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Volkswagen Golf Model Years

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Volkswagen knew it needed to replace the antiquated Beetle. But with what? The German automaker answered that question in 1975 with the Rabbit. A thoroughly modern hatchback, it featured angular styling, front-wheel drive and a water-cooled engine mounted at the front of the car. In other words, it was completely unlike the icon it replaced.

Seven generations later, the Rabbit has seen its name changed to Golf, back to Rabbit, and then back to Golf again. In addition to traditionally sporty driving characteristics, the current Golf impresses with an optional diesel engine good for 42 mpg highway, a high-quality interior and more cargo space than many of its competitors.

Volkswagen Golf Generations

2014 - 2014 Volkswagen Golf

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For 2015, Volkswagen will roll out the seventh generation of the Golf atop its all-new MQB platform. Despite being larger than the previous model, the seventh-gen model shaves 51 pounds with the use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel. A 1.8-liter turbocharged engine is now the base engine and delivers 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. An all-new EA288 turbocharged diesel engine with 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque graces the TDI model's engine bay.

See Year: 2014

2010 - 2013 Volkswagen Golf

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In 2010, Volkswagen rolled out the sixth-generation Golf, and abandoned the fifth generation's use of the Rabbit name in the U.S. market. The Golf’s exterior has been fully restyled by way of a enlarged double-bar front grille, angled headlights, wide-mouth lower front fascia, a rear hatch spoiler and revised taillights with clear turn indicators. An all-new 2-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque made its way into TDI models. Wrapping up the changes was a restyled interior with "Me2" cloth-wrapped sport seats and brushed-metallic trim inserts.

See Year: 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013

2006 - 2006 Volkswagen Golf

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The fifth generation Golf, dubbed the Rabbit in the U.S., received an all-new 150-horsepower 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. VW redesigned the rear suspension to make the Golf more competent on the road, as well as to improve comfort. A brand new body style featured a more aerodynamic front end, sleek headlights and a rakish windshield. The Golf grew yet again, but the 1.9-liter diesel engine was dropped from the lineup.

See Year: 2006

1999 - 2005 Volkswagen Golf

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Midway through 1999, Volkswagen rolled out the fourth-generation Golf with a revised body that featured larger taillights, an updated grille and modernized headlights. With this generation, the Golf grew yet again, stretching its width by 3 inches and its wheelbase by 1.5 inches, which created a roomier cabin. A new 1.9-liter turbocharged diesel engine with 90 horsepower was available. Also added for the third generation were additional standard features, including: four wheel anti-lock brakes, air conditioning and an AM/FM radio.

See Year: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005

1993 - 1998 Volkswagen Golf

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In 1993, VW launched the third-generation Golf with an all-new 2-liter single-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine that produced 115 horsepower. In addition to the new engine, the Golf also grew to 160.5 inches in length and 66.7 inches in width, making it 2.5 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider than the first-generation model. Volkswagen also revised the shape of the Golf's body, rounding off its body lines for a sleeker look. Additionally, old sealed-beam style headlights were replaced by design-friendly composite headlights.

See Year: 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998

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