Feb 23, 2018
The Volkswagen Golf was born to be a small car for families made by the German carmaker Volkswagen since 1974. Until now, the car has gone through 7 generations with a large number of variants, body styles and nameplates. In Nigeria, the Volkswagen Golf is named as one of the best-selling cars on the market with a great reliability and reputation. Especially, with the birth of the third generation, the car has received a special favor of car enthusiasts. This time, we at Naijauto.com pick the Golf Fourth Generation (Mk4) to inspect as the case study, and bring you Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 review. Let's check it out!
Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 model comes available with 4 variants including the GTI, Match, Anniversary and Final Edition. Options for the car engine are the 1.8 L, 1.8 L turbo and the 2.0 L.
The Golf 4 comes with a larger and more elegant design than its predecessor which already had a big body, boasting one of the hardest chassis in its class and unmatched quality of building.
The Golf 3 comes with a larger and more elegant design than its predecessor
The 1.8 L model comes with 125 horsepower under the bonnet while adding a turbocharger can boost the power to 150 horsepower. In May 1998, side airbags were added, and in May 1999, the lineup was re-equipped with the 2.0 L model adopted as the base model.
In summer 2002, the car manufacturer decided to premiere the Volkswagen Golf GTi Anniversary to celebrate 25 years of the GTi’s production. With this model, the GTi is powered by a 180 bhp engine, making the GTi become an admirable sport hatch.
The Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 boasts an evolutionary style which is a big difference from other on-market models. Unlike other carmakers who try to limit their cars’ budget, Volkswagen seems to be a generous one as it invested millions of Deutschmarks to make the most quality floorpan in the world of compact cars.
No Golf GTi engine can be described as an exact “state-of-the-art”. The 1.8 L is the best in the range. In comparison, some French contenders can sometimes bring more fun while driving but they do not feel safe or secure like the Golf does.
The Volkswagen Golf 3 2002 boasts an evolutionary style but it is a big difference with other on-market models
All Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 models come equipped with side airbags, rear seats combining with the intelligent Isofix system to attach a children's seat, a reach-adjustable and height steering column, ABS and twin front airbags. Small touches but make you impressed the most.
Rear seats of the Volkswagen Golf 4 2003
VW Golf 4 Variant 1.9 TDI (2001) on German Autobahn - POV Top Speed Drive
The Volkswagen Golf 4 is an astonishing 48% heavier than the Golf 1. This also means that the later generation requires much more power match the previous models. Although having 20 valves, turbo engines and modern electronic management, the Mk4 GTi 1.8 Turbo fail to match even the modest 1.6 GTi in terms of power/weight ratio.
The later generation requires much more power to be honorable enough to the previous models
The Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 engine is capable of cranking out 180 hp, showcases a smooth and refined drive. However, the driving sense that the Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 brings is not highly appreciated as the steering wheel is quite light and the chassis appears a little ancient.
Even though, the 1.8 L GTi still received a good evaluation for its performance as it displays a syrupy, pleasant and mild drive with none of the verve of previous models.
The 1.8 L GTi still received a good evaluation for its performance as it displays a syrupy, pleasant and mild drive with none of the verve of previous models
Although the Golf is known as a car with a great reliability and reputation, there are some of its parts that need to be inspected carefully when buying a secondhand one. Check out the Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 problems as follows:
Below are full specs of the Volkswagen Golf 4 2003. Check it out:
|Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 specs|
|Rev. at Max Power||5500|
|Torque (lb-ft)||173 lb-ft|
|Rev. at Max Torque||1950 – 5000|
|Track, Front||1513 mm|
|Track, Rear||1494 mm|
|Wheel Base||2511 mm|
|Turning Circle||10.9 m|
|Ground Clearance||102 mm|
|Gross Weight||1780 kg|
|Max Trailer Load, braked 12%||1300 kg|
|Max Trailer Load, unbraked||600 kg|
|Cargo Capacity||567 kg|
|Max Roof Load||75 kg|
|Top Speed||222 km/h|
|Acceleration, 0-100 km/h||7.9 s|
|Tank Capacity||55 l|
Please consult the table below for the fair market price of the Volkswagen Golf of all generations in Nigeria:
|Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 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|
This car has received a number of prestigious awards since its launch, which also means the car is a worthy choice for car lovers. With a number of standard and state-of-the-art features and a good performance, the Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 promises to be a perfect partner for your trips. At the end, hope that our Volkswagen Golf 4 2003 review will be helpful for you and inspire you to drive home a Golf.
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