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The Evolution Of The Volkswagen Golf

The Evolution Of The Volkswagen Golf

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The Volkswagen Golf is a familiar sight on UK roads since 1974! Witness the evolution with us.

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.


MKI Golf
(1974-1982)

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

CAR FACT

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


MMKII Golf
(1983-1992)

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

CAR FACT

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


 

 

MKIII Golf
(1991-1996)

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

CAR FACT

Airbags were first introduced to the MkIII Golf in 1992.


MKIV Golf
(1997-2004)

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

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.


MKV Golf
(2005-2008)

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

CAR FACT

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


MKVI Golf
(2009-2011)

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

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.ralded as one of the safest cars in its class, the MkVI Golf was awarded 2009 Euro


MKVII Golf
(2012-2021)

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

CAR FACT

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


Golf GTE
(2017)

Engine:

1.4 Petrol TSI Plug-In-Hybrid

Transmission:

6-speed auto DSG

Weight:

1615 Kg

Power:

204/150 PS/Kw (Max Combined)

0-60 mph:

7.6 sec

Top Speed:

138 mph

Length:

4270mm

Width:

1799mm

Height:

1457mm

CAR FACT

The Golf GTE can cover up to 31 miles in all-electric driving mode, charging in as little as 2h 15m.


Golf VIII

(2021-Present)

Engine:

2.0 TDI 

Transmission:

7-speed DSG

Weight:

1615 Kg

Power:

115PS (Max Combined)

0-60 mph:

10.4 sec

Top Speed:

126MPH

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?

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