2004 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review: A car that feels great to own

2004 Volkswagen Golf - Consumer Review

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GL TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4-cyl. Turbo Diesel 5-speed Manual)

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A car that feels great to own and drive
By SoyDiesel on


2004 Volkswagen Golf GL TDI 4dr Hatchback (1.9L 4cyl Turbodiesel 5M)


The Golf TDI's high-tech, extremely fuel-efficient engine (with plenty of torque), a great array of standard trim and safety features, and the overall quality of design and build all combine to make this an excellent choice for anyone looking for a compact car that's both fun and economical to drive. With the rear seats down, there's impressive cargo space for a compact car, and even with them up it's a comfortable sedan for 4 adults. Plus, you can get all of this AND do the environment a favor by running on biodiesel fuel - either at 100% or blending with petroleum-based diesel in any ratio you choose. I wanted a 4DR hatchback with >40MPG for <$20K, and this car was the best choice!

Best Features

Fuel economy (43 MPG around town), solid build, excellent road handling, ergonomic and comfortable interior, abundant torque at low speeds, impressive CD stereo sound, cool panel and interior lighting, ample cargo space.

Worst Features

AM radio component is poorly designed; even strong-signal stations sound distorted, especially on voices, as if they're not precisely tuned-in. This problem was acknowledged by VW America's president in a USA Today interview. So fix it already! Also, drop the cassette player, add MP3 CD capability
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