Volkswagen Golf (2004–2008)

Model History

March 2004

Volkswagen launches Golf MkV

Dimensions 4,204mm x 1,759mm x 1,483mm high, so bigger than Mk IV with more head and legroom inside. Engines include 75PS 1.4, 90PS FSI 1.4 FSI, 115PS 1.6FSI, 75PS (chain cam), 1.9TDI, 140PS 2.0TDI 16v, 150PS FSI 2.0, 185PS 2.0T, 175PS V5, 240bhp 3.2 V6 and possibly a 175bhp V5 TDI. 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearboxes.

Multi-link rear suspension. Launched at Frankfurt Show in autumn 2003, with RHD UK sales from February 2004. Was equal European car of the year 2004. UK on sale date January 30th 2004. 2.0 FSI, higher output engines, automatics and Direct Shift Gearbox delayed until late June early July 2004. 1.6 FSI could be had with a 6-speed torque converter 'Tiptronic' autobox (not a DSG).

5-speed manual transmission 1.4, 2.0SDI and 1.9TDI; 6-speed manual on 1.6FSI, 2.0 TDI and 2.0FSI. 6-speed Tiptronic option on 1.6FSI and 2.0FSI. 6-speed DSG option on 1.9 TDI and 2.0 GT TDI from Spring 2004.

January 2005

New Golf GTI

New GTI in UK from January 2005. Has 2.0 litre 200PS direct injected petrol engine taking it 0-60 in 7 seconds and on to a top speed of 147. Torque of 207 lb ft produced on flat curve from 1,800 - 5,000rpm. 17" or 18" wheels. DSG box available. 3 or 5 doors. List price from £19,995 and from £21,320 for DSG. Buyers can customise a car to their own spec when ordering. Customers can configure their own vehicle, which is then given a Unique Reference Number (URN). This can then be printed off and taken to their nearest Volkswagen retailer where the order is processed. Golf V GTi named Top Gear Car of the Year. 4-Motion versions from February 2005. 150PS FSI 4-Motion 5-dr £19,450. 140PS TDI 4-Motion 5-dr £19,780.

GTI Mk V 2.0 T-FSI 197 (200PS) 146mph, 0-60 6.9
GTI Mk V 2.0 T-FSI (Edition 30) 227 (230PS) 152mph, 0-60 6.5
GTI Mk V 2.0 T-FSI (Pirelli) 227 (230PS) 152mph, 0-60 6.5

April 2005

Specification changes and price cuts. Golf S models now have climatic air conditioning as standard. Golf SEs 5-drs gain rear electric windows and a convenience pack of see you home home lighting with automatic headlights on; automatic dimming rear view mirror; rain sensor; and front footwell illumination. Golf GT FSI/TDI gets Climatic semi-automatic air conditioning fitted instead of Climatronic.

June 2006

New engines from summer 2006 include supercharged/turbocharged CHAIN CAM 140PS 1.4 TSI petrol, supercharged/turbocharged 170PS TSI petrol and 170PS 2.0 TDI PD. TSI 170 manual geared 25mph/1,000rpm in 6th and drives very well with up to 40mpg economy. TSI 170 DSG geared 30mph/1,000rpm in 6th and not so good.

TDI PD 170 gruff with mismatched gear ratios. Not very pleasant to drive. Prices TSI 140 from £15,995, 39.2mpg combines, 169g/km CO2. TSI 170 from £18,095, 38.2mpg, 175g/km. The turbo is watercooled and the cooling continues after you switch off, so no need to idle a hot turbo. 1.4 TSI developed up to 240PS and won the 1.0 to 1.4 International Engine of the Year category 2006 and 2007.

September 2006

SE replaced by Match at £380 less. Has SE spec plus 15" Canberra Alloys, body coloured bumpers, side strips and door handles, leather trim steering wheel and gear knob and hand brake grip, front centre armrest MFSW and a MP3 connector. From £14,995, but heavily discounted via brokers.

October 2006

Limited Edition of 1,500 Golf GTI Edition 30 with 230PS 2.0TFSI engine and 6-speed manual or DSG. 0-60 in 6.3 seconds with DSG, 6.5 seconds with manual. 150mph top. Body-coloured side skirts, new chin spoiler and body-coloured rear bumper. 18" ‘Pescara’ alloys. Golf ball gearknob. Deliveries from January 2007. £22,000 for 3-dr and £22,500 for 5-dr. DSG adds £1,330. Very quick. Works well with DSG.

February 2007

Volkswagen has developed an evolution of its pioneering DSG gearbox. The new seven-speed system – a world first and codenamed DQ200 – uses a pair of dry clutches in preference to the six-speed version’s twin wet clutches. This increases efficiency and performance over the wet clutch six-speed system. The six-speed DSG gearbox, introduced in 2003, uses a pair of clutches submerged in oil. The new seven-speed gearbox adopts a pair of dry, organic bonded friction linings that do not require cooling, making the drivetrain more efficient through the extra ratio and the fact that less power is required for the gear selection and clutch servo system. Measuring only 369 mm in length and weighing only 79 kg including the dual-mass flywheel the gearbox is remarkably compact. These modest proportions mean it can be applied to models from the Polo right up to the Passat and, in its current form, it is capable of coping with power outputs of up to 170PS and 250Nm torque. In adopting seven-speeds, Volkswagen engineers were able to lower first gear to improve acceleration from a standstill. By contrast seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive function making it ideal for motorway driving with the additional effect of raising economy and comfort levels. The volume of oil contained within the gearbox has also been reduced by 75 per cent. The oil circuits are split into two in an effort to protect the lubrication’s purity. As with a conventional manual gearbox, one of the circuits is used for cooling and lubrication of the gear teeth, the second feeds oil to the gear actuators. Since the clutch does not require cooling the quantity of oil was reduced from seven litres in the six-speed DSG gearbox to only 1.7-litres in the new seven-speed system.
Production of the DQ200 gearbox started at the end of the 2007 with its first application in the UK in the Golf and mated to the 1.4-litre TSI petrol and 1.9-litre TDI diesel engines.

March 2007

Golf GT Sport replaced both Sport and GT. Darkened grille section intersected by horizontal fins and darkened headlights which visually separate the lenses into four, individual units. 17-inch multi-spoke ClassiXs alloys with 225/45 R17 tyres. Twin chrome exhausts on 170 PS. Leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake, front sports seats, automatic light sensing headlights and rain sensing wipers.

Climatic air conditioning, CD stereo with eight speakers and electric windows. Six airbags, ABS and ESP. 1.4-litre TSI petrol engines with 140PS or 170 PS, or 2.0 170PS TDI. Six-speed manual or DSG transmissions, three or five doors. Deliveries from summer 2007. From £17,422 for three-door with 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS engine, rising to £21,352 for five-door with the 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS engine with DSG transmission.

September 2007

Golf BlueMotion offering 62.8 mpg (4.5 l/100 km) fuel consumption and 119 g/km CO2. 1.9 TDI engine with 77 kW / 105 PS and 250 Nm (184 lbs ft) of torque. Software in engine management reduces the idling speed combined with a particulate filter and simultaneously improves its emission performance. With longer gear ratios in third, fourth and fifth gears, engine speed levels are also lower while driving. Trimmed and flow-optimized underbody as well as nearly enclosed radiator grille. To ensure that the TDI engine still gets enough cooling air, the Golf BlueMotion has an effective dual fan. cW improved to 0.30. Light-running tyres, size 195/65 R15, optimized for rolling resistance and driven at higher air pressure. Top speed electronically limited 190 km/h (118 mph).

December 2007

Volkswagen replaced its 1.6-litre FSI petrol engine with a new CHAIN CAM 1.4 TSI fitted only with a turbocharger rather than both turbocharger and supercharger. Power is 122PS and torque 200 Nm (155 lbs ft) delivered from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. Choice of 6-speed manual or new 7-speed DSG transmissions. Combined consumption of Golf 44.8 mpg for the new 1.4-litre TSI. C02 down to to 149 g/km (139g/km with 7-spd DSG ). Production of the DSG from the beginning of 2008, while manual models available to order from late October 2007.

TUV 2008 Report for cars 2 - 3 year old. After analysing seven million main inspections from 194 different models for over 160 criteria – including lights, brakes, chassis, exhaust and oil-loss – Coming in third and fourth were the VW Golf and Ford Fusion (2.2 percent each), and the Honda Jazz (2.3 percent).

Golf TDI Hybrid Geneva March 2008. Volkswagen engineers rose to the challenge of creating a viable, highly-efficient family vehicle capable of emitting less than 90 g/km of CO2 by creating the Golf TDI Hybrid concept, a car which combines an advanced 1.2-litre 75 PS diesel engine with an electric motor and the very latest generation of seven-speed DSG gearbox. It is capable of achieving 83 mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 89 g/km of CO2 – while around town the vehicle reverts to purely electric mode to be emission-free.

What does a Volkswagen Golf (2004 – 2008) cost?

List Price from £23,900
Buy new from £20,095
Contract hire from £169.20 per month