Volkswagen Golf Models and Golf History

1998 yielded a few changes for the Golf, with the Jazz and Trek models being discontinued and the coveted Wolfsburg racing edition being offered. Additionally, remote entry and side-impact airbags were now offered as options. With two generations of Golf on sale for 1999, wise buyers opted for the fourth-generation model, which featured a sleeker body style and more engine options. A new 150 hp engine for the GLS, standard in-dash CD player and updates to all trim levels rounded out the changes for 2000.

 

Updated wheel designs, new cup holders and side marker lights and steering wheel controls were the only news for 2001. The 1.8T was discontinued for 2002, with a CD player being added as a standard feature in the base model and a new four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty being offered. Model years 2003-2005 featured only updates to the upper trim levels and optional packages. The two-door model was eliminated for 2006 with updates to the upper trims and a new Golf called the Rabbit on the way for later in the year.

 

Following the late-year redesign, there were no major updates for model years 2007-2010, with exception to options and upper trim level tweaks. 2011 didn’t yield anything new, nor did 2012 or 2013. A refreshed 2014 model offered a few new trim levels. Otherwise everything was the same as usual.

New and Used Golf Prices, Volkswagen Golf Model Years and History

The Golf is an all-time Volkswagen classic, and one of the best-selling cars in the entire fleet.
Consumer Reviews ( 0 )

My Rating

Braking
Fuel Economy
Interior Comfort
Acceleration
Dependability
Handling
Ride Quality
Overall Rating

My Review

 

Type review and click the Submit button
600 of 600 character remain


The iconic Golf continues its popularity drive with 2018’s edition.
Consumer Reviews ( 0 )

My Rating

Braking
Fuel Economy
Interior Comfort
Acceleration
Dependability
Handling
Ride Quality
Overall Rating

My Review

 

Type review and click the Submit button
600 of 600 character remain


The Volkswagen Golf hatchback has been a staple to the carmaker’s lineup for years and remains one of the best-selling vehicles in its class.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
Not Available
Consumer Reviews ( 3 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.7

The popular Golf hatchback returns in two and four-door versions to appeal its unwaveringly loyal fan base.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
Not Available
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 4.5
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

The Volkswagen Golf enters its last year of productionwith a big bang, offering comfort, reliability and sportiness that’s difficult to find in many other compact cars.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

A practical, versatile and affordable vehicle, the 2014 Volkswagen Golf is a compact hatchback available with standard and diesel engines.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
Not Available
Consumer Reviews ( 0 )

My Rating

Braking
Fuel Economy
Interior Comfort
Acceleration
Dependability
Handling
Ride Quality
Overall Rating

My Review

 

Type review and click the Submit button
600 of 600 character remain


The 2013 Volkswagen Golf is a compact hatchback available in three-door and five-door trim levels, capable of achieving up to 42 miles per gallon.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 5 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 6 )
Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.7
Interior Comfort
 3.5
Acceleration
 3.5
Dependability
 4.7
Handling
 4.2
Ride Quality
 3.8
Overall Rating
 4.0

The 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a compact hatchback available in three-door and five-door trim levels.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 4 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

A compact hatchback available in a diesel engine, the 2011 Volkswagen Golf is a fuel miser that doesn’t skip on fun.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 3 / 5
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

Replacing the Rabbit name to bring back the Golf name, the totally redesigned 2010 Volkswagen Golf is a five-passenger compact hatchback big on style, fun, and value.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
Not Available
Overall Performance
 4 / 5
Overall Dependability
 3 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

A compact four-door hatchback, the 2006 Volkswagen Golf offers a level of fit and finish this German manufacturer has become known for, in an affordable package.
J.D. Power Ratings
Overall Quality
 2 / 5
Overall Performance
 3 / 5
Overall Dependability
 2 / 5
Consumer Reviews ( 0 )

My Rating

Braking
Fuel Economy
Interior Comfort
Acceleration
Dependability
Handling
Ride Quality
Overall Rating

My Review

 

Type review and click the Submit button
600 of 600 character remain


A compact hatchback, the 2005 Volkswagen Golf is available with two doors or four and both body-styles can seat five passengers.
Consumer Reviews ( 0 )

My Rating

Braking
Fuel Economy
Interior Comfort
Acceleration
Dependability
Handling
Ride Quality
Overall Rating

My Review

 

Type review and click the Submit button
600 of 600 character remain


A compact five-passenger car available as a two-door or four-door hatchback, the 2004 Volkswagen Golf is available with a TDI turbodiesel engine which is rated at 42 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 3.0
Acceleration
 3.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

The 2003 Volkswagen Golf is a compact hatchback that seats up to five passengers, is available with two or four doors, and is capable of 49 mpg on the highway in TDI trim.
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

The 2002 Volkswagen Golf is a five-passenger compact hatchback that is available as a two-door or four-door and features an optional TDI engine capable of nearly 50 mpg on the highway.
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 3.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 3.0
Handling
 3.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

The 2001 Volkswagen Golf is a compact hatchback available as a two-door or four-door, and it boasts an optional turbo diesel engine rated at 42 mpg in the city and 49 mpg on the highway.
Consumer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 4.5

A stylish and fuel efficient compact hatchback, the 2000 Volkswagen Golf seats five passengers and is offered with a choice of three great engine options.
Consumer Reviews ( 1 )
Braking
 5.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 3.0
Acceleration
 3.0
Dependability
 4.0
Handling
 3.0
Ride Quality
 3.0
Overall Rating
 4.0