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Volkswagen Golf GL Car Review

NRMA Motoring Date: 26 1997

Right from its way back in 1976, the VW Golf has been synonymous with build quality, longevity, road manners and efficiency in and operation.

Over the past few Golfs have gained new of sophistication and equipment and have enjoyed increased popularity, overseas and here on the Australian

Now the 1997 models have and the news is extra equipment for no in price. The base 1.8 litre CL has gained two extra doors, the 2.0 litre GL gets cruise and rear head restraints. models lost the glove box dual airbags became but it has now been re-instated.

There are also less changes such as better of the pedals, and suspension re-tuning.

a year ago, Volkswagen the price of the manual 3-door CL from $26,990 to $24,990 and now the features and convenience of five are available for that reduced The manual GL model currently $29,990. A year ago it was $30,490.

equipment on the CL Golf includes the airbags, pre-tensioner front belts. central locking, an immobiliser, power steering, split folding rear and a stereo radio/cassette.

The GL adds electric windows, mirrors and the previously mentioned control and rear head Anti-lock brakes are available for the GL CL) at $1,990, while air conditioning is priced at $1,990 on both

Specification and test results in report are for the GL model; the CL was tested in 1996 (see report 287).

Other models in the Golf range are the 2.8 litre VR6 for and the 2.0 litre Cabriolet at $48,990. transmission (an adaptive unit matches gear changes to driving styles) costs an $2,100 on all models.

The Golf is one of the few in which I don’t need to use all of the seat travel, which is as well, as rear seat leg is fairly cramped. Head is good in the front and reasonable in the

The seats themselves are rather and hard, but the Golfs compliant at least partly compensates for the seating, so that overall rates as satisfactory.

Luggage is quite good; the usefully and wide load area is by the effective folding rear

With its larger capacity and higher power output, the GL the CL model against the clock, but both engines share the very good flexibility and low response. This makes quite pleasant to drive, the need to constantly be changing

Damp test track showed up understeer under and oversteer if you backed off suddenly, but in road conditions the Golf to be a capable and secure handler, no nasty vices detected.

The damp conditions extended the distances during emergency tests when front locking was experienced (the ABS would have been Generally though, the brakes well up to their task. In all I’ve driven in the past or so, the brake pedal has had a rather longtravel action and this can be until you get used to it.


With its responsive performance and secure, confident the Volkswagen Golf is a pleasing car to drive. It has the characteristic solid of a German-built car and the new and revised features in the models have enhanced cars’ appeal.

Though the GL has traditionally been the volume of the Golf line-up, I’ve got a the latest CL version could it. After all, the CL now offers the five door convenience as the GL and a not-to-be-sneezed-at saving of $5,000. In you lose out on a little power, and items such as power and mirrors, and rear head but for my money, the CL is still appealing to rate as the best buy in the Golf

Test vehicle supplied by Australia.

By NRMA Motoring, 1997.

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