Evolution Of The VW Golf

Volkswagen Golf lovers are everywhere! If you don’t drive a Golf, you’ll probably know someone who does, regularly declaring that they wouldn’t dream of driving anything else. With over 33 million sales worldwide to date*, this best-selling VW regularly appears near the top of the charts when it comes to the UK’s most popular car.

Throughout the course of its 43-year history, the VW Golf has progressed from a small family car, built to replace the Beetle, to an iconic motoring favourite. Grab your golf clubs and take a stroll down the front 9 with Swansway Group to discover the evolution of the VW Golf.

Hole 1

MKI Golf
(1974-1982)

MKI Golf

Engine: 1.1 to 18.8 cc
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Weight: 750-970kg
Power: 49-112 bhp
0-60 mph: 8.2-16.5 secs
Top Speed: 87-114 mph
Length: 3705 mm
Width: 1610 mm
Height: 1410 mm

GOLFING FACT

The longest recorded putt was 42.74 m at St. Andrews’ 18th hole by Bob Cook during the 1976 International Fourball Pro Am Tournament.

CAR FACT

The VW Golf was introduced in USA and Canada as the VW Rabbit
Hole 2

MMKII Golf
(1983-1992)

MKII Golf

Engine: 1.3 to 1.8 cc
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Weight: 845-940kg
Power: 55-125 bhp
0-60 mph: 8.6-18.7 secs
Top Speed: 94-119 mph
Length: 3985 mm
Width: 1665 mm
Height: 1415 mm

GOLFING FACT

The first golf course in China was officially opened in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province on 25th August 1984.

CAR FACT

The MkII Golf saw the introduction of advancements such as such as the catalytic converter, ABS and four-wheel drive.
Hole 3

MKIII Golf
(1991-1996)

MKI Golf

Engine: 1.4-2.9 cc
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Weight: 1030-1410 kg
Power: 55-190 bhp
0-60 mph: 7.5-16.2 secs
Top Speed: 102-140 mph
Length: 4020 mm
Width: 1690 mm
Height: 1425 mm

GOLFING FACT

Throughout his successful golfing career of 52 professional wins, Welshman Ian Woosnam only won one PGA tournament – the 1991 US Masters.

CAR FACT

Airbags were first introduced to the MkIII Golf in 1992.
Hole 4

MKIV Golf
(1997-2004)

MKIV Golf

Engine: 1.4-3.2 cc
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Weight: 1085-1475 kg
Power: 75-240 bhp
0-60 mph: 6.6-13 secs
Top Speed: 106-155 mph
Length: 4149 mm
Width: 1735 mm
Height: 1439 mm

GOLFING FACT

Alice Miller set a new record for the fastest round in an official LPGA competition in 1997 with an 18-hole time of 01:26:44 at the Welch’s/Circle K Championship.

CAR FACT

After he became pontiff, a 1999 MkIV Golf, once belonging to Pope Benedict XVI, was sold by a private seller for €189,000.
Hole 5

MKV Golf
(2005-2008)

MKI Golf

Engine: 1.4-3.2 cc
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Weight: 1201-1617 kg
Power: 90-240 bhp
0-60 mph: 6.6-12.9 secs
Top Speed: 108-155 mph
Length: 4204 mm
Width: 1759 mm
Height: 1485 mm

GOLFING FACT

President George W Bush claims he stopped playing golf in 2003 out of solidarity with the troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

CAR FACT

In 2004, VW introduced the Golf Plus, a mini MPV, 95mm taller than the standard Mk V.
Hole 6

MKVI Golf
(2009-2011)

MKIV Golf

Engine: 1.2-2.0 cc
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Weight: 1154-1339 kg
Power: 80-270 bhp
0-60 mph: 5.5-13.9 secs
Top Speed: 106-155 mph
Length: 4213 mm
Width: 1779 mm
Height: 1469 mm

GOLFING FACT

Rory McIlroy gained his first professional win in February 2009 at the Dubai Desert Classic aged 19 years and 273 days, ranking him 16th in the world at the time.

CAR FACT

Heralded as one of the safest cars in its class, the MkVI Golf was awarded 2009 Euro NCAP Safest Car of the Year.
Hole 7

MKVII Golf
(2012-PRESENT)

MKI Golf

Engine: 1.0-2.0 cc
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Weight: 1136-1520 kg
Power: 84-296 bhp
0-60 mph: 4.9-13.6 secs
Top Speed: 111-155 mph
Length: 4255 mm
Width: 1799 mm
Height: 1452 mm

GOLFING FACT

The fastest golf drive was 349.38 km/h (217.1 mph) by Ryan Winther at the Orange County National Driving Range in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 23 January 2013.

CAR FACT

The MkVII Golf is broader and longer than the previous version, yet magically weighs up to 100kg less!
Hole 8

e-Golf
(2014)

MKIV Golf

Engine: Electric
Transmission: Single speed
Weight: 1585 kg
Power: 113 bhp
0-60 mph: 10.4 secs
Top Speed: 84 mph
Length: 4255 mm
Width: 1790 mm
Height: 1452 mm

GOLFING FACT

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, has an exclusively male membership until they finally voted to admit women in Sptember 2014!

CAR FACT

Described by Top Gear reviewers as ‘fast full-stop’ and ‘rather lovely’, the e-Golf drives as well as any other VW Golf.
Hole 9

The Future VW Golf

With more than four decades under its belt, the VW Golf has enough stamina to go on and on and on… What will the VW Golf of the future look like?

MKI Golf

Get in touch with Swansway Group using hashtag #GolfEvolution to tell us about your perfect Golf. What you would like to see in a new model?

Are you excited to see what the future holds for the VW Golf? Make sure you score yourself a hole-in-one by keeping up to date with the latest developments in the range at your local Swansway Volkswagen dealership.