Volkswagen Golf 1997 4 Hatchback

This generation of Volkswagen Golf 4 has been produced from December, 1997 to November, 2003. We can provide information about 38 modifications of this generation. 1997 Volkswagen Golf is available with four wheel (4x4) drive (9 versions) and front wheel drive (29 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 twelve petrol engines with displacement from 1.4 to 3.2 litres and power of from 75 to 241 horsepower un seven diesel engines with displacement 1.9 litres and power of from 68 to 150 horsepower.
The car is available with both manual (25 versions), as well as automatic (13 versions) gearbox.

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Volkswagen Golf 1997 4 hatchback average fuel consumption in combined cycle for petrol engine is from 6.2 to 11.5 litres per 100km, whereas for diesel engine - from 4 to 6.5 litres per 100km. The most fuel efficient Volkswagen Golf 1997 4 hatchback petrol engine version is Volkswagen Golf 1.6 16V FSI, consuming 6.2 litres per 100km. While the most fuel efficient Volkswagen Golf 1997 4 hatchback diesel - Volkswagen Golf 1.9 TDI for 100 kilometers consumes 4 liters of diesel.
According to user reviews, Volkswagen Golf real-world fuel consumption is on average about approximately for 8 percents higher as the manufacturer's claimed fuel economy (on average +7% for petrol engines and +8% for diesel engines). For a more detailed actual fuel economy of each model, select a specific Volkswagen Golf modification.

Volkswagen Golf 1997 4 hatchback CO2 emissions for petrol engine are from 149 to 276 grams per kilometer, whereas for diesel engine - from 132 to 176 grams per kilometer. From Volkswagen Golf with petrol engines the lowest CO2 emissions has Volkswagen Golf 1.6 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 - 132 grams per km.

The best acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h - 6.4 seconds has Volkswagen Golf R32 version, conversely the tardiest one is Volkswagen Golf 1.9 SDI reaching this speed only in 17.2 seconds. The maximum top speed is 247 km/h for the 3.2 petrol 241 hp version (Volkswagen Golf R32) and the 3.2 petrol 241 hp version (Volkswagen Golf R32).

Lenght of Volkswagen Golf is 415 cm, it is medium size car. For comparison - Volkswagen Golf is about 4 cm longer than Opel Astra hatchback, but 2 cm shorter than Ford Focus hatchback. Volkswagen Golf gross weight is from 1695 to 1920 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 in average price group - it can be purchased (in Latvia) for around 1300 €. According to user reviews, average Volkswagen Golf repair costs are 160 € per year. Users calculated Volkswagen Golf 1997 cost of ownership for this generation, got average 1800 € cost per year and 0.16 € cost per one kilometer. Fuel costs were estimated at around 62%, while repair and maintenance costs - around 25% 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 3 weeks. Below you will find more detailed information about Volkswagen Golf prices and costs.

In user reviews Volkswagen Golf received average grade 7.3 (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. 89% of reviewers would recommend this car to the friend.

Volkswagen Golf modifications

Modification Engine Power Consumption Gearbox Drive type
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.4 16V 1.4 Petrol 75 HP 6.6 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.6 Dec 1997 — Mai 2000 1.6 Petrol 101 HP 7.4 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.6 Dec 1997 — Aug 2000 1.6 Petrol 101 HP 8.4 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2000 1.6 Aug 2000 — Nov 2003 1.6 Petrol 102 HP 8.0 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2000 1.6 16V Mai 2000 — Nov 2003 1.6 Petrol 105 HP 6.9 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2003 1.6 16V FSI Mar 2003 — Nov 2003

Most fuel efficient petrol version

1.6 Petrol 110 HP 6.2 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.8 5V Dec 1997 — Jun 1999 1.8 Petrol 125 HP 8.3 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.8 5V Dec 1997 — Jun 1999 1.8 Petrol 125 HP 9.2 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1999 1.8 5V 4Motion 4x4 Jan 1999 — Mai 2000 1.8 Petrol 125 HP 8.9 l/100km Manual (5) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.8 5V Turbo Dec 1997 — Mai 2002 1.8 Petrol 150 HP 7.9 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2001 1.8 5V Turbo Mai 2001 — Mai 2002 1.8 Petrol 150 HP 9.2 l/100km Automatic (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2002 1.8 5V Turbo Mai 2002 — Nov 2003 1.8 Petrol 180 HP 8.4 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.9 SDI 1.9 Diesel 68 HP 5.1 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.9 TDI Dec 1997 — Nov 2001 1.9 Diesel 90 HP 4.9 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.9 TDI Dec 1997 — Nov 2001 1.9 Diesel 90 HP 6.3 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1999 1.9 TDI 4Motion 4x4 Jan 1999 — Mai 2000 1.9 Diesel 90 HP 5.5 l/100km Manual (5) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2001 1.9 TDI Oct 2001 — Nov 2003

Most fuel efficient diesel version

1.9 Diesel 100 HP 4.0 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2001 1.9 TDI Oct 2001 — Nov 2003 1.9 Diesel 100 HP 6.4 l/100km Automatic (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.9 TDI Dec 1997 — Oct 2001 1.9 Diesel 110 HP 4.9 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 1.9 TDI Dec 1997 — Oct 2000 1.9 Diesel 110 HP 6.3 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1999 1.9 TDI Aug 1999 — Mai 2001

Most fuel efficient diesel version by real consumption

1.9 Diesel 115 HP 5.1 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2000 1.9 TDI Oct 2000 — Mai 2001 1.9 Diesel 115 HP 6.2 l/100km Automatic (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2000 1.9 TDI 4Motion 4x4 Aug 2000 — Mai 2001 1.9 Diesel 115 HP 6.1 l/100km Manual (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2001 1.9 TDI Mai 2001 — Nov 2003 1.9 Diesel 130 HP 5.2 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2001 1.9 TDI Mai 2001 — Nov 2003 1.9 Diesel 130 HP 6.5 l/100km Automatic (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2001 1.9 TDI 4Motion 4x4 Mai 2001 — Nov 2003 1.9 Diesel 130 HP 6.2 l/100km Manual (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2000 1.9 TDI GTI Aug 2000 — Nov 2003

Most powerfull diesel version (150 HP)

1.9 Diesel 150 HP 5.3 l/100km Manual (6) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2000 1.9 TDI 4Motion 4x4 Aug 2000 — Nov 2003

Most powerfull diesel version (150 HP)

1.9 Diesel 150 HP 6.2 l/100km Manual (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1999 2.0 Jan 1999 — Nov 2003 2.0 Petrol 115 HP 7.9 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1999 2.0 Jan 1999 — Mai 2002 2.0 Petrol 115 HP 8.8 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 2.3 V5 Dec 1997 — Aug 2000 2.3 Petrol 150 HP 9.3 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1997 2.3 V5 Dec 1997 — Aug 2000 2.3 Petrol 150 HP 9.9 l/100km Automatic (4) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2000 2.3 V5 Aug 2000 — Nov 2003 2.3 Petrol 170 HP 8.7 l/100km Manual (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2000 2.3 V5 Aug 2000 — Nov 2003 2.3 Petrol 170 HP 9.6 l/100km Automatic (5) Front wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2000 2.3 V5 4Motion 4x4 Aug 2000 — Mai 2002 2.3 Petrol 170 HP 9.9 l/100km Manual (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 1999 2.8 V6 4Motion 4x4 Aug 1999 — Nov 2003 2.8 Petrol 204 HP 10.8 l/100km Manual (6) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2003 3.2 R32 4x4 Jun 2003 — Nov 2003

Most powerfull petrol version (241 HP)

3.2 Petrol 241 HP 11.5 l/100km Manual (5) All wheel
Volkswagen Golf 2003 3.2 R32 4x4 Jun 2003 — Nov 2003

Most dynamic version - 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds

3.2 Petrol 241 HP 10.2 l/100km Automatic (5) All wheel

Volkswagen Golf safety

During safety testing Volkswagen Golf has obtained 4 stars from five, which means good safety level.
Adults (driver and passenger) safety of Volkswagen Golf is evaluated with four stars, and for pedestrian protection Volkswagen Golf got two stars.

Volkswagen Golf prices

Volkswagen Golf 1997 - 2003 hatchback price in Latvia is from 200 € to 2500 €.
Comparing to analogical vehicles Volkswagen Golf price is entirely high - Volkswagen Golf is approximately for 12 percents more expensive then average hatchbacks of this age (compare hatchbacks 1997 - 2003 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 2003 price 1100 € 1500 € 2200 €
Volkswagen Golf 2002 price 1000 € 1700 € 2500 €
Volkswagen Golf 2001 price 1100 € 1500 € 2200 €
Volkswagen Golf 2000 price 800 € 1300 € 1900 €
Volkswagen Golf 1999 price 700 € 1100 € 1700 €
Volkswagen Golf 1998 price 600 € 1000 € 1600 €
Volkswagen Golf 1997 price 200 € 800 € 1300 €

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Volkswagen Golf reliability and quality

According to yearly reports of vehicle inspection service Volkswagen Golf reliability is entirely high. In the roadworthiness tests in 2014 defects were detected in an average of only 25.4 percent of Volkswagen Golf of this generation (on average 14 years old at the time of inspection). The average failure rate for a vehicles of the same age was 33.3%.

Volkswagen Golf reliability and quality

Volkswagen Golf 1997 4 hatchback features (options)

Percentage of Volkswagen Golf with corresponding feature (option)

Conditioning
64%
Metallic paint
56%
Adjustable steering wheel
54%
Climate control
35%
Sunroof
12%
Heated seats
12%

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Volkswagen Golf reviews

Total 105 Volkswagen Golf owner reviews

Volkswagen Golf 2001 Estate car/wagon Diesel 1.9 litres, Manual gearbox
Purchase year:2014 (age of car 13 years) Owned for:42`000 kilometers (2 years)
Average fuel consumption: 5.9 litres per 100km (40% urban driving)
Total cost of repairs: 1199 € (~ 599 € per year)
Total car rating:
7
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