• 2013 Volkswagen Golf

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  • 2013 Volkswagen Golf

    #7 in 2013 Compact Cars

  • 2009 Kia Spectra

    #25 in 2009 Compact Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $18,095
    • $13,550
    • Avg. Paid
    • $7,372
    • $4,323

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 8.3 /10
    • 7.4 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 8.9 /10
    • 7.6 /10
    • Performance
    • 8.0 /10
    • 7.3 /10
    • Interior
    • 8.6 /10
    • 7.8 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 9.0 /10
    • N/A
    • Safety
    • 9.8 /10
    • 7.8 /10
    • Reliability
    • 3.0 /5
    • 2.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Efficient, lively diesel model
      • Upscale cabin materials
      • Composed handling
      • Plenty of cargo space in hatchback and sedan
      • Well-made interior
    • Cons
      • Base model’s poor fuel economy
      • Poor safety scores
      • Lackadaisical performance
      • Cramped second-row seats
      • Front seats need more cushioning

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Drivetrain
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas I5 2.5L/151
    • Gas I4 2.0L/122
    • MPG
    • 23 City / 33 Hwy
    • 23 City / 30 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 2 Door HB
    • 4dr Sdn
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 101.500
    • 102.8
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 165.400
    • 177.2
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 70.300
    • 68.3
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 58.300
    • 57.9
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Windows
    • Standard
    •  
    Exterior Features
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Optional
    • Optional
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 2968
    • 2701-2826
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Front Performance
    • Optional
    •  
    • Tires - Rear All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear Performance
    • Optional
    •  
    • Compact Spare Tire
    • Standard
    •  
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Optional
    •  
    • Steel Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Covers
    • Standard
    •  
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    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Alarm
    • Standard
    •  
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Cruise Control
    • Standard
    •  
    • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
    • Standard
    •  
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    •  
    • Standard
    • Interior Cargo Shade
    • Standard
    •  
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    • Standard
    •  
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Trip Computer
    • Standard
    •  
    • Remote Trunk Release
    •  
    • Standard
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Floor Mats
    •  
    • Optional
    • Keyless Entry
    • Standard
    •  
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    •  
    • Heated Mirrors
    • Standard
    •  
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    •  
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
    • Standard
    •  
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 93
    • 97.0
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 39.300
    • 40.0
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 41.200
    • 42.8
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 54.700
    • 55.1
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • 52.4
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 38.500
    • 38.2
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 35.500
    • 35.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 52.800
    • 53.9
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • - TBD -
    • 53.9
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.)
    • - TBD -
    •  
    • Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
    •  
    • 12.2
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    •  
    Heating & Cooling
    • Climate Control
    • Standard
    •  
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Optional
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
    •  
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    •  
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    •  
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
    •  
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    • Standard
    •  
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    •  
    • Daytime Running Lights
    • Standard
    •  
    • Child Safety Locks
    •  
    • Standard
    • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
    • Standard
    •  
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    •  
    • Emergency Trunk Release
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    •  
    • Standard
    • 5 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    •  
    • Engine Type
    • Gas I5
    • Gas I4
    • Displacement
    • 2.5L/151
    • 2.0L/122
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 170 @ 5700
    • 138 @ 6000
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 177 @ 4250
    • 136 @ 4500
    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual w/OD
    • Turning diameter
    • 35.700
    • 33.3
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 23
    • 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 33
    • 30
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 14.500
    • 14.0
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Independent
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • 4-Link
    • Independent
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    •  
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    •  
    • Dual-Link
    Transmission
    • Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 5-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard

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