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 1998 for the 1999 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.
- 1 Design and engineering
- 2 Golf Cabriolet
- 3 Variant
- 4 Volkswagen Bora/Jetta Mk4
- 5 Awards
- 6 GTI 25th Anniversary Edition
- 7 GTI 20th Anniversary Edition
- 8 R32 (2003)
- 9 Extended production
- 10 Engine choices
- 11 Pope Benedict XVI
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Design and engineeringVolkswagen Golf
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 floorpan when it was launched a year earlier, but cost considerably more than most of its competitors.
The latest model remained faithful to the Golf concept but included some of the new "arched" styling themes first seen on the B4 Passat.