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After the almighty Golf R, it seems that the iconic hatchback is, too, capable of taking on a more humble identity - in the form of a 1.2 TSI.

02 Jul 2014

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With the trend of engine downsizing at full steam, it is little surprise that we get to see more cars bearing smaller units - much less from the Germans, who have been at the forefront of this bearing by actively employing smaller capacity force-induced engines in their cars. 

We first laid our hands on this Golf 1.2 on a long drive up North, but that did not fully satisfy our curiousity about how a puny 1.2-litre unit would do justice to the multi award-winning Golf. Hence, we took it out for a local city drive to find out how well it will fare in our urbanised environment. 

Unsurprisingly, the Golf 1.2 comes with less accessories than its 1.4 stablemates, such as LED daytime running lights and fog lamps

Up close and Personal

Being the cheapest Golf on sale now, the 1.2 does without a host of visual treats, such as the contemporary LED daytime running lamps on the Golf Sport.

As a result, the Golf looks more plain than before - almost like seeing the girl next door at prom night in jeans and a T-shirt. 

It gets five-spoke running shoes which look simpler and less sophisticated than other Golfs' too, although they are essentially the same size as those on the 1.4 TSI.

Once you enter the cabin, you'll start to ponder "where have all the buttons gone to?". Only a handful of switches fill the centre console now, because the base Golf comes without Volkswagen's driving mode selector and Park Assist.

The steering wheel is also totally void of any controls. That said, its classy, three-spoke design with a slightly flat bottom retains its aesthetical appeal and feels good to the touch. Another good thing is that the touchscreen MMI system lays intact.

Compared to the exterior, the simplicity of the 1.2's cabin is much easier to live with
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Car Information



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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line TSI Turbocharged

Engine Cap





77kW (103 bhp) / 5500 rpm



175 Nm / 4000 rpm



7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


20 km/L

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