Volkswagen Golf R

2012 Volkswagen Golf R

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  • (5.0) 13 reviews
  • MSRP: $16,176$27,104
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 23
  • Engine: 256-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2012 Volkswagen Golf R

Our Take on the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen introduced this high-performance version of its compact hatchback for 2012. The Golf R gets a 256-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, and the five-seat Golf R competes with the Subaru Impreza WRX STI... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Underwhelming power
  • AWD doesn't add to driving experience on dry roads
  • Significantly more expensive than GTI

Notable Features

  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • 256-hp turbo engine
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed manual transmission

2012 Volkswagen Golf R Reviews Expert Reviews

I recently wrote a Kicking Tires article about finding the perfect second car. One of the second-car candidates could certainly be the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R, but what I wondered at the outset of my test drive was: Could this actually be a good first car, as well? The 2012 Volkswagen Golf R has four doors, five seats and a six-speed manual transmission married to a turbocharged four-cylinder ... Read full review for the 2012 Volkswagen Golf R

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Superb car

by Camvw from Cambridge ma on February 1, 2014

You'll read a lot about how the performance of the golf doesn't match the Mitsubishi and Subaru (which I have owned). They might be right,on the track, but what is this car really designed for ? Fast,... Read Full Review

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2012 Volkswagen Golf R Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2012 Volkswagen Golf R.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.


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