1995 Volkswagen Golf III

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1995 Volkswagen Golf III Review

A solid car with an affordable price tag.

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The Golf III is one of Volkswagen's best-selling model lines. Because of its ample interior space, array of standard features, and good performance, it has been a model for Volkswagen’s other hatchbacks. Additionally, the Volkswagen Jetta, GTI, and R32 are built off the Golf III’s chassis.

The 1995 Volkswagen Golf III is the third generation model, first introduced in the U.S. in 1993. It is a solid vehicle with good fuel economy and an affordable price tag.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Golf III, Volkswagen Golf III City, Volkswagen Golf III Celebration, Volkswagen Golf III Sport, Volkswagen Golf III GL

What's New

For 1995, Volkswagen increases the number of trim levels to five: base, City, Celebration, Sport, and GL. Four-door models are now available in entry-level base, City, and mid-level Celebration trims. A two-door Sport model also joins the lineup with blacked-out taillights, seven-spoke alloy wheels, sport seats, and a power sunroof. Daytime running lights are also standard on all trims. All Golfs now meet the soon-to-be-enforced 1997 side impact standards.


The 1995 Volkswagen Golf III is available as a two-door or four-door hatchback. Measuring at a total length of 160.4 inches, the Golf III is quite a bit smaller than most other vehicles on the road. It comes with 14-inch wheels. The Sport trim comes standard with 14-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.


The Volkswagen Golf III has a surprisingly large amount of interior space despite its small size. The Golf III seats five, although if you're carrying adults, four is a more comfortable number. The amount of cargo space is large enough that the Golf III can potentially beat out noticeably larger vehicles in that regard. Many sedans do not offer comparable storage space, even when factoring in the trunk. The list of interior features; however, is quite short. It includes bucket seats with cloth upholstery, tinted glass windows, an anti-theft alarm system, a remote trunk release, and power door locks. The Sport and GL trims add a power moonroof, rear window defroster, and air conditioning.

Performance & Handling

Despite performance not being a high priority to the Volkswagen Golf III design, it still holds itself well for a vehicle in this price range. Only one engine option is available: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission that delivers 115 hp and 122 lb-ft of torque at 3200 rpm is also available.


Volkswagen is often associated with lots of standard safety features. However, the 1995 Volkswagen Golf III predates the addition of many of these features as standard equipment. The only standard safety features on the 1995 Golf III are dual-front airbags and an anti-theft alarm system. Four-wheel antilock brakes are available only as optional features, and there are no crash test ratings available for the 1995 Golf III.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Golf III, five-speed manual: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Golf III, four-speed automatic: 20/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance and handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Roomier than you'd expect

You Won't Like

  • Not as much power as competition
  • Lack of standard safety features

Sum Up

A solid car with an affordable price tag.

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