Volkswagen Golf 1.2 TSI (DSG) Review
A new game of Golf

Story and Photos by Irwin Tan
17 Jun 2014

Introduction, Exterior

The success of the Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Mk 7 has soared ever since its launch last year. Clinching numerous awards such as the European “Car of the  Year” award and the “World Car of the Year 2013”, the Golf also proves immensely popular amongst drivers here.

It doesn’t help that the recategorisation of COE has pushed the Golf Sport up to the Category B class, leaving the base 1.4 alone in the lower category. But Volkswagen have just come up with an alternative - an even more attractive (for your pocket, that is) option if you would be considering this award-winning hatch.

The Volkswagen Golf 1.2 TSI.


The Golf 1.2 rides on the same body as its 1.4 siblings - you get to enjoy the sleek and sophisticated design of the 7th generation Golf.

As per the 1.4 variants, the Golf 1.2 adopts the same detailed and sophisticated styling in the front and rear bumpers, making this hatch stand out to even the non-automotive fanatic. The Golf also adopts a slimmer and sharper set of eyes compared to the rounded ones on the Mark 6, which I feel falls short of what I would call “sleek”.

The Golf 1.2 runs already-satisfactory 16” rims. While the 17” set found on the Golf and the 18" on the Golf Sport look much fiercer, the 16” looks good enough to satisfy.

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Engine Capacity 1197cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Power 105bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 174Nm @ 1400rpm
Power to Weight 85.4 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 192 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 20.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed DSG
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4255 x 1799 x 1452) mm
Wheelbase 2637 mm
Turning Circle 10.9 metres
Kerb Weight 1229 kg
Boot Capacity 380 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs