|Volkswagen Golf Mk4
||VW Bora HS (China, 2006–2008)
VW City Golf (Canada, 2006–2008)
VW Golf City (2009–2010)
||1997–2004 (4.3 million units)
São José dos Pinhais, Brazil (Audi Senna)
Uitenhage, South Africa
|Body and chassis
5-door station wagon
||Front engine, front-wheel drive /four-wheel drive
||Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform
||Volkswagen Jetta Mk4 (Bora)
Audi A3 Mk1
Audi TT Mk1
Volkswagen New Beetle
SEAT León Mk1
SEAT Toledo Mk2
Škoda Octavia Mk1
||1.4 I4 16v 55kW (AHW/AXP/APE/AUA/AKQ/BCA)
1.6 I4 74kW (AEH/AKL/APF)
1.6 I4 75kW (AVU/BFQ)
1.6 I4 16v 77kW (AUS/AZD/ATN/BCB)
1.6 I4 16v FSI 81kW (BAD)
1.8 I4 55kW (AAM/ANN) (Cabriolet)
1.8 I4 66kW (ADZ/ANP) (Cabriolet)
1.8 I4 20v 92kW (AGN)
1.8 I4 20v Turbo 110kW (AGU/ARZ/ARX/AUM)
1.8 I4 20v Turbo 132kW (AUQ/AWP)
2.0 I4 85kW (APK/AQY/AZJ/AZH)
also available as a CNG/gasoline bivalent version
2.3 V5 110kW (AGZ)
2.3 V5 20v 125kW (AQN)
2.8 VR6 130kW (AAA/AFP)
2.8 VR6 24v 150kW (AQP/AUE/BDE)
3.2 VR6 24v 177kW (BFH/BML) (R32)
1.9 I4 SDI 50kW (AGP/AQM)
1.9 I4 TDI 66kW (AGR/ALH)
1.9 I4 TDI 74kW (ATD/AXR)
1.9 I4 TDI 81kW (AHF/ASV)
1.9 I4 TDI 85kW (AJM/AUY)
1.9 I4 TDI 96kW (ASZ)
1.9 I4 TDI 110kW (ARL)
5-speed tiptronic automatic
||2,512 mm (98.9 in)
R32: 2,517 mm (99.1 in)
||1999–2002 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)
||GTI/R32/Golf: 1,735 mm (68.3 in)
||GTI/Golf: 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
R32: 1,425 mm (56.1 in)
2008–present City Golf: 56.9 in (1,445 mm)
||Volkswagen Golf Mk3
||Volkswagen Golf Mk5
The Volkswagen Golf Mk4 (or VW Typ 1J) is a compact car, the fourth generation of the Volkswagen Golf and the successor to the Volkswagen Golf Mk3. Launched in October 1997, 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, to compete with the Audi A3.
Overall the level of maturity of the design and its target audience were also evident — the humorous plays on the game of golf which resulted in special edition models of the three earlier generations being called "Golf Ryder", "Golf Driver", not to mention the GTI's "golf ball" gearlever knob were dropped, and replaced with a more subtly styled golf ball knob.
It was replaced in 2004 by the Volkswagen Golf Mk5 in European Markets. However, Manufacturing continued in South America, Mexico and China for developing Markets.
The Saloon Deriative, The Volkswagen Bora, is still manufactured in South America, under the name VW Clasico.
The Mk4 was sold in Japan, but starting with this generation and subsequent generations, it no longer complied with Japanese Government dimension regulations which affected sales, imposing an annual tax on Japanese consumers for owning a vehicle that exceeded the maximum width limit.
Design and engineering
The Golf Mk4 was a significant car in its class. As with its big brother, not only was it the first step of Volkswagen 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 on a par with its sister Audi A3 from the year before, but cost considerably more than other cars in its class.
The latest model remained faithful to the Golf concept but included some of the new "arched" styling themes first seen on the Mk4 Passat.