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If it's a premium hatch you're after then the Golf 1.6 provides it

29 Mar 2001

MORE than 17 million Golfs have been screwed together and sold across the world since it was launched in 1974. But Down Under, particularly in recent years, its Euro charm and hefty sticker price hasn't excited small car buyers. The 1.6 GL has the quality, comfort, refinement and features of a car sporting a propeller badge or three-pointed star, but lacks in the performance and handling stakes.
Model release date: 1 October 1998 to 1 February 2002

Did you know?

The Golf is based on VW's A-platform which is also used in the Audi A3, Audi TT, New Beetle, VW Bora and Skoda Octavia.

The idea of platform sharing is to save money on components used by each company in the VW group.

VW AG owns Audi, Skoda, Seat, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Bentley.

Previous model

VW Golf

Released: August 1994
Ended: September 1998
Family Tree: Golf

The Golf took up where the Mini left off and re-wrote the book on small cars. It's bigger today, and no longer an entry-level competitor, but is a desirable car with high levels of safety, performance and quality. Engines included a 2.0-litre petrol, a 1.9-litre turbo diesel and a 2.8-litre V6.

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