Specification

   
  • Manufacturer Volkswagen
  • Production 6.8 million units
    1974–1984
    1974-present (South Africa)
    1980-1995 (Cabriolet)
  • Designer(s) Giorgetto Giugiaro
  • Also Called Volkswagen Rabbit
    Volkswagen Caribe
    Volkswagen CitiGolf
    Volkswagen Cabriolet
    Volkswagen Caddy
  • Assembly Wolfsburg, Germany
    New Stanton, Pennsylvania, United States
    Uitenhage, South Africa
    Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
  • Body style(s) 2-door convertible
    3-door hatchback
    5-door hatchback
    2-door pickup truck
  • Class Small family car, subcompact
  • Successor Volkswagen Golf Mk2
  • Engine(s) All markets except USA/CDN/Japan
    Petrol engines:
    1.1L 50 PS (49 hp/37 kW) I4
    1.3L 60 PS (59 hp/44 kW) I4
    1.5L 70 PS (69 hp/51 kW) I4
    1.6L 75 PS (74 hp/55 kW) I4
    1.6L 110 PS (108 hp/81 kW) I4 (GTI)
    1.8L 112 PS (110 hp/82 kW) I4 (GTI/GLI)
    Diesel engines:
    1.5L 50 PS (49 hp/37 kW) I4
    1.6L 54 PS (53 hp/40 kW) I4
    1.6L 70 PS (69 hp/51 kW) I4 TD
    USA/CDN/Japan:
    1.6L 60 hp (45 kW) I4 (Pickup)
    1.5L 70 hp (52 kW) I4 (MY 1975)
    1.6L 71 hp (53 kW) I4 (MY 1976)
    1.6L 78 hp (58 kW) I4 (MY 1977)
    1.5L 71 hp (53 kW) I4 (MY 1978/79)
    1.5L 62 hp (46 kW) I4 (MY 1980)
    1.6L 76 hp (57 kW) I4 (MY 1980)
    1.7L 74 hp (55 kW) I4 (MY 1981/82)
    1.7L 65 hp (48 kW) I4 (MY 1983/84)
    1.8L 90 hp (67 kW) I4 (GTI MY 1983/84)
    Diesel engines:
    1.5L 48 hp (36 kW) I4 (MY 1978-80)
    1.6L 52 hp (39 kW) I4 (MY 1981-84)

    1.6L 68 hp (51 kW) I4 (MY 1983-84)
  • Transmission(s) 4-speed/5-speed manual,
    3-speed automatic
  • Height saloon: 1395 mm (54.9 in),
    Cabrio: 1412 mm (55.6 in),
    Pickup: 1490 mm (58.7 in)
  • Length 3705 mm (145.9 in),
    later 3815 mm (150.2 in),
    USA 155.3 in (3944.6 mm),
    Pickup: 4380 mm (172.4 in)
  • Width 1610 mm (63.4 in),
    later 1630 mm (64.2 in),
    Pickup: 1640 mm (64.6 in)
  • Wheelbase 2400 mm (94.5 in),
    Pickup: 2625 mm (103.3 in)
  • Kerb Weight 790 kg (1741.7 lb)
    −970 kg (2138.5 lb),
    USA 1,750 lb (790 kg)
    −2,145 lb (973 kg)
  • Layout FF layout
  • Platform Volkswagen Group A1 platform
  • Predecessor Volkswagen Beetle
  • Related Volkswagen Jetta,
    Volkswagen Caddy,
    Volkswagen Scirocco

The history of the Volkswagen Golf MK I

   

Type 1950s 1960s 1970s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Economy car . . . Beetle (Type 1) . . .
Supermini       Polo I . . .
      Derby I . . .
Small
family car
      Golf I . . .
    Type 3  
Large
family car
    Type 4  
    K70 (NSU) Passat I . . .
Coupé   Karmann Ghia Scirocco I . . .
    Type 34 Karmann Ghia VW-Porsche 914  
Utility vehicle     Type 181 Kurierwagen/Trekker . . .
Type 1980s 1990s 2000s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
City car     Lupo Fox
Supermini ... Polo Mk1 Polo Mk2 Polo Mk2F Polo Mk3 Polo Mk3F Polo Mk4 Polo Mk4F
... Derby Mk1      
Small
family car
... Type 1 (Beetle)     New Beetle
... Golf Mk1 Golf Mk2 Golf Mk3 Golf Mk4 Golf Mk5 Golf Mk6
... Jetta Mk1 Jetta Mk2 Vento Bora Jetta Mk5
Large family car Passat I Passat II Passat III Passat IV Passat V Passat VI
Exec. luxury car       Phaeton
Coupé ... Scirocco I Scirocco II     Scirocco III
  Corrado     Passat CC
Convertible . . . Golf Mk1 Cabriolet Golf Mk2 Cabriolet   Golf Mk3 Cabriolet   New Beetle Cabriolet
      Eos
Compact
MPV
      Golf Plus
      Touran
Large MPV     Sharan
Off-roader (SUV)       Tiguan
      Touareg
Type 1950s 1960s 1970s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Economy Beetle (Type 1)  
Compact     Fastback / Squareback (Type 3)   Rabbit I
      Dasher
Mid-size     Type 4  
    K70 (NSU)  
Coupé   Karmann Ghia Scirocco I
Convertible Beetle Convertible
  Karmann Ghia Convertible  
Van Microbus (Type 2 - T1) Microbus (Type 2 - T2)
Utility       181 Thing / Safari  
Type 1980s 1990s 2000s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Subcompact   Fox / Fox wagon    
Compact Rabbit I Golf II Golf III Golf IV Rabbit V
Jetta I Jetta II Jetta III Jetta IV Jetta V
Dasher     New Beetle
Mid-size   Quantum Passat III Passat IV Passat V Passat VI
Full-size       Phaeton  
Coupé Scirocco I Scirocco II Corrado     Passat CC
Convertible Rabbit Convertible Cabriolet   Cabrio   Eos
      New Beetle Convertible
Van Vanagon (Type 2 - T3) Eurovan (T4)   Routan
Pickup Rabbit LX      
Compact SUV       Tiguan
Luxury SUV       Touareg Touareg 2
Type 1980s 1990s 2000s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Economy
car
Gol / Parati (I) Gol / Parati (IF) Gol / Parati (II) Gol / Parati / Gol Country (III) Gol / Parati / Gol Country (IV)
Voyage / Gacel (I) Amazon / Senda (IF)   Polo Classic (Mk3)  
Supermini       Fox / CrossFox
      SpaceFox / Suran
Supermini       Polo (Mk4) Polo (Mk4F)
Small
family car
    Pointer Golf Mk3 Golf Mk4  
  Apollo Logus   Bora Vento / Jetta
Large
family car
Passat I     Passat III Passat IV Passat VI
  Santana / Carat / Quantum  
Panel van     Caddy III  
Pickup truck   Saveiro (I) Saveiro (IF) Saveiro (II) Saveiro (III) Saveiro (IV)

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