Volkswagen Golf GL (1996)

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1996 VOLKSWAGEN GL

by Tom Hagin

The Volkswagen Rabbit is the car brought compact front-drive to the U.S. mainstream over 20 ago. Since then, the car market has become fiercely and VW’s newest small car the Golf, is recapturing some of the Volkswagen lost to the Japanese and recently, American compacts. It so by marketing it as a roomy car with a price, and lots of extras.

— Look closely and see a vague family resemblance the new Golf and the boxy Volkswagen of 20 years ago. VW stylists massaged its rough edges and it a tidier and a more updated by softening its angles, raking the and trunk lid, and extending its over the roof line for entry. The Golf sedan’s hatchback design provides of versatility, as it carries four comfortably, and it can double as a pickup for hauling duties with the of the rear seat.

Full wheelcovers and twin mirrors are standard equipment, as is glass, body-color bumpers and a bodyside rub strip. Despite its look, a small rooftop spoiler houses a high-mounted lamp and gives the car a sporting

INSIDE — Practicality is a virtue, which translates to of space inside. Four adults can find a comfortable and a fifth can be seated in a pinch. Its front bucket seats are in stylish fabrics, accented colorful checks — a VW touch.

The dashboard layout is curved and its ventilation knobs are simple to while soft rubber-covered wrap the controls for the outside and window cranks. The addition of a airbag eliminated its glovebox year, but one has been added for and it compliments an ample number of cubbies scattered about the A dash-mounted central locking enables the unlocking of the doors, hatch and windows and is new this as is a standard-equipment anti-theft alarm. no-charge items include an rear window defogger, wiper/washer, intermittent wipers and a clock.

Our test vehicle came an optional power glass along with air conditioning and an cassette stereo.

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ON THE ROAD Standard Golf power via a 2.0 liter inline four engine which gives 115 and 122 lb-ft of torque. Geared for driving and economy, its gentle is a disappointment to performance aficionados, but cruising is the Golf’s strong At highway speeds, its engine at low rpms, which explains the highway miles per gallon we Yet with a quick downshift, was plenty of power left for

The optional four-speed automatic zaps some of this however, but still offers drivability and more convenience. drivers wanting more should consider the Golf VR6 which features a 172-horse V6 five-speed manual transmission and control as standard equipment.

THE WHEEL — The Golf predictable and agile on winding and its front-wheel-drive layout works to pull it through corners. Its consists of MacPherson struts up supported by coil springs, and a rear axle, also coil springs. Front and anti-roll bars help the ride during spirited although just like VW models of the past, its inside wheel lifts from the in tight, abrupt corners.


There is considerable body as well, but its power-assisted rack-and-pinion is quick to respond and provides road feel. Golf’s front disc and rear brakes can be fitted with an anti-lock braking system Our test car was so equipped.

SAFETY All Golf models are fitted dual airbags, side-impact (which meets 1997 standards), daytime running and emergency tensioning retractors for the seat belts. ABS is optional.

— We recommended ABS at $775, and air at $860 more. Its premium system adds $485 and the is $590.

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Volkswagen E Up! – Electric Car 60kW Auto
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