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2013 Volkswagen Golf - Review


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The 2013 Volkswagen Golf is the latest model in a run of distinctive German compact hatchbacks that has lasted more than 35 years. From the very first Rabbit introduced in the mid-1970s through several generations of Golf (and a transitory, mistaken return to the Rabbit name from 2006 through 2009), the Golf has always stood for sensible, solid, well-handling hatchbacks. The bulk of Golfs sold these days are the five-door model, though VW also offers a rare three-door hatchback that finds few buyers outside the sporty GTI and high-performance Golf R variants.

The Golf competes with compact hatchbacks like the Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza, and the Mazda Mazda3, plus the newer Hyundai Elantra GT and the Kia Forte. And the segment that's growing again, as the industry mantra that "buyers don't want hatchbacks" slowly fades. The Golf's Jetta four-door sedan sibling is still more popular, but the Golf has its place and VW is one of the few makers that's sold hatchbacks continuously in this...

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