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Equipment

3.5 out of 5 3.5

Used car buying: Volkswagen Golf trim and equipment

Volkswagen Golf (2004-2008) used car buying guide

Standard equipment, even on entry-level models, is generous, with all MkVs getting dust and pollen filters, remote central locking and heated mirrors, as well as comprehensive safety kit in the form of front, side and full-length curtain airbags, along with hydraulic brake assist and an ESP system with an electronic differential lock. No wonder, then, that it scored an impressive five stars in the EuroNCAP crash tests.

The S trim added standard air-conditioning, while the SE (later Match) has alloys, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, and body coloured bumpers and trim. The GTs got front fogs, dual zone climate control, bigger alloys and a firmer suspension.

GTIs will either have leather or the traditional tartan check interiors. Some owners complained that the MkV didn’t feel quite as well screwed together as past Golfs, and there have been reports of annoying rattles from the dash and switchgear on early examples.

It’s worth avoiding cars with scruffy cabins and frayed seat bolsters, as it’s never as easy as you think to make them look smart. Also, check that the air-conditioning is blowing cold air, because the compressors are a known weak spot and replacing one with the cost of specialist labour could cost the best part of £1000.

Corrosion shouldn’t be a huge issue, although some cars are showing signs of rust around the front and rear wheelarches, the tailgate lip, the sills, the rear chassis box areas and the front and rear roof seams, so it’s important to give these areas a thorough inspection.

Volkswagen Golf (2004-2008) used car buying guide


Volkswagen Golf equipment summary

All models come with ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, ESP stability control, driver and front passenger front airbags, head airbags for front and rear passengers, Isofix child seat mounting points, an immobiliser and remote central locking, semi-automatic air conditioning, front electric windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, a CD player, height and reach adjustable steering column and driver's seat height adjustment.

Higher specification models get features such as climate control, rain sensors, automatic lights, cruise control and a multifunction computer. There's plenty of optional extras on offer too including larger alloy wheels, xenon lights, leather upholstery, iPod connectors and sat nav.

Volkswagen Golf R32 features and equipment

Every Golf R32 comes with:

  • 4MOTION four-wheel-drive
  • ABS with brake assist
  • electronic stability programme
  • five-three-point seatbelts
  • five head restraints, driver and front passenger airbags
  • front and rear curtain airbags
  • side airbags
  • Isofix child seat mountings
  • remote central locking
  • alarm and immobiliser
  • blue brake callipers
  • two-zone climate control
  • air conditioned glovebox
  • CD stereo
  • automatic lights
  • all-round electric windows
  • electrically-heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • multifunction computer
  • auto-dimming rear mirror
  • split/folding rear seats
  • R32 instrument cluster with logo
  • leather steering wheel
  • aluminium gearknob and foot pedals
  • 'Monte Carlo' cloth upholstery
  • R32 styling pack (unique front and rear bumpers
  • aluminium-look front grille and diffuser)
  • xenon headlamps
  • darkened rear light clusters
  • rear spoiler, twin exhaust pipes
  • 18-inch alloy wheels and sports suspension

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (04-08).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

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
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

BlueMotion Match equipment

BlueMotion Match standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
BlueMotion Match optional equipment
None available

BlueMotion S equipment

BlueMotion S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
BlueMotion S optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
GT optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

GT Sport equipment

GT Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
GT Sport optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

GT Sport [Lthr] equipment

GT Sport [Lthr] standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
GT Sport [Lthr] optional equipment
None available

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
Match optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Full size spare wheel

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
None available

Safety

4.5 out of 5 4.5

This generation Golf was the first Volkswagen to achieve a top five-star Euro NCAP crash test result. In addition, every car has twin front airbags passenger, driver and front passenger side airbags, head airbags, anti-whiplash protection, five three-point seatbelts and Isofix child-seat anchor points.

All cars have an alarm, immobiliser and a stereo that's unique to the car, as well as a key that's difficult to copy.

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (04-08) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Pedestrian - 3 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4 out of 5 4.0

The Golf's boot space is larger than before and as a result it's more than capable of coping with everyday family life. There are cupholders in all models and plenty of handy, well-thought-out storage space including deep door pockets and a large central cubby.

A 'storage pack' is available too that includes a flip-down sunglasses pouch, cupholder and bottle opener.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (04-08) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Honda Civic Hatchback (06-11) 485 litres
Nissan Qashqai (07-13) 410 litres
Ford Focus Hatchback (05-11) 385 litres
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (04-08) 275 litres

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