In a time when fuel economy reigns supreme with buyers, most blindly flock towards the hybrid offerings from manufacturers thinking that they’re getting the most fuel efficient cars available. While they are among some of the most fuel efficient, the trade off is driving something that resembles a suppository. Buyers for such things as the Prius, Insight or Volt are generally more interested in the “look at me” factor of those cars. For the rest of us, the answer lies in an old technology that has evolved into one of the most (if not the most) fuel efficient powerplants on the road: the TDI.
With highway MPGs in the 60 range, the 2.0l VW TDI is the fuel efficient car for those of us that aren’t in to the image as much as we are in to subtlety. This barely used Candy White Golf for sale in Bozeman, Montana is a great blend of efficiency and four door utility.
My 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a 4-door hatchback model. diesel. Clean-diesel fans will like the 2.0L turbo-diesel ‘TDI’ 4-cylinder. This Golf TDI model comes with a 6-speed manual. TDI models achieve great gas mileage, with EPA ratings of up to 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway. Excellent variable-assist electromechanical power rack-and-pinion steering, strut-type front suspension and fully-independent rear suspension, the Golf is tuned to feel responsive, which goes well with the compact hatchback’s maneuverability and parking ease. Four-wheel disc brakes provide strong stopping power, and electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are included. The Golf also rides quieter and with more refinement than other on-a-budget hatches. The 2012 Golf’s interior exceeds expectations for those seeking basic transportation, as it adds a little more pizzazz than other hatchbacks in its price range. The instrument panel and door trims are nicely detailed, and there are plenty of soft-touch surfaces. Front seats are adjustable for height and lumbar, and power recline feature. Rear seats are just spacious enough for most adults, and seat backs are split 60/40 and fold forward to expand cargo space up to 46 cubic feet; otherwise with them up, there’s 15.2 cubic feet–about enough for a standard load of groceries.
Includes power windows and locks, cruise control, air conditioning, a trip computer, a rear wiper and washer, steel wheels and an 8-speaker system with an auxiliary input. The Convenience Package adds heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and a front armrest, sunroof, premium sound, SIRIUS satellite radio and iPod interface, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated washer nozzles, and foot well lighting and navigation system. I’ve driven this car in the snow here in Montana and it handles superbly. The roof rack shown in the pictures in not included.
North American perception of diesels is still generations behind the rest of the world. In the US, many still have visions of the noisy, smokey and smelly Mercedes-Benz cars from the 70′s and 80′s. Since then diesel has come a long way and VW is leading the way. TDI technology is nothing new in the automotive world, with stateside offerings going back to the 90′s, but in recent years, VW has really pushed the TDI brand and diesels are finally getting the respect they deserve.
This TDI Golf offers everything that its competition doesn’t, a manual gearbox, normal styling and most importantly, power. With a Buy it Now price $1,500 below market value, the seller is certainly in the realm of reality with this car.