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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#19 of 68 Awaiting...
Sep 28, 2003 (11:59 pm)
I had an 02 Jetta that was totalled, but I really liked the car. What I would like to see improved in the new MKV is rear seat room, quality control, reliability, the sloppy base suspension, and VW's attitude toward customer service.
If VW can get this one right, I will definitely consider one down the road in a couple years.
Oct 03, 2003 (9:47 am)
Is it going to weigh more than the Mk 4? I can't find that information anywhere
#21 of 68 Information at 4car site
Oct 04, 2003 (9:49 am)
There's a nice review of the next generation Golf at the 4car site www.4car.co.uk .
#22 of 68 New Volkswagen Golf 5 2.0 TDI 4-cyl 140 bhp
Nov 24, 2003 (12:33 am)
Yesterday I drove the new VW Golf V 2.0 TDI 4-cylinder with 140 bhp. It's wonderful. I can't tell you to go drive the new Audi A3 or Volkswagen Touran with the same engine, but you don't want anything else but diesel anymore after driving this car.
It has so much torque, that if you push the accelerator to deep, every start will end up with a wheelspin. (sorry for my english).
It steers so much better than the former Golf IV, I just love it! Hope it will come to the USA soon.
#23 of 68 What I thought..
Dec 28, 2003 (11:02 pm)
Okay, I've seen the Golf at the Tokyo motor show, and the new Audi A3 at the dealers. I owned at 01 GTI GLX, and currently own a 97 Audi A3. I thought the MK4 Golf was a better car then my current A3. But now, the new generation A3 is far more better looking then the MK5 Golf. Ofcourse.. we all know its basically the same car with different badges and shell..but A3 has the aggressive mean look. The new golf looks as if it is designed by Mazda.. like an MPV or something. Too simple.. no german quality to it. Haven't driven neither car so can't really comment. But the Golf is bargain for what it is. I can pretty much say its the safest car in its class with high-end quality materials that won't lose to audi. I mean look, compare the interior of an Mazda 3 to the Golf! mazda just doesn't impress me. Only problems is reliabilty and service( in USA) that concerns me. My GTI had too many "quality" problems, forcing me to sell it. My Audi's doing a good job with minor problems. I thought they are identical inside? wierd... not only that VW service was horrible. Having had bad experience with VW, I am leaning to getting an A3.. sorry they dont have those in america. And no, europeans don't hate americans?!..or do they? Well hatchbacks just doesn't have a great status in USA. Hatchback= cheap, dangerous and ugly. Which is so untrue IMO. So Audi doesn't wanna risk their "luxury" image in the USA.
Dec 29, 2003 (4:07 pm)
Not sure about your comments on Mazda, I like the new Mazda 3 interior better than the MKIV golf. Exterior wise, I think the Golf is a very good looking car, but I like the 3 better than the Jetta, and the 6 better than the Passat.
And as far as the MPV (which I don't really care about either way), I think it (and any other minivan out there) look better than the Eurovan.
What the Golf has that Mazda doesn't is a 3 door hatch - which is getting pretty rare these days. Looking forward to part 5.
Jan 08, 2004 (4:13 pm)
Agreed, I went and sat in several Mazda3s a couple of weeks ago and found the interior to be fantastic. Definitely equal to, if not better than all of the MKIV Golfs I have been in. The Mazda also has infinitely superior steering and shifting feel to any current VW product.
That said I am looking foward to seeing what kind of job VW did with this new Golf, especially the GTi.
Jan 25, 2004 (10:45 pm)
With all this hybrid Toyota stuff seems a hybrid VW diesel could win the MPG prize big time.
Feb 03, 2004 (12:40 am)
"Not sure about your comments on Mazda, I like the new Mazda 3 interior better than the MKIV golf."
Even w/ the "6-star" interior, the VW Phaeton is a disappointing car when comes to ride comfort & steering/handling.
The plush-interior Golf/Jetta IV has a telescopic steering wheel that's still too far away as if VW wanted to preserve the air-cool Beetle's tradition. I'll rather give up the VW's padded dashboard & go for Mazda's good driving position, even the past models w/o the telescopic adjustment. What Mazda loses is the noise level, especially when cruising on the concrete fwy.
This is getting exciting, the Euro Focus has spawned all those suspension pieces to make these new cars competitive to each other -- Golf/Jetta/Passat, Mazda3, S40/V50, & even the Mondeo-based Jaguar X-Type. Then throw in the similarly roomy 3-series & TSX...
Feb 03, 2004 (10:58 am)
"And as far as the MPV (which I don't really care about either way), I think it (and any other minivan out there) look better than the Eurovan."
I like the Euro VW Sharan minivan's looks better than the Mazda MPV.
& next year's Honda Odyssey? The smaller Japanese (4-cyl?)version sure looks way better than the "giant" one we're gonna get.