2013 Volkswagen Golf

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2013 Volkswagen Golf Review

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The 2013 Volkswagen Golf is a hatchback that has been in production since 1974. It elegantly combines performance, style, comfort, and value into one solid package that offers a long list of sensational features. The Golf is built with upscale standards similar to its sister, the Jetta.

Since its introduction over 30 years ago, the Golf has maintained a consistent reputation for reliability and quality. Today, its futuristic interior satisfies the desires of technological buffs, while providing for the needs of working people. Volkswagen renews its commitment to safety, offering a long list of features to protect passengers. The complete package it extends to potential buyers is gratifying and seductive. It remains a top pick for hatchbacks.

New For 2013

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf sees a couple of minor changes:

  • A manual transmission is no longer available on Golfs with a gas engine
  • A front center armrest and floor mats now come standard


The 2013 Volkswagen Golf has approximately a 165-inch length, 70-inch width, 58-inch height, 102-inch wheelbase, and 3,000-pound curb weight. It is available in both two and four-door variations. It has a modern appearance, which is both stylish and attractive. It has a classy, flowing design and an athletic stance.

The Golf’s boxy formula has long been one of its defining characteristic. From a frontal point of view, it has a sloping hood that merges into a narrow grille with the Volkswagen badge in the center. Stemming out of the grille are its two triangular-shaped headlights. From the side, its small windows and 17-inch alloy wheels are noticeable. Its body style flows elegantly. Some models have a power sunroof, heated windshield wiper nozzles, and LED running lights.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 Volkswagen Golf is roomy enough to comfortably fit five passengers. It is constructed with high-quality materials that are better than most of the competition. It easily compares with a luxury vehicle in terms of class. Passengers ride in style, benefitting from a large amount of space to move around. It has ample cargo room, measured at around 12 cubic feet, which can be bumped up to 46 cubic feet by folding up the rear seat.

The Golf offers a long list of tantalizing features to satisfy a wide range of buyers. Most notable is its touchscreen audio interface, which includes a hookup for an iPod or iPhone. An optional navigation system is easy to use and sophisticated, but falls short in terms of functionality. Also worth mentioning is its high-quality audio system, which has great sound quality and is incredibly powerful for a factory stereo.


The 2013 Volkswagen Golf features anti-lock brakes on all four wheels for better stopping ability, an Electronic Stability System (ESC) for improved handling, and a security system to deter theft. Driver and passenger front and side-impact airbags are installed for enhanced safety. Overhead airbags serve to protect passengers during a side collision or rollover. Front and rear seats have anti-whiplash head restraints that react to forces from rear collisions and protect occupants from whiplash injury. Rear seats have child seat anchors to assist in safely carrying children. The seatbelts have pretensioners that automatically tighten to help restrain passengers in the event of an accident. The IIHS awarded the Golf excellent crash test ratings in all areas of passenger protection.

Driving Experience

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf is powered by one of two engines: a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine or a 2.0-liter, diesel, four-cylinder engine. The five-cylinder engine spits out 170 horsepower (hp) and 177 lb-ft of torque, and is mated with either a five-speed manual or six-speed, automatic transmission. The turbocharged, four-cylinder engine pumps out 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Both engines propel the Golf from zero to 60 mph in about eight seconds. Fuel economy is excellent, averaging around 30/42 mpg city/highway.

The Golf has a very solid feel on the road. It is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a multilink rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs, providing a good degree of stability and comfort. Handling is adequate with no noticeable body roll, and power steering is responsive and firm. Braking is as good as it gets – firm and predictable.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Golf

  • Ford Focus
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Toyota Matrix
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
  • Mazda MAZDA3

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