Golf Mark IV (1998 – 2004)
The Golf that saw out the last millennium, the fourth in the line, was far from being the best. It still had plenty going for it though, including a highly decent interior and a good reputation for durability.
Despite all the other recent shenanigans, when it comes to the actual cars themselves, Volkswagens have always had a well earned reputation for reliability and high quality. The Mark IV however suffered from a number of problems during its lifetime. That’s not to say it was a bad car, but it experienced more than its fair share of issues over the six year run.
The Mark IV was certainly a safe car, with a quality feel. The doors closed with a satisfying thud, and the switches and buttons inside the cabin were well appointed. The interior had a touch of class about it and it was comfortable on the move, without perhaps having the sparkle of some other hatchbacks like, say the Ford Focus.
There were a wide range of engines available, from the sporty 1.8T to the economical TDI diesels, offering something for everyone.