuel economy. Many nice features available.
Excellent new vehicle. Great Power and performance with outstanding fuel economy. Many nice features available.
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Love my new car!

by from Pittsburgh pa on October 16, 2013

I bought the basic model and I absolutely love it! It is very affordable. The engine is very powerful. Great control and visibility. I actually feel safer and live to drive now! The salesmen showed me...
I bought the basic model and I absolutely love it! It is very affordable. The engine is very powerful. Great control and visibility. I actually feel safer and live to drive now! The salesmen showed me how strong it was, he leaned up on the door, tried to dent it, I was impressed. Too bad after the sale he snubbed me and didn't have it washed or cleaned. But otherwise the car was worth it!
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The Peoples' Car is a Masterpiece

by from Raleigh, NC on March 16, 2015

VW has fabulous design and engineering talent, and the Golf TDI demonstrates that talent in every detail. The Golf has all the virtues that make German cars feel so good to drive, without the maddenin...
VW has fabulous design and engineering talent, and the Golf TDI demonstrates that talent in every detail. The Golf has all the virtues that make German cars feel so good to drive, without the maddening complexity and astronomical price of the German luxury marques. The Golf TDI does it all. It's compact and roomy, comfy, quiet, powerful, economical, sporting, and, to my eyes, quite good-looking, with an honest, simple style all its own. The roomy interior is nicely and simply detailed, with controls that are easy to master and proper seating that holds the driver in place so he can maintain control over the car. One thing I particularly appreciate is the solidity and rigidity of the body structure. The car feels all of a piece. What differentiates the Golf from everything else near its price and size is that it's a real driver's car, with the kind of handling, brakes, steering and suspension that will deliver on Germany's autobahns at 100+ miles/hour. The fine and balanced combination of power with economy (especially with the turbocharged diesel motor), finish and materials quality, and outstanding behaviour on the road makes the Golf a must if you're a driver who enjoys and practices the art of driving. No other land builds cars as well as Germany does, and VWs stand out because they make those great German qualities available to people of moderate means—and the people have never had it so good!
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A Great Little Car

by from Los Angeles, CA on May 4, 2013

This car came with the Tech Package, which gives you the Nav, sunroof, xenon lights, and keyless entry and start. At bit bewildering that the full power seats and leather trim are not even an option o...
This car came with the Tech Package, which gives you the Nav, sunroof, xenon lights, and keyless entry and start. At bit bewildering that the full power seats and leather trim are not even an option on the TDI. The DSG takes a while to get used to as it is basically a dry clutchplate (two at that) manual transmission that doesn't have a clutch pedal but is fully automatic in shifting. I have never felt a more traditional automatic transmission downshift the way this one does while you are going down a hill with your foot off the throttle pedal, not a bad thing, just different. There are TWO ways to manually select the gears, through two switches on the steering wheel or by placing the floor mounted gear selector lever to a manual shift detent. I really have to wonder how much people all really going to use these features, but they are there for you. Throttle tip in is a little bit on the slow side, but again not a bad thing, you just have to get used to it. Nav screen is on the small side but there is a repeater display between the speedometer and tach that uses symbols and arrows to display turns so in combination to the Nav screen it works great. Air Conditioning is completely manual and auto climate control is not offered. You may want to wait and look at the 2014 Golf if you are in the market as I understand it is a redesign from the 2013. However, if you can get a good deal on a 2013 I would say go for it.
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Everything was OK until......

by from Worcester, MA on May 17, 2016

This car was pretty good until earlier this year when my floorboards were soaked from water coming from my sunroof drains - I didn't even know sunroofs had drains until I owned this car. And I've had ...
This car was pretty good until earlier this year when my floorboards were soaked from water coming from my sunroof drains - I didn't even know sunroofs had drains until I owned this car. And I've had 3 other cars with sunroofs. This essentially RUINED my car. Even after VW said they fixed it - I still was finding mystery water in my trunk (with my spare tire). Car smelled like a swamp. Had to replace the whole carpet and it still had a smell. Covered it in febreeze and traded it in - no thanks to VW for their help with fixing or solving the issue either. My dealer was terrible and had zero interest in helping me save this car.
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vw golf for seniors

by from Kingman, Az on December 12, 2013

good car with only 1 fault, Should have bought a 4 door, doors are too wide for easy parking without hitting other cars, Otherwise every thing is fine. Good ride,good economy and is fun to drive.
good car with only 1 fault, Should have bought a 4 door, doors are too wide for easy parking without hitting other cars, Otherwise every thing is fine. Good ride,good economy and is fun to drive.
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Love my Golf

by from on April 21, 2014

I traded in a nice but bulky SUV and have never regretted it. I have the two-door standard version and although I would have preferred the four-doors, it has worked out fine giving my 8-year-old plent...
I traded in a nice but bulky SUV and have never regretted it. I have the two-door standard version and although I would have preferred the four-doors, it has worked out fine giving my 8-year-old plenty of room in the back seat. It is sturdy, fun to drive, and has a lot of personality. I plan on keeping this car for a very long time - it is a part of our family!
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A great ride and a great car!

by from Naples, Florida on June 16, 2014

This is the Golf TDI , two door hatchback, six speed manual, and of coarse a diesel. Me, a semi-retired car enthusiast who owned many technically interesting cars. I have this car as my daily runabout...
This is the Golf TDI , two door hatchback, six speed manual, and of coarse a diesel. Me, a semi-retired car enthusiast who owned many technically interesting cars. I have this car as my daily runabout driver for over a year now and use it primarily in town with a weekly 40 mile interstate drive at speeds around 75-80. I'm getting an overall mileage of 38 mpg and on the interstate 45. Driving this car makes me feel young again, more fun than even the Saab 900, Audi A4, and BMW 530i (all manual trans.); not as comfortable for an aging butt, though. With the rear seat back rest down you can carry an amazing amount of cargo. The car is very stable at speed and has great acceleration in town since peak torque comes real early 1750-3000 rpm (diesel for you!). The only thing I had to add is a seat cushion for the driver seat to help with getting in and out of the car. It's a real shame they don't import the two door diesel to the US anymore.
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