Volkswagen Golf 2003 5 Hatchback

This generation of Volkswagen Golf 5 has been produced from November, 2003 to June, 2006. We can provide information about 30 modifications of this generation. 2003 Volkswagen Golf is available with four wheel (4x4) drive (5 versions) and front wheel drive (25 versions). Four wheel drive models have AWD (all wheel drive) system (power is automatically distributed between the wheel axles).

This Volkswagen (VW) is available with eleven petrol engines with displacement from 1.4 to 3.2 litres and power of from 75 to 250 horsepower un five diesel engines with displacement from 1.9 to 2.0 litres and power of from 75 to 170 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (20 versions), as well as automatic (10 versions) gearbox.

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Volkswagen Golf 2003 5 hatchback average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 6.2 to 10.7 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 5 to 6.4 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient Volkswagen Golf 2003 5 hatchback petrol engine version is Volkswagen Golf 1.4 16V FSI, consuming 6.2 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient Volkswagen Golf 2003 5 hatchback diesel - Volkswagen Golf 1.9 TDI for 100 kilometers consumes 5 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, Volkswagen Golf real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 12 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average +11% for petrol engines and +12% for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific Volkswagen Golf modification.

Volkswagen Golf 2003 5 hatchback CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 149 to 257 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 135 to 173 grams per kilometer. From Volkswagen Golf with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has Volkswagen Golf 1.4 16V FSI which produces an average of 149 grams of CO2 per kilometer. In turn, from the Volkswagen Golf diesels least CO2 distributes Volkswagen Golf 1.9 TDI - 135 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 6.2 seconds has Volkswagen Golf R32 version, conversely the tardiest one is Volkswagen Golf 2.0 SDI reaching this speed only in 16.7 seconds. The maximum top speed is 250 km/h for the 3.2 petrol 6-cylinder 250 hp version (Volkswagen Golf R32).

Lenght of Volkswagen Golf is 421 cm, it is medium size car. For comparison - Volkswagen Golf is about 2 cm longer than Honda Civic hatchback, but 5 cm shorter than Opel Astra hatchback. Volkswagen Golf gross weight is from 1780 to 1980 kg (depending on modification), this car is about 15 percent heavier than the average for this age and class of vehicles.

This Volkswagen (VW) is slightly expensive - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 1900 €. According to user reviews, average Volkswagen Golf repair costs are 170 € per year. Users calculated Volkswagen Golf 2003 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 1800 € cost per year and 0.19 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 54%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 28% from total. We have an excellent car cost calculator, calculate ownership costs of Volkswagen Golf for your situation and driving habits here! Our review authors managed to sell their Volkswagen Golf in average time of 6 months. Below you will find more detailed information about Volkswagen Golf prices and costs.

In user reviews Volkswagen Golf received average grade 8.2 (from 10) it corresponds to average rate for cars of this age. Ratings are quite controversial, both positive and not so good, read more in the reviews below. 91% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

Volkswagen Golf modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox Drive type
Volkswagen Golf 2003 1.4 16V 1.4 Petrol 75 HP 6.8 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2006 1.4 16V Jun 2006 — Jun 2006

Most fuel efficient petrol version by real consumption

1.4 Petrol 80 HP 6.9 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2003 1.4 16V FSI

Most fuel efficient petrol version

1.4 Petrol 90 HP 6.2 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2007 1.4 16V TSI Jul 2007 — Jun 2006 1.4 Petrol 122 HP 6.3 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2006 1.4 16V TSI Jul 2006 — Jun 2006 1.4 Petrol 140 HP 7.0 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2006 1.4 16V TSI Oct 2006 — Jun 2006 1.4 Petrol 140 HP 7.1 l/100km Automatic (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2006 1.4 16V TSI Mar 2006 — Jun 2006 1.4 Petrol 170 HP 7.2 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2006 1.4 16V TSI Jul 2006 — Jun 2006 1.4 Petrol 170 HP 7.2 l/100km Automatic (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 1.6 Mar 2004 — Jun 2006 1.6 Petrol 102 HP 7.2 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 1.6 Mar 2004 — Jun 2006 1.6 Petrol 102 HP 8.1 l/100km Automatic (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2003 1.6 16V FSI 1.6 Petrol 116 HP 6.4 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 1.6 16V FSI Mar 2004 — Jun 2006 1.6 Petrol 116 HP 7.2 l/100km Automatic (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 1.9 TDI Mai 2004 — Jun 2006

Most fuel efficient diesel version

1.9 Diesel 90 HP 5.0 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2003 1.9 TDI

Most fuel efficient diesel version

1.9 Diesel 105 HP 5.0 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 1.9 TDI Mar 2004 — Jun 2006 1.9 Diesel 105 HP 5.2 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 1.9 TDI Mar 2004 — Jun 2006 1.9 Diesel 105 HP 5.6 l/100km Automatic (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 1.9 TDI 4Motion 4x4 Jul 2004 — Jun 2006 1.9 Diesel 105 HP 5.8 l/100km Manual (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 2.0 16V FSI Mar 2004 — Jun 2006 2.0 Petrol 150 HP 7.2 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 2.0 16V FSI Mar 2004 — Jun 2006 2.0 Petrol 150 HP 8.1 l/100km Automatic (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 2.0 16V FSI 4Motion 4x4 Jul 2004 — Jun 2006 2.0 Petrol 150 HP 8.4 l/100km Manual (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 2.0 16V FSI Turbo Oct 2004 — Jun 2006 2.0 Petrol 200 HP 8.0 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 2.0 16V FSI Turbo Oct 2004 — Jun 2006 2.0 Petrol 200 HP 7.9 l/100km Automatic (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 2.0 SDI Jan 2004 — Jun 2006 2.0 Diesel 75 HP 5.3 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2003 2.0 TDI 2.0 Diesel 140 HP 5.4 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 2.0 TDI Mar 2004 — Jun 2006 2.0 Diesel 140 HP 5.9 l/100km Automatic (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2004 2.0 TDI 4Motion 4x4 Jul 2004 — Jun 2006 2.0 Diesel 140 HP 5.9 l/100km Manual (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2006 2.0 TDI Mar 2006 — Jun 2006

Most powerfull diesel version (170 HP)

2.0 Diesel 170 HP 5.9 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2006 2.0 TDI Mar 2006 — Jun 2006

Most powerfull diesel version (170 HP)

2.0 Diesel 170 HP 6.4 l/100km Automatic (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2005 3.2 R32 4x4 Nov 2005 — Jun 2006

Most powerfull petrol version (250 HP)

3.2 Petrol 250 HP 10.7 l/100km Manual (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2005 3.2 R32 4x4 Nov 2005 — Jun 2006

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds

3.2 Petrol 250 HP 9.7 l/100km Automatic (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf service and maintenanceOil change intervals, capacities and specifications, service information for filters, spark plugs, belts etc.

Volkswagen Golf safety

During safety testing Volkswagen Golf has obtained 5 stars from five, which means very high safety level.
Adults (driver and passenger) safety of Volkswagen Golf is evaluated with five stars, children safety - with four stars, and for pedestrian protection Volkswagen Golf got three stars.

Volkswagen Golf prices

Volkswagen Golf 2003 - 2006 hatchback price in Latvia is from 1100 € to 3000 €.
Comparing to analogical vehicles Volkswagen Golf price is entirely high - Volkswagen Golf is approximately for 20 percents more expensive then average hatchbacks of this age (compare hatchbacks 2003 - 2006 prices). Volkswagen Golf high price can be explained by its quality above average (see below), therefore this Volkswagen (VW) could be reasonable purchase in long term perspective.

YearLowestAverageHighestAvailability
Volkswagen Golf 2006 price 1400 € 2000 € 3000 €
Volkswagen Golf 2005 price 1400 € 1800 € 2500 €
Volkswagen Golf 2004 price 1100 € 1800 € 2500 €
Volkswagen Golf 2003 price 1200 € 1800 € 2600 €

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Volkswagen Golf reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service Volkswagen Golf reliability is good. In the roadworthiness tests in 2017 defects were detected in an average of only 23.6 percent of Volkswagen Golf of this generation (on average 13 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 27.1%.

Volkswagen Golf reliability and quality

Volkswagen Golf 2003 5 hatchback features (options)

Percentage of Volkswagen Golf with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
74%
Climate control
60%
Metallic paint
59%
Adjustable steering wheel
51%
Rain sensor
32%
Cruise control
19%
Heated seats
16%

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Volkswagen Golf reviews

Total 105 Volkswagen Golf owner reviews

Volkswagen Golf 2003 Hatchback Petrol 1.6 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2015 (age of car 12 years) Owned for:20`000 kilometers (0 years)
Average fuel consumption: 7.5 litres per 100km (70% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 100 €
Total car rating:
7
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