When it comes to all-time iconic vehicles, the Volkswagen Golf just cannot be overlooked. Volkswagen’s first ‘people’s automobile,’ the Beetle, was a huge success.
However, by the 1970s, several other automobiles had surpassed the Beetle in popularity, and sales were beginning to decline.
Volkswagen was beginning to falter, and the necessity for reform was becoming increasingly apparent.
After years of experimentation, the first Golf rolled off the assembly lines, earning the distinction of being one of the few truly classless automobiles on the road. Everyone adored the car, from celebrities to normal people; even the Pope got one.
The automobile has gone through seven iterations since its introduction in 1974. Each generation produces an iconic automobile that changes people’s perceptions about small cars.
1976 Volkswagen Golf GTI MKI
Volkswagen aimed to develop a formula for a speedier automobile two years after the MK-I. They used the original MK-body I’s and fitted it with a more powerful engine. The new 1.6-liter engine has a 108-horsepower output.
This Golf GTI can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 9.0 seconds!
1985 Volkswagen Golf MKII GTI
Many car aficionados believe that the MK-II Volkswagen Golf GTI is when the GTI formula was perfected. It was quick, strong, and a lot of fun to drive.
The automobile has a larger 1.8-liter engine than the original Golf GTI, making it more significant. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 118 mph!
1990 Volkswagen Golf GTI G60 MKII
The G60 is another high-performance GTI that car fans lust after. The supercharged 1.8-liter inline-4 petrol engine is what sets the automobile apart.
It enables the G60 to go from 0 to 62 mph in 8.3 seconds, with a top speed of 134 mph. At the same time, the car gets good gas mileage!
1993 Volkswagen Golf GTI MKIII
While many vehicle aficionados consider the MK-III to be a huge failure, it was responsible for introducing some significant modifications.
It improved the Golf economy and set the standard for future automobiles to follow. The clumsy size and lifeless steering, on the other hand, make this one of the least desirable Golfs!
2000 Volkswagen Golf V6 4Motion
The Golf’s recovery was aided by the MK-IV generation, which went a long way toward repairing the car’s bad reputation. It’s driven by a 2.8-liter V6 petrol engine that puts out a whopping 201 horsepower.
It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds. The amazing 6-speed manual gearbox would properly distribute power!
2002 Volkswagen Golf R32
In the much-maligned MK-IV generation, Volkswagen’s Golf R32 is one of the bright spots. A 3.2-liter VR6 engine with 247 horsepower is beneath the hood.
The result is a 6.4-second 0-60mph time. At the same time, the vehicle is capable of high-speed cornering.
2002 Volkswagen Golf GTI 337
The MK-IV received a lot of flak, but the 337 limited editions helped to improve its image. The automobile is powered by a 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower.
The bright sparkling silver finish and distinctive red brake calipers make it instantly recognizable!
2004 Volkswagen Golf GTI MKV
Despite the fact that the MK-IV was one of the most critically panned incarnations of the Golf, the MK-V was nevertheless widely anticipated. With a 197-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, Volkswagen certainly delivered this time.
The engine properly supports the vehicle’s weight and allows it to go from 0 to 62 mph in under 7.2 seconds
2006 Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 30
The Edition 30 commemorates the thirty-year anniversary of the first Golf hot-hatch and is available in both 3-door and 5-door configurations.
A direct-injection 2.0-liter inline-four engine with close to 227 horsepower powers the anniversary edition. The automobile can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.8 seconds!
2010 Volkswagen Golf GTI MKVI
Fans are eager to see how capable the new Golf GTI will be, as they are with each iteration of the new Golf. One of the great instances of Volkswagen getting the Golf right is the MK-VI. It has a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo engine that can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 6.9 seconds!
2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI MKVII
The Volkswagen Golf GTI’s seventh iteration is faster than the preceding version while also being larger in size. With the performance package, the car’s engine can produce up to 220 horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under 6.4 seconds.
2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI MKVII
While we wait for the 8th generation of the Golf GTI to be released, the present 7th version is a fantastic hot hatch. It’s powered by the same 2.0-liter turbo-four engine that puts out 228 horsepower.
Volkswagen, on the other hand, manages to squeeze out more performance from the vehicle, with a 0-60mph time of just 5.7 seconds!
2021 Volkswagen Golf
Choosing a Volkswagen Golf for 2021 is simple. It’s only available in TSI specification, with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with an eight-speed automatic transmission available as an option. The front wheels of the Golf are driven by both of them.