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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

It received a four-star Euro NCAP rating in 1998. There's ABS, driver, passenger and side airbags on all cars to complement its strong bodyshell. On the security front, all cars also get an immobiliser, remote central locking, and deadlocks, while SE and GTi versions have an alarm, too.

The Golf's small body makes it ideally suited to city living. It's also capable on the motorway and can motor at 70mph for hours on end. There's reasonable boot space - certainly enough for a family holiday if you're cunning with the packing. Inside, there's a world of hidden storage to discover, including cupholders and hidey holes for sunglasses and CDs etc.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (97-04).

  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Anniversary equipment

Anniversary standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control
Anniversary optional equipment
  • CD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows

E equipment

E standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control
E optional equipment
None available

Final Edition equipment

Final Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
Final Edition optional equipment
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
GT optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels

GTi equipment

GTi standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
GTi optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control
Match optional equipment
  • Central locking

R32 equipment

R32 standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
R32 optional equipment
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Rear electric windows
  • Traction control

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steel wheels
SE optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

V5 equipment

V5 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated mirrors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
V5 optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

V6 equipment

V6 standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control
V6 optional equipment
None available