Volkswagen Golf 1.2 TSI Review
A beginner's guide to Golfing

Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
26 Jun 2010

Volkswagen introduces an even more affordable Golf in the form of the new 1.2 TSI variant. We give it a full thorough road test.

New dimension

Singapore's road tax structure means that cars with small engines are usually preferred by the masses over those with bigger motors - the tax is after all calculated by the displacement of the car's engine. It is of no surprise then when Volkswagen introduced the sixth generation Golf with 1.4-litre engines, the hatchback models flew out of the showroom forecourt like no other previous Golfs did. The Golf together with its 1.4-litre powered siblings, the Jetta and Touran were key to taking Volkswagen into the top ten of the best selling brands in Singapore last year.

Despite its unprecedented successes last year with downsized engines, Volkswagen has taken the downsizing trend even further recently with the debut of a 1.2-litre Golf variant. The new Golf 1.2 TSI sits under the Golf Sport and the Golf 1.4 TSI in the expanded Golf line-up.

On the outside, you can immediately recognize the 1.2 TSI from its more powerful siblings via the 16-inch ‘Mugello' five-spoke ally wheels and TSI badge on the boot lid. The latter has its three letters all finished in chrome while the 1.4 TSI features a badge with a red ‘I' and the Sport has its ‘S' and ‘I' in red. Other than the abovementioned, the lack of front fog lamps and a single exhaust tip instead of two, the 1.2 TSI looks like its 1.4-litre siblings on the outside.


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Engine Capacity 1197cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 105bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 175Nm @ 1550rpm
Power to Weight 85.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 190 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 17.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(4199 x 1786 x 1479) mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm
Turning Circle 10.9 metres
Kerb Weight 1233 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L