We say Happy Birthday to the iconic hatchback and take a look at the models IV – VII
If you missed part 1, check it out here.
Volkswagen Golf MK IV
The fourth generation saw a complete renovation in the iconic VW Golf design, which came from head designer, Hartmut Warkuß, of the Volkswagen Group.
The totally new look that came to the market in 1998 continued the safety improvements that were started on the previous generation model and now included Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
In the same year, Golf 4MOTION was unveiled combined with their AWD variant and the following year ESC became standard on all models.
In 2002 came the first direct-injection engine (FSI) and the introduction of window airbags as standard. In that year, Volkswagen also revealed their R32 engine, which came with a top speed of 155mph; this top of the range model was also the first to debut the dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) in 2003.
Volkswagen Golf MK V
This 2003 model really upped the game; performance, comfort, safety and security were all much improved and now well established.
The model came with a total of six airbags as standard – front, side-front and window. The Golf MK V was commended for its innovative four-link rear suspension, bi-xenon headlights, seven-speed DSG and panoramic sunroof (where chosen).
2006 saw the world’s first twincharger with the TSI, which combined both a supercharger and turbo. The same year also premiered the Golf Plus and in 2007 the CrossGolf joined the party.
Volkswagen Golf MK VI
By the end of July 2012, Volkswagen had produced a further 2.85 million Golfs in just four years. Since it was launched in 2008, the sixth generation safety spec had improved and the Golf had scored the highest 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating.
This generation included the second Golf BlueMotion which could also return 74.3 mpg (combined), and boasted CO2 emissions just 99 g/km.
Volkswagen Golf MK VII
The seventh generation of the Golf landed on 4th September 2012.
This new model was lighter by 100kg, which helped it gain a 23 per cent increase in fuel economy from its predecessor; the New Golf TDI BlueMotion could do 88.3 mpg on combined cycle.
2014 saw the release of the e-Golf electric vehicle; this EV has a maximum range of roughly 190 km and available to buy now. This year, the new Golf plug-in hybrid GTE is set to be launched in autumn.
The Golf is Volkswagen’s most popular model and by summer last year, 30 million models had been produced.
We aren’t surprised and have really enjoyed writing about the generations and seeing how the iconic model has transformed and improved over the years (it’s even one of @MotorMistress favourite all time cars!).