Drive Time: VW marks 45 years of Golf


While Volkswagen is celebrating 45 years of production of the popular Golf, dating to Wolfsburg, Germany, in 1974, I’m wondering lower back to the first one I drove and reviewed in February 1978.
The first technology, which finally became called Golf, carried the version name Rabbit, and I drove a ’78 Rabbit Diesel. Since then, I’ve driven 90 other VWs.
My maximum latest outings behind the wheel of a VW were a Final Beetle in February and a Golf TSI SE four-door hatchback in front-wheel-pressure configuration 4 or 5 months ago.
That Rabbit Diesel manner back while posted an average of 47. Nine miles in keeping with a gallon, an incredible mark that held up as my first-rate for 15 years until a ’94 Honda Civic VX, not to be stressed with a CX or DX or EX, took three.4 gallons of gas to fill after 208 miles, an extraordinary 61.2 average.
Of the seven generations of the VW model, the Golf I, known as the Rabbit, changed into in manufacturing from 1975-1984, with 70 horsepower from a 1.5-litre gasoline engine.
Golf II, taking the version call of Golf, became from 1985-1992; its dimensions grew using 7 inches in the average period, and introduced to it had been the catalytic converter, antilock braking and power guidance.
Golf III, from 1993-1999, took on a wedge form, brought front and side airbags and, for the primary time introduced a VR6 engine, Ecomatic transmission and cruise manage.
Golf IV, from ’99 to 2005, showed a new design with a flatter windshield, delivered 4Motion all-wheel drive, DSG dual-snatch digital transmission and navigation.
Golf V, 2006-09, changed into sold as the Rabbit once more, used two hundred-horsepower, 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection engine for the GTI.
Golf VI, 2010-14, returned to the call Golf, and base powertrain changed into 2 — Five-Liter with a hundred and seventy horsepower.
Golf VII, 2015 through these days, grew in size but dropped in weight in spite of a plethora of latest and upscale functions. Available driving force-assistance generation includes automatic publish-collision braking and forward-collision warning.
The Golf I drove in November, an ’18 TSI SE four-door hatchback had 6-pace guide transmission and 1.8-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine of a hundred and seventy horsepower.
Early within the year, though (January), acting tons extra amazing changed into a low-slung, hot-hatch Golf GTI, timed flawlessly for the dry roads in among snowstorms. Horsepower was boosted to 220 for its turbocharged, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder and dual-grab DSG digital transmission. It’s a quick-shifting tranny, and in Sport mode with use of paddle shifters, a motive force won’t omit the 6-velocity manual

Find a winding street with some little twists, replace regular braking with guide-mode shifting, and the 5-door hatchback will steal the display from instead appeared competitors Civic, Mazda3 or Elantra. Midrange torque response is robust for the quick-wheelbase Golf (103.6 inches), which famous minimal frame roll.
For 2019, the Golf is available in two trims – S and SE, both powered by way of a 147-horsepower, 1.Four-litre engine paired with both a 6-velocity manual or eight-velocity automated. Among trendy device are forward-collision caution and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring.
Pricing for the 2019 VW Golf S with guide tranny starts offevolved at $22,380; including automatic transmission increases the tab to $23,840.The value for that first one I drove, the ’78 Rabbit Diesel? $5,043.

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