The 2000 Volkswagen Golf is a hatchback and station wagon that was launched by the German automaker in 1997. It is part of the fourth generation of the Golf series and has the internal designation Mk4. The fourth-generation Golf is notably significant for starting a new trend by Volkswagen to target a larger audience. More specifically, it targeted the more affluent customers by making the Golf more upmarket. As a result, the 2000 Volkswagen Golf bridges the gap between mainstream, low-cost, utilitarian cars, and premium cars.
Body Styles: hatchback, station wagon
Engines: 2.0-liter I-4, 1.8-liter I-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Golf GL, Volkswagen Golf GLS, Volkswagen Golf 1.8T, Volkswagen Golf GL TDi, Volkswagen Golf GLS TDi
The 2000 Volkswagen Golf is now available with a brand new engine: the 1.8-liter straight-four engine used in the Golf GLS. The car also gets a number of equipment updates for this particular model year. New additions to the 2000 Volkswagen Golf include child safety seat anchor points, glare reduction shade band, sun visor extenders, brake wear indicator light in the instrument panel, tether to the fuel cap, and a theft-deterrent system that immobilizes the engine. All models of the 2000 Volkswagen Golf can be fitted with an in-dash CD player and changer from the dealer. The GLS model comes with an optional premium monsoon stereo sound system instead of a standard eight-speaker system.
The Golf uses the Volkswagen Group A4 platform with a front-wheel-drive system. The car is available in three different exterior systems: a three-door and five-door hatchback and a five-door station wagon. The 2000 Volkswagen Golf has a wheelbase of around 99 inches and a length of 163.3 inches. It has a width of 68.3 inches, and a height of 56.7 inches.
The 2000 Volkswagen Golf is more spacious than most other subcompacts and hatchbacks in its class. In fact, the interior space available in the Golf can be compared to that of larger sedans like the Honda Civic. The controls and gauges are logically arranged in a simple layout, and many of them have a very useful backlight system that make them easier to spot and operate at night. The only exceptions are the climate and audio controls, both of which are mounted so low that it's difficult to access when driving. The front seats offer a generous amount of legroom and headroom and are a little more spacious than a Honda Civic. Even models with the sunroof attached are exceptionally spacious, and the seats itself is comfortable and supportive.
On the other hand, the rear seats are more or less average for a car of its class. Headroom and legroom are just about enough to keep an occupant shorter than six feet comfortable, but it is next to impossible to cram three people in the rear bench. The 2000 Volkswagen Golf offers one of the highest amounts of cargo space in its class. In fact, the space available in the Golf is more than the trunk space of a Honda Civic sedan. The Golf also adds a little hatchback versatility by fitting 60/40 split-folding rear benches and a 12-volt power outlet for the cargo space.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Volkswagen Golf is available with two engine options. The base engine is a two-liter, straight-four engine that delivers 115 horsepower. It is available with the GL and GLS models. The other models get the new 1.8-liter, turbocharged, straight-four engine that delivers 150 horsepower. All models are available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The base straight-four engine available in the 2000 Volkswagen Golf is more or less underpowered. It fails to deliver enough acceleration, and the lag in response is problematic. However, the 1.8-liter, turbocharged engine does offer a lively performance and gives the engine adequate acceleration with zero lag.
The Golf comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. There are no government crash test results available for the 2000 Volkswagen Golf.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen Golf, automatic: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Golf, manual: 24/31 mpg city/highway
- Fun to drive
- Lots of cargo space
- Comfortable interior
- Loaded with features
You Won't Like
- Some controls are difficult to reach
- Underpowered base engine
A sport hatchback at a bargain.
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