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Golf on a shoestring

New Volkswagen hatch has fewer frills and less power, but is more affordable

Published on Jun 1, 2014 1:14 PM
 
The Volkswagen Golf 1.2TSI may have fewer bells and whistles, but safety, cabin space and performance are excellent for the price you pay. -- ST PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER TAN

In a sophisticated market such as Singapore, few people go for dumbed-down products.

But because the car industry here is so special (it is managed by no fewer than four government ministries), the opposite sometimes applies.

Take, for instance, the car on this page, the Volkswagen Golf 1.2TSI.

The 105bhp hatch is not here because of its superior fuel economy. It consumes 5 litres of petrol for every 100km - exactly the same amount as the 122bhp Golf 1.4TSI under the optimistic European test cycle (combined).

 
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Specs

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 1.2TSI

Price: Around $120,000 with COE (estimated)

Engine: 1,197cc 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged

Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual select

Power: 105bhp at 4,500rpm

Torque: 175Nm at 1,400-4,000rpm

0-100kmh: 10.2 seconds

Top speed: 192kmh

Fuel consumption: 5 litres/100km

Agent: Volkswagen Centre Singapore