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The Volkswagen Golf: Ageing with Grace


The Volkswagen Golf: Ageing with Grace

Volkswagen recently celebrated the birthday of the iconic Golf, marking an impressive 40 years of production! The Volkswagen Golf has been industry-leading since inception, retaining the top spot for the high end, small luxury hatchback, whilst keeping industry rivals firmly on their toes.

 

Volkswagen Golf
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The Golf has changed dramatically over the years, but maintains a strong reputation for aesthetically pleasing design and a gratifying drive.

In this blog post we take a look at the Volkswagen Golf and how it has developed over the past 40 years.

 

Volkswagen Golf MK1

Volkswagen Golf GTI MK1
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With Aerodynamics clearly less of a pressing concern in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf MK1 hit UK showrooms in this very angular form. Considering the Golf was introduced to replace the Beetle, it’s strange that the soft round features unique to this other popular VW were nowhere to be seen. Not that anyone cared. Jump 2 years to 1976 and the MK1 GTI was unveiled, which is when the Golf really started to come in to its own.

 

Volkswagen Golf MK2

Volkswagen Golf MK2
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This Golf MkII was unveiled in 1983 and was manufactured right through to 1992. Back then Volkswagen preferred to make most changes under the bonnet rather than to the styling, although the MKII was slightly bigger and had a rounder body.
A major design change was about to take place however, and the Golf would begin to resemble something like the car we know and love today.

 

Volkswagen Golf MK3

Volkswagen Golf MK3
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In 1992, Volkswagen unveiled the Golf MKIII and really captured the nation’s interest. The new modern style and added versatility of being available in an estate version made this a huge seller. In fact there were around five million sold in the UK alone in the seven years it was in production.

 

Volkswagen Golf MK4

Volkswagen Golf MK4
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The MK4 was released in 1997 and this time there was a big change in styling. The car was bigger, pricier and posher with much softer edges that its predecessor. The 4th generation Golf added increased desirability and class into an already successful formula.

 

Volkswagen Golf MK5

Volkswagen Golf MK5
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2003 saw the release of the MK5 and what a beauty she was. This latest incarnation had an even larger, rounder chassis. Volkswagen worked tirelessly to refine the Golf and the results were a credit to the German outfit. This generation didn’t just lead the class, it created a league of its own.

 

Volkswagen Golf MK6

Volkswagen Golf MK6
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In 2008 Volkswagen released the Golf MK6. Although it looked very similar to its predecessor, those who upgraded did so as they felt it looked sharper and provided a style statement not concurrent with the MK5. Improvements in engineering allowed for increased efficiency in production and the notable styling changes on the bonnet around the lights provided added allure.

 

Volkswagen Golf MK7

Volkswagen Golf MK7
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The Volkswagen Golf MK7 is the latest generation of Golf and is the most impressive to date. Despite being wider and generally larger, this generation of Golf is watching its weight. Its actually lighter that its predecessor and more economical. When you look at the difference between this Golf and the MK1, its amazing just how much labour and love Volkswagen have devoted to their best seller.

 

So how did Volkswagen celebrate 40 years of Golf?

Volkswagen announced some very exciting news this year at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. The Golf R400 concept is now in its early stages of development with their famous R division!

The R400 is aptly named after its 400BHP engine, which we’re sure will provide an animal that is set to be a a favourite amongst the hardest of Golf fans. The performance hot hatch market is growing exponentially with many new contenders currently in development from various leading manufacturers.

We think you will agree that this could possibly be the best 40th celebration ever! Check out the video below for a better look at this awesome up and coming machine.

Let us know what you think about the Golf’s evolution in the comments!

 

The Future…

mk8
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The Golf MK8 is expected by 2017, but little is known about it currently, although noticeable visual changes are expected to be minimal. It is anticipated that the majority of changes will be internal or under the bonnet, with improved fuel-saving technology being heavily touted. We await with bated breath!

 

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