What’s more practical than a German hatchback? A German wagon, of course. But practical doesn’t need to be boring, especially when it’s a wagon not required for daily driving duties anymore.
Finland’s Mikko Puha used to drive his Mk4 Volkswagen Golf Variant to work everyday, but the arrival of a company car meant that his beloved wagon was parked up. Mikko had two choices: sell it, or keep it and create something truly wicked. I don’t think I need to tell you which route he took.
Mikko picked up the Variant in 2010 with a broken engine and in pretty bad condition all round. Since then it’s been completely overhauled, and now visually looks the part with Golf R32-style bumpers and side skirts, ABW Motorsport over-fenders (+60mm at the front and +80mm at the rear) and crisp Audi Ibis White paint. I’m sure you can tell from the images that there’s a lot more to it than that, though.
The Golf’s resurrected TDI turbo-diesel engine saw a lot in its post-commuter days, but nothing as wild as when Mikko strapped a BorgWarner VNT turbo from a John Deere harvester onto the side of it. I can tell you that the engine block didn’t like that at all, but still managed to produce 300hp moments before its death.
Undeterred, Mikko and his friends continued to play around with cheap TDI engines, once pulling 469hp on a dyno with the help of nitrous oxide. Ultimately though, a 1.8-liter 20V turbo mill from a Seat Leon FR found its way into the Variant, and Mikko didn’t look back.
The Volkswagen 06A block used in the Leon FR is a powerful, well-known performance unit with plenty of scope for serious modification. In no time, Mikko was pushing more than 800hp.
To achieve this number – and a similar max torque figure – the block features a 2.0-liter TFSI crankshaft, CP forged pistons, and Pauter X-Beam connecting rods. Up top is a larger-port AEB cylinder head with 1mm oversized Supertech valves and Cat Cams camshafts.
The real power-adder in the equation is a 66mm BorgWarner S366SX-E turbocharger mounted on a KKD Motorsport exhaust manifold. MaxxECU race-spec mapping provides the wagon dragster with 857hp and 846Nm on E85 fuel, but in true Scandinavian fashion the VW is still used as a weekend cruiser.
With the motor sorted, Mikko turned his attention to the rest of the Golf, which wasn’t holding up all that well. The 6-speed gearbox didn’t last long, and was duly replaced with a sequentially-shifted SQS 4-speed dog box running drag-spec ratios.
That doesn’t mean the wagon is only used for quarter mile duty; Mikko frequents the circuit too, which must be a lot of fun. KW coilovers and a full bushing upgrade provide predictability, as do OZ Racing Ultraleggera wheels shod in slicks. When it comes time to hit the strip, the fronts are simply swapped out for a pair of wider 15-inch Diamond Racing wheels wrapped in Hoosier Quick Time Pros.
One drawback of the drag setup is that the upgraded front brakes – 330mm units – also need to be swapped out, as they simply don’t fit with the 15s. A rear-mounted parachute is also removed/attached depending on what Mikko is up to.
Inside the car it’s all business. Factory-fitted creature comforts have given way to a stripped-out cabin that features an 8-point roll cage, metal door cars with lightweight pull straps, a pair of Sparco seats with harness belts, and additional gauges on the dash.
This beefed-up 4WD Golf competes in Blacklist, a Finnish street-legal drag racing series, where Mikko ranked 5th outright in 2019. His best performance? A 10.19-second ET and a 231km/h (143mph) trap speed.
Sadly, the stroked engine you read about above was destroyed at an event in Sweden, but a replacement VR6 unit has since been sourced and Mikko is determined to reach 1,000hp this year. Of course, all while still being able to take the Golf for a cruise on the street or let it loose at a track day.
I can’t wait to see the smile on Mikko’s face when he realizes his four-figure power goal, which will surely come with single-digit ETs on the strip.
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Volkswagen Golf Mk4
Fourth generation of the Volkswagen Golf
|Volkswagen Golf Mk4 (1J)|
|Also called||VW Bora HS (China, 2006–2008)|
VW City Golf (Canada, 2007–2010)
VW Golf Town (2009–2010)
VW Golf MK3.5 (built by Karmann) - (Cabriolet only)
|Production||October 1997–2006 (until 2010 for some markets; until 2014 for Brazil)|
|Class||Compact car (C)|
|Body style||3-door hatchback|
5-door station wagon
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform|
|Related||Volkswagen Jetta Mk4 (Bora)|
Audi A3 Mk1
Audi TT Mk1
Volkswagen New Beetle
SEAT León Mk1
SEAT Toledo Mk2
Škoda Octavia Mk1
|Transmission||01M 4-speed automatic|
09A 5-speed tiptronic automatic
02J 5-speed manual
02M 6-speed manual
6-speed DSG - R32 only
|Wheelbase||2,512 mm (98.9 in)|
R32: 2,517 mm (99.1 in)
|Length||1998–2002 GTI/Golf: 4,148 mm (163.3 in)|
2003-06 GTI/Golf: 4,188 mm (164.9 in)
R32: 4,176 mm (164.4 in)
Bora/Jetta: 4,376 mm (172.3 in)
|Width||1,735 mm (68.3 in)|
|Height||1,440 mm (56.7 in)|
R32: 1,425 mm (56.1 in)
City Golf: 1,445 mm (56.9 in)
|Predecessor||Volkswagen Golf Mk3|
|Successor||Volkswagen Golf Mk5|
The Volkswagen Golf Mk4 (or VW Type 1J) is a compact car, the fourth generation of the Volkswagen Golf and the successor to the Volkswagen Golf Mk3. Launched in October 1997 for the 1998 model year, it was the best selling car in Europe in 2001 (though it slipped to second place, behind the Peugeot 206, in 2002).
The Mk4 was a deliberate attempt to take the Volkswagen Golf series further upmarket, with a high-quality interior and higher equipment levels.
It was replaced in 2003 by the Volkswagen Golf Mk5 in European markets. However, manufacturing continued in South America, Mexico and China for developing markets until 2014.
The Mk4 was sold in Japan, but starting with this generation and subsequent generations, it no longer complied with Japanese government dimension regulations which impose an annual tax on Japanese consumers for owning a vehicle that exceeded the maximum width limit and this badly affected sales.
Design and engineering
The Golf Mk4 was a significant car in the small family car sector. As with the larger Passat, launched a year earlier, not only did it form part of Volkswagen's strategy of moving its products upmarket to plug a gap between the mainstream machines and the premium cars, with SEAT and Škoda taking over as the mainstream in a new level of interior quality and sophistication never seen before from a mainstream brand in the class. In fact, the quality of the Golf was comparable with the Audi A3, which was the first car based on this floor pan when it was launched a year earlier, but cost considerably more than most of its competitors.
This generation of the Golf brought in the Haldex 4 Wheel Drive system, which was previously only available on Audi products, the system was used with the 1.9TDI Sport Engines, i.e. PD115 (then replaced by the PD130) and the PD150 Engines, (Codes: AJM/ASZ/ARL) and with the VR6 powered models. this featured a totally revised rear axle, and rear floor pan, which was shared with the Audi TT 8N. This went on to be used in the R32 Model in 2003 - 2004.
This version of the Golf was the first, and last version to do away with the GTD nameplate - there were Petrol and Diesel versions of the GTI, which featured slightly lowered suspension, the 1.8T or the 1.9 TDI (PD 150) and premium interior features like climatronic, full leather, and wood trims, however it was not as sporty as the preceding generations of the GTI. - As part of VW's move upmarket, the firm down played the sportiness of the hatchback in favour of comfort. The Mk4 GTI is looked down upon because of this and VW restored the GTI's reputation as a sporting hatch with the 25th Anniversary edition, and the Mk5 Golf that followed it.
It was also one of the very first Golf to come with Xenon headlamps (optional) and Rain Sensing Wipers at the end of it's manufacturing in Europe, and along with this a full 12 year Anti-Corrosion Warranty, which was rarely seen at this time.
The Mk4 Golf was praised for its quality improvements, but was criticised for its handling characteristics, and was compared with the Mk1 Ford Focus of the time, which had an independent rear suspension in the 2WD models, unlike the Mk4 which had a simple solid rear axle setup in the 2WD models, the handling was categorised as boat like.
The Mk4 Platform remained to be widely used in the VW Group much after its demise in 2004 (2006 for the Bora, and Variant Models) - The Polo 6R shares many suspension and electrical components, and so does the VW UP! / Škoda Citigo / Seat Mii
The VW Golf Mk4's impact on VW's engineering and design going forward can still be seen today. - it redefined the marque from a budget family brand, to a more mid-range, upmarket brand, with products to match that reputation.
The Mk4 is supported by a massive aftermarket industry, and is one of VW's most important cars to date.
As with the Mk2 Golf, Volkswagen did not make a convertible version of the Mk4 Golf. Instead, they face-lifted the front bumper, fenders, hood, and headlights of the Mk3 Golf Cabrio to resemble the styling of the Mk4 Golf (colloquially referred to as the Mk3.5). Changes to the rear included a redesigned hatch, which moved the number plate tub to a restyled rear bumper, in addition to a handle and larger VW emblem more closely resembling the rear of a Mk4 Golf. VW incorporated other non-structural parts from the Mk4 as well, such as fender repeaters, grille, side mirror caps, etc. The interior remained largely similar to the Mk3 interior save for a Mk4 style 3-spoke leather steering wheel and airbag, a textured dashboard (also known as "dimpled dash" or "shark skin dash"), heavily bolstered front seats with incorporated side airbags, and a chromed finish on several parts, such as the inner door handles, emergency brake button, door strikers, front seat-belt anchors, key lock cylinders, and shifter button in automatic transmission equipped cars. The instrument panel was updated with a relocated hazard light switch and blue and red backlighting, as found in the Mk4. Technical updates include the immobilizer and engine computer from the Mk4 Golf being retrofit to the older Mk3 engine mechanicals.
Although the redesigned Golf Cabriolet looks like a Mk4 Golf, it is based on the Mk3 chassis and this causes a bit of confusion on how it should be designated. VW enthusiasts in Eastern Europe call it a Mk4 Golf Cabriolet while VW enthusiasts in the United Kingdom and United States call it a Mk3.5 Cabrio.
The Volkswagen Golf Mk4 Variant was introduced in 1999. It was discontinued in 2006, and succeeded in 2007 by the Volkswagen Golf Mk5 Variant. Unlike the Mk3, it was offered in North America with the "Jetta" name and front sheet metal were used. The "Jetta Wagon" was used in North America instead of the "Bora" name.
Volkswagen Bora/Jetta Mk4
Main article: Volkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen produced a saloon version of the Mk4 Golf, launched around a year later. As with previous incarnations of the Golf, it had its own identity, and this time was called the Volkswagen Bora although the name Jetta remained in North America and South Africa. Unlike its predecessors, the Bora/Jetta featured unique rear doors, front wings and bonnet. The front doors were the only body panels it shared with the Golf. The interior, though, was almost identical to the Golf, featuring very minor styling changes like its predecessor.
Germany, South Africa, Slovakia, Brazil, Belgium, and China all made the Golf 4. Eastern European locations making the Golf 4 included Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Vogošća (near Sarajevo), which also made Mk1 and Mk2 models. However, although the Bosnian Mk4 was popular it was only available in the local market.
The Golf/Jetta Mk4 engine choices included 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, 2.3 litre VR5, 2.8 litre V6 and 3.2 litre R32 petrol engines, 1.9-litre naturally aspirated diesel SDI engine, and a 1.9-litre turbodiesel, with power ranging from 90 to 150 PS (66 to 110 kW). The R32 engine was not added to the range until much later, while the 2.3 V5 was a new addition to the Golf range. The rest of the engine line-up differed little from that of the MK3 Golf.
Volkswagen made a choice of three and five-door hatchback or a five-door station wagon available. The European Golf wagon, launched in the spring of 1999, was nearly identical to the North American Jetta Wagon. The only difference was the use of the Golf front headlights, bumpers, grille, hood, and fenders as these parts are interchangeable between the Mk4 Golf and Bora/Jetta.
The Golf 4 was introduced to North America in mid-1999. Available engines for the Golf at its introduction to the American market were a 2.0 L gasoline engine, and a thrifty (48mpg) 1.9 L TDI engine. The latter soon developed a reputation for good low-speed torque and fuel economy, and can operate on alternative biofuels. In 2004 the updated 1.9L TDI PD or "Pumpe-Düse" engine was installed in the Golf and Jetta. The "Pumpe-Düse" or Pump Nozzle was a Robert Bosch extreme high pressure fuel injection system for direct cylinder injection. A 1.8 L turbocharged gas engine was introduced in 2000, along with the 12-valve 2.8 L VR6. At the same time, the 1.6 L 8-valve unit was replaced with the 16-valve unit from the Polo GTI, but detuned to 77 kW (105 PS). The 2.0 L gasoline engine was the base engine in the sportier GTI only as a 1999.5 model. For 2000, Volkswagen opted for the relatively new 1.8 L turbocharged gasoline engine as a base engine for the GTI. The top-of-the-line GLX model was equipped with Volkswagen's torquey 2.8 L VR6, which put out an impressive 174 hp (130 kW). The VR6 engine, with its narrow 15-degree Vee design, was unique to Volkswagen. This engine is shorter and lighter (featuring a single cylinder head) than other V6 engines which benefits the handling characteristics of this front-wheel drive car. For the 2002.5 model year Volkswagen introduced a 24-valve version of its VR6 engine to the North American market under engine code BDF. This engine had the same torque characteristics of the older 12-valve version which had been carried over from the Mk3 Golf under engine codes AAA and AFP. The 24-valve version gained an extra 26 hp (19 kW) over the 12-valve to reach 204BHP. In Europe, the VR6-engined V6 4Motion variant was produced from 1999 with 204BHP and a 24-valve engine from the outset, using engine codes AUE and AQP. In 2002, the European market began using the BDF-code engine at the same time as the North American market. This had the same 204BHP power output but now featured variable valve timing on the exhaust valves which allowed the engine to rev more freely in the higher ranges and now had "coil-on-plug" ignition coils. The 1.8T and VR6 models continued until 2005, when the Mk4 platform came to an end in North America. Both the Mk4 Golf and the Mk4 Jetta are still in production in Brazil, Mexico, and China as of 2008.
The Brazilian Golf TDI PD was sold in Canada due to its popularity as a full 2006 models in base, GL and GLS trim levels for the full model year as there were no diesel engine versions for the North American 2007 Mk5 Golf (Rabbit).
In Europe, trim levels were country-specific however the base trim levels were: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline and GTI, any others like the Ocean, Pacific and Edition Trim levels were modifications on the preceding 4 trim levels.
The United Kingdom sold the Mk4 with the following trim levels: E, S, SE, GT TDI, GTI TDI, GTI and V5/V6/V6 4MOTION versions. The V5 was available in 150 bhp/110 kW (1997-2000) and 170 bhp/125 kW (1999-2003) versions.
- 2004 SEMA: Gran Turismo Award
- 2000 CAP Used Car of the Year Awards - Best Small Hatch
- 2000 Diesel Car 2000 Awards - Best Hatchback
- 1999 Used Car Buyer Greatest Used Buy Awards - Best Small Family Car
- 1998 What Car? Car of the Year Awards - Best Small Hatch
- 1998 Top Gear Magazine Top Cars - Best Family Car
GTI 25th Anniversary Edition (25 Jubi - European Market)
The GTI 25th Anniversary Edition was a special version of the Golf GTI, for the European Market to commemorate the first GTI, launched in 1976. This model had three paint colour options: Tornado Red, Reflex Silver & Diamond Black.
The GTI 25th anniversary edition was equipped with many extra features not included in the standard GTI. They included: 18x7.5" BBS RC Wheels with special ball peen finish, perforated leather shift boot and handbrake, red and black seat belts, Red and Black upholstered Recaro seats (Early GTI Models had Recaro Seats as an option, but this was discontinued in 2000), factory body kit (front valance, side skirts, hatch spoiler, and rear valance), 02M 6-speed manual transmission, larger front brakes (312mm) and Rear Brakes (256mm) with Red calipers, lowered sport tuned suspension, and brushed aluminium interior trim.
These models were never equipped with a sunroof as to take the car back to its roots, the Mk1 GTI, and improve handling and performance. However, one instance of the 337 edition is known to have been special ordered with a sunroof.
This version of the GTI was also only available in a 3 door configuration and was also available with the PD150 TDI Engine, running the shortest ratio EFF 02M 6 speed manual gearbox. (Standard GTI TDI Models had the PD150 Engine with the ERF 02M Gearbox, the mid-way point for ratio length)
The UK versions of the Anniversary edition were numbered with individual plaques placed on the fusebox cover.
GTI 337 / 25th Anniversary Edition (US Market)
Following the initial commemorative anniversary edition MK3 GTI produced in Europe in 1996 celebrating the introduction of the GTI model in 1976, and the overwhelming popularity of the 25th anniversary edition GTI produced 2001 (released as the GTI 337 in North America in 2002), Volkswagen of America produced 4,200 "20th Anniversary Edition" GTIs for 2003; 4,000 were shipped to the United States and 200 to Canada. This marked the 20th anniversary of the GTI's 1983 introduction to the U.S. and Canadian market, some seven years after the GTI was introduced to the European market. Several special features distinguish this new GTI from the other versions, most of which were shared with the 337 of 2002.
On the outside, the 20th Anniversary edition came with throwback red-lettered GTI logos on the left front and right rear. The rear was also accompanied by a vintage-look chrome rabbit. Blackened headlights added a distinctive look, while Votex front, rear, and side skirts along with a hatch spoiler and special edition 18" OZ Aristo alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports complete the exterior transformation. These models were produced in only three colours: Imola Yellow, Jazz Blue and Black Magic Pearl. Distribution of production was 50% Black magic pearl, 25% Jazz Blue and 25% Imola Yellow.
Inside, a few accents were noticeable. The only option was ESP, Volkswagen's stability control feature. All 20ths had a sunroof, black headliner, golf ball shift knob, black leather steering wheel with silver stitching, black leather shifter boot with silver stitching, perforated leather covered hand brake handle, and sporty black cloth Recaro bucket seats with silver stitching accents and red GTI emblems embroidered in the middle of the back rests. Aluminum trim came standard, complete with a numbered nameplate above the radio identifying the exact production number (US production only) of the vehicle. Volkswagen's premium 8-speaker Monsoon stereo system was also standard.
Mechanically, the 20th Anniversary Edition GTI is nearly identical to the GTI 337 Edition. A 6-speed manual 02M transmission marked the most notable departure from the norm, and upgraded suspension stiffened up the ride and lowered the car approximately 30 mm. Upgraded disc brakes front (12.3" vented rotors) and rear (10.3" vented rotors) helped bring things to a stop, while red powder-coated calipers added a bit of flair to the package.
Starting in 2002 with engine code AWP, all of the models of the GTI's 1.8T increased in factory boost pressure and horsepower from 150 bhp (110 kW) to 180 bhp (130 kW)and had a quick 0-60 of 6.4 seconds. The 20th Anniversary GTI was not available with the VR6 engine.
In 2002, Volkswagen produced the Golf R32 in Europe as a 2003 model year. It was the world's first production car with a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) — available for the German market. Due to unexpected popularity, Volkswagen decided to sell the car in the United States and Australia as the 2004 model year Volkswagen R32. Billed as the pinnacle of the Golf IV platform, the R32 included every performance, safety, and luxury feature Volkswagen had to offer, including the all new 3,189 cc (3.2 L; 194.6 cu in) DOHC4 valves per cylinderVR6 engine (ID codes: BFH/BML), which produced a rated motive power output of 241 PS (238 bhp; 177 kW) at 6,250 rpm and 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 2,800 rpm of torque. Further additions included Haldex Traction-based 4motion on-demand four-wheel drive system, a new six-speed manual transmission, independent rear suspension, Climatronic automatic climate control, sport seats from König with R32 badging, 18" OZ Aristo alloy wheels (Ronal produced the wheels towards the end of production), Electronic Stability Programme, larger 334 mm (13.1 in) disc brakes with gloss blue painted calipers, sunroof (for the US), Xenon Headlamps (for Europe), and model-specific bodywork additions.
For Australia, two hundred "Edition 200" cars were produced, each uniquely plaqued and available in three colours: Black Magic Pearl, Deep Blue Pearl and Reflex Silver.
For the US, Tornado Red was an available fourth colour. The distribution of US-spec R32 colours were:
- Deep Blue Pearl: 40%
- Reflex Silver: 35%
- Black Magic Pearl: 15%
- Tornado Red: 10%
Although the R32 looked similar to the 20th Anniversary GTI, it shared most major components with the 3.2-litre Audi TT, including the engine, four-wheel drive system, and both front and rear suspension geometries. For the US, five thousand cars were produced and intended to be sold over a two-year period. The allotment sold out in 13 months.
The R32 is capable of 0-100 kilometres per hour (62.1 mph) in 6.6 seconds, reduced to 6.4 seconds with the dual clutch gearbox. Clearing the quarter mile in 14.1 seconds at 99.2 mph (159.6 km/h), the R32 edges out its third fastest sibling, the top-of-the-line Phaeton 6.0-litre W12 (414 bhp), by a tenth of a second at the 1,320-foot (402 m) (i.e. 1/4 mile) mark.
It has a high resale and used-car value; the Kelley Blue Book used car retail price (the price an individual might expect to pay for one from a dealer) for a model in excellent condition with low mileage exceeds the original retail price of the car in many cases, making it one of a few recent cars that have actually approached an increase in value. This premium can be explained mostly due to scarcity, both of the cars themselves due to low production and importation, and especially ones that still have low mileage.
VW Golf front quarter
VW Golf rear quarter
VW Bora HS front quarter
VW Bora HS rear quarter
In China, the Golf Mk4 commenced production in 2003 by FAW Volkswagen where it was sold alongside a new version of the Golf IV with FAW-VW's facelifted Bora front. It was shown at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition in 2006 and was named as the Bora HS to complement the Bora Mk IV range and shared similar styling cues. Both the Mk4 Golf and Bora HS ended production in 2008, where they were both succeeded by the Volkswagen Golf Mk6 for the 2009 model year. The Golf came standard with the 1.6 litre engine and 1.8 litre engine for the 2005 model year. The engines were paired to a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic gearbox as standard. Its Bora counterpart came standard with the same 1.6 litre engine and transmission options as the Golf. In comparison to pricing and trim levels, the 2004 Golf was priced from 116,000 to 139,000 yuan ($17,680 to $21,190 US - March 2021 exchange rate) and 2 trim levels available known as Fashion and Charming. For the Bora HS, pricing ranged from 112,500 to 129,800 yuan ($17,150 to 19,780 USD - March 2021 exchange rate) also with 2 trim levels known as Fashion and Luxury.
The Golf Mk4 continued to be produced in Brazil until 2013. In Argentina the range was available with a 1.6 L or 2.0 L petrol four-cylinder, a 1.8 L turbocharged petrol four-cylinder, or with a 1.9 L 130 bhp (97 kW) turbodiesel. In Chile, it was also sold until 2010, with a 1.6 to 2.0 L petrol range. All of these are Brazilian built models, although the diesels are only for export markets.
In Brazil, the Mk4 Golf has a 1.6 L engine (with Volkswagen's Total Flex system which accepts both gasoline and ethanol), or a 2.0l engine (the 1.8 turbo engine was discontinued in 2009). It is available in two trim levels: the basic Sportline model with the 1.6 engine, and the 2.0 version with a Tiptronic 6-speed transmission.
Volkswagen City Golf (2008-2010, Canada) front end
Volkswagen City Golf (2008-2010, Canada) rear end
In 2007, Volkswagen Brazil introduced a major restyling of the fourth generation Golf. The front takes styling cues from the current Volkswagen Polo and the back of the car is inspired by the Golf 5. It is exported in most Latin America countries, since it is produced in Brazil. It was also sold in Canada, where it was sold alongside the Mk5 model (badged as the Rabbit). The lack of diesel models for the 2007 model year led Volkswagen Canada to continue sales of an entry-level car that was designed as an alternative to the TDI models for budget-minded shoppers. The Canadian model was originally rebadged as the City Golf, but in 2009 it was renamed the Golf City alongside the Jetta City. It was not sold in the United States. Pricing of the Golf City started at C$15,300 as of 2008. As an entry-level alternative to the Rabbit, it offered only one engine: the 2.0L SOHC 8 valve with 115 hp (86 kW). It was not related to the South African Volkswagen Citi Golf, despite the similarity in name. The Mk4 Jetta was similarly reintroduced in Canada for the 2007 model year as the City Jetta. This was the first entry-level car from a previous-generation car since the 1992 Eagle Vista, which was a rebadged 1980s Mitsubishi Mirage. Although the Golf City was dated, its attractive price enabled good sales. The Golf City was discontinued after the 2010 model year.
Golf and Jetta Variant
|1.4||1998–2004||I4 16V||AHW/AXP/BCA/AKQ/APE/AUA||1390 cc||55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) at 5,500 rpm||128 N⋅m (94 lb⋅ft) at 3,300 rpm|
|1.6||1998–2000||I4 8V||AEH/AKL/APF||1595 cc||74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp) at 5,600 rpm||145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm|
|1.6||2000–2006||I4 8V||AVU/BFQ||1595 cc||75 kW (102 PS; 101 hp) at 5,600 rpm||148 N⋅m (109 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm|
|1.6||2000–2006||I4 16V||AUS/AZD/ATN/BCB||1598 cc||77 kW (105 PS; 103 hp) at 5,700 rpm||148 N⋅m (109 lb⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm|
|1.6 FSI||2002–2005||I4 16V||BAD||1598 cc||86 kW (117 PS; 115 hp) at 5,800 rpm||155 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm|
|1.8||1998–2006||I4 20V||AGN/BAF||1781 cc||92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp) at 5,900 rpm||170 N⋅m (125 lbf⋅ft) at 3,500 rpm|
|1.8 T||1998-2001||I4 20V||AGU/ARZ/ARX/AUM/BAE||1781 cc||110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp) at 5,500 rpm||210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) at 2,200–4,200 rpm|
|1.8 T||2001-2006||I4 20V||AUQ/AWP/AWW/AUG||1781 cc||132 kW (179 PS; 177 hp) at 5,500 rpm||235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) at 1,950–4,700 rpm|
|2.0||1999–2001||I4 8V||AEG/APK/AQY||1984 cc||85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 5,200 rpm||170 N⋅m (125 lbf⋅ft) at 2,400 rpm|
|2.0||2001–2006||I4 8V||AZJ/AZH||1984 cc||85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 5,400 rpm||172 N⋅m (127 lb⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm|
|2.3 VR5||1998–2000||VR5 10V||AGZ||2324 cc||110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp) at 6,000 rpm||205 N⋅m (151 lb⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm|
|2.3 VR5||2000–2003||VR5 20V||AQN||2324 cc||125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) at 6,200 rpm||220 N⋅m (162 lbf⋅ft) at 3,300 rpm|
|2.8 VR6||1999–2002||VR6 12V||AAA/AFP||2792 cc||128 kW (174 PS; 172 hp) at 5,800 rpm||235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) at 4,200 rpm|
|2.8 VR6||1999–2002.5||VR6 24V||AQP/AUE||2792 cc||150 kW (204 PS; 201 hp) at 6,000 rpm||270 N⋅m (199 lbf⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm|
|2.8 VR6||2002.5–2005||VR6 24V||BDF||2792 cc||150 kW (204 PS; 201 hp) at 6,000 rpm||270 N⋅m (199 lbf⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm|
|3.2 R32||2001–2004||VR6 24V||BJS/BML||3189 cc||177 kW (241 PS; 237 hp) at 6,250 rpm||320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft) at 2,800 rpm|
|1.9 SDI||1998–2006||I4 8V||AGP/AQM||1896 cc||50 kW (68 PS; 67 hp) at 4,200 rpm||133 N⋅m (98 lb⋅ft) at 2,200–2,600 rpm|
|1.9 TDI||1998–2006||I4 8V||AGR/ALH||1896 cc||66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) at 4,000 rpm||210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm|
|1.9 TDI||2000–2006||I4 8V||ATD/AXR (Pumpe-Düse)||1896 cc||74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp) at 4,000 rpm||240 N⋅m (177 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800–2,400 rpm|
|1.9 TDI||1998–2002||I4 8V||AHF/ASV||1896 cc||81 kW (110 PS; 109 hp) at 4,150 rpm||235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm|
|1.9 TDI||1998–2000||I4 8V||AJM (Pumpe-Düse)||1896 cc||85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 4,000 rpm||285 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm|
|1.9 TDI||1999–2001||I4 8V||AUY (Pumpe-Düse)||1896 cc||85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 4,000 rpm||310 N⋅m (229 lbf⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm|
|1.9 TDI||2001–2006||I4 8V||ASZ (Pumpe-Düse)||1896 cc||96 kW (131 PS; 129 hp) at 4,000 rpm||310 N⋅m (229 lbf⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm|
|1.9 TDI||2000–2003||I4 8V||ARL (Pumpe-Düse)||1896 cc||110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm||320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm|
Golf Cabriolet (Mk3 platform)
|Model||Years||Engine and code||Displ.||Power||Torque|
|1.6||1998–2000||I4 8V||AFT/AKS||1595 cc||74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp) at 5,800 rpm||140 N⋅m (103 lbf⋅ft) at 3,500 rpm|
|1.8||1998–2000||I4 8V||AAM/ANN||1781 cc||55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) at 5,000 rpm||140 N⋅m (103 lbf⋅ft) at 2,500 rpm|
|1.8||1998–2000||I4 8V||ADZ/ANP||1781 cc||66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) at 5,500 rpm||145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft) at 2,500 rpm|
|2.0||1998–2000||I4 8V||AGG||1984 cc||85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 5,400 rpm||166 N⋅m (122 lb⋅ft) at 2,600 rpm|
|2.0||2000–2002||I4 8V||AWG/AWF||1984 cc||85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 5,400 rpm||165 N⋅m (122 lb⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm|
|2.0||1999–2002||I4 8V||ABA||1984 cc||85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 5,400 rpm||165 N⋅m (122 lb⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm|
|1.9 TDI||1998–2002||I4 8V||ALE||1896 cc||66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) at 3,750 rpm||210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) at 1,900 rpm|
Pope Benedict XVI
In 1999, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, prefect of the Catholic Church's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II, purchased a fourth-generation Golf in which to drive around Rome, selling it in 2005 after John Paul's death in anticipation of retiring and returning to Germany.
Instead, he became Pope Benedict XVI. Shortly after John Paul's death, his 1999 Golf sold to a German owner for $13,000.
The Golf, undriven since the sale, was subsequently sold for £14,300 via eBay.
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