Volkswagen Golf III

Since the beginning of the company, Volkswagen has been known for making high-quality vehicles consumers can depend on. It’s virtually impossible to find someone who doesn’t know a story about a person who kept a VW for years and years with little trouble. The Volkswagen Golf III series falls into this category. Reliability and comfortable driving define this car. Test drivers note how well the Golf III responds, and they remark about its comfortable ride.

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Volkswagen Golf III Origins

There is no question that auto companies all over the world have achieved recognition and acclaim for their products and accomplishments. In Europe, certain names come to mind, calling up those companies that paved the way for auto manufacturing. Volkswagen almost always ranks first on the list. This German company has been in existence since the 1930s and dedicates itself to creating a car for the people. This car aims to be affordable enough for most citizens to buy it. The company accomplishes this goal, making it the largest car manufacturer in Europe.

Among the many car designs offered by this company over the years, the Golf series, including the Golf III, has played a huge role in Volkswagen’s success.

About the Volkswagen Golf III

The car’s style and class define the Volkswagen Golf III as well. The exterior shows off a classic German design with plenty of modern features to keep the Golf III viable in today’s market. Still, the interior of the car really shines. Volkswagen has chosen to give this model a host of well-made amenities that rival other competitors and even VW’s own Jetta model. The Golf III has been so well appointed some industry analysts claim the car looks and feels more like a luxury sedan than a smaller class of car.

Volkswagen Golf III Features

Volkswagen has chosen to release the Golf III for the 2012 model year. These cars come in both two- and four-door body styles. The Golf III offers two distinct trim levels in both of the body styles, the 2.5L and the TDI. Industry experts have been impressed so far by Volkswagen attention to detail with this line of cars and expect buyers to consider the higher price tag simply to have the quality vehicle.

Taking a look at the trim levels, buyers will find the 2.5L version of the Golf III comes equipped with full power accessories, keyless entry, and 15-inch alloy wheels. This model also boasts a sunroof, a trip computer, and an eight-speaker sound system. With the TDI version, Volkswagen offers a sport-tuned suspension, along with a lower ride height to give it more of a sports car-like driving experience and additional technological devices.

Under the hood, the Golf III comes equipped with a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine in the 2.5L model. This engine pairs with a five-speed manual transmission standard, though a six-speed automatic system provides another option. With the TDI Golf III, Volkswagen installs a 2.0-liter turbo diesel four-cylinder engine. This trim level offers more efficient fuel economy.

Volkswagen Golf III Evolution

It’s easy to see where Volkswagen found its good ideas for the 2012 model of the Golf III. This model has been in its third generation since 1991 and has undergone several changes in that time. For American buyers, the Golf III didn’t make it to the shores until the 1993 model year. As it turns out, the delay resulted from some quality control issues in the company’s Mexico-based plant. Since this plant supplies the U.S. and Canada, Volkswagen chose to delay the release of the Golf III until it resolved issues within the plant.

Much like the 2012 version, the previous versions offer the consumer plenty of choices and a reliable car. As a used car, consumers will find unique powertrains such as the 2.8-liter VR6 engine offered with the 1992 edition. Also popular, the 16-valve version arrived on the scene in the 1993 model year.

Overall, most industry experts see the Volkswagen Golf III as an excellent investment for those looking for a used car purchase. It has proven to be reliable and easy to drive.

Select a Volkswagen Golf III Year

1995 Volkswagen Golf III

Compact, Hatchback, Sports

The Golf III is one of Volkswagen's best-selling model lines.