Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 review: Price, Engines, Interior, Specs & More

04/18/2018
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Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 review: What you get
3. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 interior
4. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 engines and performance
5. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 pros and cons
6. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 specs
7. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 price
8. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 review: What you need to know when buying a used one
9. Conclusion
1. Introduction

It has been 44 years since the Volkswagen Golf made its debut in the auto market. Having gone through up and down period, the car has gained great achievements including prestigious awards like the World Car of the Year in 2009, the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 2015, etc. Although the car has gone through a total of 7 generations with a number of updates, aged Golfs still receive a great favor of car enthusiasts, especially those are in Nigeria. Following the previous article, this time, Naijauto.com will bring you one more review of this popular car for its aged model of the fourth generation - the Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 review. We truly hope that this in-depth review will provide useful information for you. 

2. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 review: What you get

The Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 features large distinctive twin headlights combining turn signals and fog lamps in the same lens. The fourth generation comes with a great refinement, quality and an excellent package of safety features. Some rivals out there may own better looks or bring more enjoyable driving experiences but no model can deliver an extremely spacious cabin and an elegant yet solid look like the Golf can.

Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 angular front

The Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 features large distinctive twin headlights combining turn signals and fog lamps in the same lens

It can be said that the Golf 4 is one of the best choices among small family vehicles as it can bring more than what this kind of car can transfer. The car has a slow depreciation and a reasonable running cost. For the petrol engine variants, the Golf’s fuel economy is good but the diesel versions are even greater, particularly the high-pressure injection PD engines. 

Volkswagen Golf 4 2000 angular rear

It can be said that the Golf 4 is one of the best choices among small family vehicles as it can bring more than what this kind of car can transfer

Volkswagen Golf 4 - History

3. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 interior

The Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 interior boasts a good equipment which can comfort occupants of every size and shape with various levels of seat height, steering wheel pulls and slants, making the driving experience more comfortable and assured.

Volkswagen Golf 4 2000 interior

The Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 interior boasts a good equipment which can comfort people with every size and shape

The controls of the car are well positioned with great forward visibility, although it comes with slightly limited view in the rear due to head restraints and side pillars. The Golf 4 brings a pleasant and convenient ride even during a long trip with a spacious cargo area, a 12 V power socket for devices like a car refrigerator, and convenient luggage hooks. It also provides vast headroom for all occupants. The Golf 4 comes standard with dual front airbags, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power assisted steering, split fold rear seats and central locking. 

Volkswagen Golf 4 2000 part

The Golf 4 brings a pleasant and convenient ride 

Convenient devices in the Volkswagen Golf 4 2004

Convenient devices in the Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 

Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 cup holders

Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 cup holders

Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 roomy cargo space

Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 roomy cargo space

Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 roomy cargo space

Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 roomy cargo space

4. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 engines and performance

Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 engines come available with a variety of options and all of them are good. Petrol engines are offered with meek 1.4 L, the dynamic 1.8L and shiny V5 but the 1.6 L seems to satisfy most drivers.

Although they run with a bit awful noises, their performances are brilliant with an average rate of fuel consumption of 49 mpg, which is evaluated as fine for a vehicle with sporty features. The Golf 4 may have a less great reputation as its predecessors but its driving capacity is beyond expectation.

Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 on the road

The Golf 4 may have a less great reputation as its predecessors but its driving capacity is beyond expectation

It is more delicate than ever and brings safe and peaceful feel as running. The steering is correct and offers good response while the ride is easy and smooth, bringing a relaxing and competent drive. On both highways and town roads, the car runs with quietness and slot into a small space with ease.

The Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 can surely comfort anyone inside it. It comes equipped with adjustable supportive seats, uncomplicated dashboard layout and comfortable position for driving, making it become a favorite car for many. All controls are excellently designed and accessible, however the stereo controls are quite complex to use on the go. 

5. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 pros and cons
  Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 pros and cons
Pros 
  • The 5-valve 1.8 L engine and turbo option are absolutely excellent.
  • Convenient and roomy cabin space
  • GTi variant is a great alternative to the Audi A3 Turbo
  • Smooth and enjoyable drive
Cons 
  • Feels of suspension is not firm enough for a non-sporty model
  • Steering lacks feedback and feels
  • 1.6 L engine is not good enough
6. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 specs
Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 specs
Bodywork
Body type 4/5 seater hatchback 
Number of doors 
Dimensions & Weights
Wheelbase 2512 mm
Track/tread (front)  1514 mm
Track/tread (rear)  1494 mm
Length  1735 mm 
Width  1735 mm
Height   1440 mm
Ground clearance  102 mm 
Length :wheelbase  ratio  1.67 mm
Kerb weight  1257 kg 2771 lb 
Fuel tank capacity  55 litres 
Chasis
Engine position  front
Engine layout  transverse 
Drive wheels  front wheel drive 
Torque split N/A 
Steering  power assisted  rack & pinion 
turns lock-to-lock  3.040 
Wheel size front  6J x 15 
Wheel size rear  6J x 15 
Tyres front  P195/65 R 15 H 
Tyres rear   P195/65 R 15 H 
Brakes F/R VeDi/Di-S-ABS 
Front brake diameter   280 mm 
Rear brake diameter  232 mm 
Gearbox  5-speed  manual 
Top gear ratio  0.84 
Final drive ratio 4.24
7. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 price

Please consult the table below for the fair market price of the Volkswagen Golf

  Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 price
Model Price 
Golf 3 1993 – 1998  N500K – N600K 
Golf 4 1998 – 2002  N600K – N800K 
Golf 5 2003 – 2008  N1.1 million – N1.5 million 
Golf 6 2009 – 2012  N1.5 million – N1.8 million
8. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 review: What you need to know when buying a used one
  • Timing belt on some engines need to be changed according to service schedules to protect the car engines.
  • Ensure all plastics of the interior fit well and there's no rattle or squeak. The quality of such components is inconsistent from one car to another.
  • The 1.8 L engines’ ignition coils can be damaged.
  • Make sure the various sensors around the engine are sufficient. 

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9. Conclusion

The positive feedbacks the Volkswagen Golf received has proven for its great reputation, goodness and excellent performance. And what you see on the Golf 4 can also tell the truth. This car will be a perfect partner on every journey in your life. It will bring you to beautiful destinations with comfort, smoothness and enjoyment. We at Naijauto.com truly hope that our Volkswagen Golf  4 2004 review has brought you the most accurate depiction of this Volkswagen's great hatchback.

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Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 review: What you get
3. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 interior
4. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 engines and performance
5. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 pros and cons
6. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 specs
7. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 price
8. Volkswagen Golf 4 2004 review: What you need to know when buying a used one
9. Conclusion