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
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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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