The Volkswagen Golf was first produced in 1974 and was originally intended as a replacement for the Volkswagen Beetle. The Golf is a small family car that is now in its seventh generation. The Volkswagen Golf has been, over the years, Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle, which makes it a great option for buying a used model and there are many variations available for sale. The Used Volkswagen Golf has won multiple awards including Car of The Year by Motor Trend, and European Car of The Year award, for two years.
Throughout the years, the Volkswagen Golf has remained a popular and well-received car that has performed well on the automotive market under several different names, like the Volkswagen Rabbit, and the Volkswagen Caribe. During initial production, most of the Golf models were made in the 3-door hatchback style. A wide variety of model styles, such as the 5-door hatchback, the station wagon (the Variant), a notchback sedan, alternatively known as the Volkswagen Jetta or Vento, and the convertible (Cabriolet and Cabrio), has made the Volkswagen Golf a popular model in many different areas of the automobile market.
In 1974, Volkswagen introduced the first Golf model. This Golf was a front-wheel drive and was brought to market as a replacement for the popular Volkswagen Beetle. In 1976, Volkswagen introduced their Hot Hatch model, which packed a punch with its diesel engine. Next came the Jetta, the Cabriolet, and the Volkswagen pickup, the Caddy. In 1983, Volkswagen Golf came into its second generation with a slightly larger wheelbase and overall exterior and interior, as well as more rounded design shape. In 1984, the Volkswagen Jetta came to market and in 1985 Volkswagen introduced the first four-wheel drive Golf model.
In 1991, the third generation Golf came to market and was slightly larger all around than its second generation. A brand new Cabriolet was introduced in 1993 and in 1992, the new notchback Vento also referred to as a Jetta, was revealed. The Jetta, or Vento, was named European Car of The Year in its debut year.
New versions of the Jetta, the Cabriolet, and the MK4 were released in 1997, and the MK4 got an exterior redesign with new bumpers, headlights, and grille that made it more closely resemble the style of the Mark IV model Golfs. During this fourth generation, Volkswagen also introduced a few sporty and high-performance models to the Golf line-up. There was a V6 engine four-wheel drive Golf, the R32 model, as well as the 1.8T four-cylinder engine combinations used in several existing high-performing Golf models.
In 2003, the start of the fifth generation, the Golf MK5 was introduced. During this time, Volkswagen also brought back the “Rabbit” name to its model series that was released in 2006. Over the different generations of production, both “Rabbit” and “Golf” were used for this model. However, many will find the Golf to be the more common nameplate used while shopping for a used VW Golf. Under either name, this Golf model remained one of the top sellers for Volkswagen. Over the next few years, a few changes were made to the VW Golf.
In 2006, the Golf MK6 was released, and its new design boasted a sleeker, more aerodynamic styling that was intended to improve fuel-efficiency. The Golf MK6 model also had a diesel engine that was now available to American drivers. In 2012, the Golf MK6 was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety top safety pick. In 2014, the Golf plus was introduced and featured a higher roofline, offering drivers and passengers a roomier ride in this popular compact car.
The Golf, now in its seventh generation of production, came to the market in 2012. The Golf VII is slightly larger, yet slightly lighter than the previous generation. The 2018 Golf offers customers one of the best warranties available, with a six year, 72,000 mile bumper to bumper transferable limited warranty. Currently, available models include the sedans, Jetta and Passat, Three SUV’s, the Tiguan Limited, Tiguan, and Atlas, and two wagons, the Sport Wagon, and the Alltrack. Also available are five popular compact models, the Beetle, Golf, Golf GTI, e-Golf, and Golf R. The Beetle also rounds out the current Golf model roundup by being the only currently available convertible model. With such a wide range of models, trims, and optional configurations, the Volkswagen Golf offers driver’s shopping for a used VW Golf a very large selection to choose from in most of the major car categories. Drivers are sure to find a vehicle that fits their needs with a used VW Golf.
The seventh generation of Volkswagen’s popular compact vehicle came to market in 2012 with the Golf VII. Once again the new Golf was slightly larger and slightly lighter than its previous model. Currently, all Golf models can be equipped with either a gasoline, diesel, natural gas, electric, or hybrid engine versions. In 2016, Volkswagen redesigned and spruced up their 3 and five-door hatchback models and introduced a more fuel efficient 1.5-liter engine. The VW Golf is an excellent car whether you are looking for a new or used model. Used options are aplenty with the number of years the VW Golf has been in production so drivers should have no issues finding the model, year, and engine configuration that suits them best.