Road Test

Road Test: 2013 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 4Motion

July 15, 2013

Volkswagen Golf 2013_09It’s good to know that there are some things in life that you can always rely on. One of them is Volkswagen Golf. Making its first appearance in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf is now in its seventh generation. Although the Golf has new design, some typical Golf elements like the C-pillars and the roofline have remained. The front and rear section have a modern look thanks to the new headlights and rear lights, but still the Golf is easy to recognise.

In addition to the front-wheel drive, the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf is also available with the 4Motion four-wheel drive system. In Europe, the four-wheel drive can be ordered with two engine variants, the 1.6 TDI or the 2.0 TDI. We took the more powerful 2.0 TDI to a test drive. Powered by a common rail four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with the displacement of 1968cc, this 2.0 TDI delivers 110 kW / 150 hp and 320 Newton metres of torque. The best torque is delivered between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm, and keeping the revs in this range provides quite nice performance. Volkswagen Golf with the 2.0 TDI engine isn’t very sporty, but is quite enjoyable as a daily driver. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 8,6 seconds and the top speed is 211 km/h.

The engine is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox which works great with the diesel engine. As the engine provides nice amount of torque, you don’t always have to downshift when the revs drop a little. At steady driving speeds, it is enough if you keep the engine revs a little bit over 1,000rpm. The four-wheel drive system in the new Volkswagen Golf 4Motion uses an enhanced, fifth-generation Haldex coupling. In normal driving conditions, the car is basically driven by its front wheels. When more traction is needed the intelligently controlled four-wheel drive system delivers power also to the rear wheels.

The 4Motion model is equipped with the electronic differential locks and XDS. The electronic differential lock is useful when accelerating on a road surface with differing levels of grip. If one wheel starts to spin, the electronic differential lock will brake the wheel to direct power to the wheel with better grip. The XDS system responds to the unloading of the inside wheel of the corner. XDS applies pressure from the ESP hydraulics to the inside wheel to prevent it from spinning. This improves traction and reduces the car’s tendency to understeer.

To achieve smaller fuel consumption and better driving dynamics, the Golf has gone through a major weight reduction. Depensing on the engine choice, the seventh generation Golf is as much as 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. Golf models are also equipped with start/stop system and battery regeneration to improve fuel economy. The average fuel consumption of the Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 4Motion is just 4,7 l/100km and the CO2 emissions 122 g/km. On our test drive the average fuel consumption was over six litres, but at steady speed on the highway it easily drops close to four.

The Volkswagen Golf might not be most exciting or exotic car choice, but everything it does, it does perfectly. It is reliable, comfortable and easy to live with. No tricks or surprises. And therefore, it suits almost for anyone as a perfect daily driver.



  • Diesel
  • 4-cylinder
  • 1968cc
  • Turbo


  • 110 kW (150 hp) / 3500-4000rpm


  • 320 Nm / 1750-3000rpm


  • 6-speed manual
  • AWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 8.6 seconds

Top speed

  • 211 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 4.7 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 122 g/km

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