2003 Volkswagen Golf Overview


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GL 1.9 TDI
4 national listings
Avg. Price: $5,315
GL 2.0
Avg. Price: $5,001
GL 2.0 Sedan
Avg. Price: $5,381
GL 2.0 TDI sedan
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $7,529
GLS 2.0
Avg. Price: $5,086

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Average User Score

4.45 stars

Based on 30 reviews

My Golf by Brendan
 — I love it because its from a very reputable company. Its of a solid build, and is very reliable. It sits firmly on the road and has good control and manouverability and takes bends well. It has a goo... Read More
Perfect Combination Of Performance And Fuel Efficiency... by George
 — I loved this car, in fact I loved it so much I had hard time letting it go even though I was trading it for a Mercedes. Diesel engines are my weakness. The TDI engines sold in Canada and USA between '... Read More
Excellent Good All Round Performing Car by Brendan
 — I chose the golf 1.9 tdi because I wanted a good solid, reliable and fuel efficient car, and I got every one of the listed. Its downside is the lack of style and mod cons in the inside. But to me, the... Read More

2003 Volkswagen Golf Overview

Overall User Score

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2003 Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback was available in two basic trim packages for 2003. The Golf GL came in either a two-door or a four-door version, with either a 115-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine or a 90-hp, 1.9-liter diesel engine with the TDI (turbo direct injection) feature. The four-door, higher-end Golf GLS, meanwhile, was available with the same two engines. A five-speed manual transmission was standard equipment, while a four-speed automatic was optional.

The big news for 2003 was that both the GL and the GLS came with expanded lists of standard features. The GL received power windows, a CD player, and cruise control as added standard equipment for the model year. Air conditioning, power door locks, dual airbags, anti-lock brakes, and a tilt/telescopic steering column were some of the other features available on the GL. The GLS received a power sunroof as standard equipment for the first time.

Drivers seemed to most appreciate the "fun" factor associated with the Golf, and also cited its value, handling, peppy power, and safety features as positive points. On the downside, reliability and quality-control issues were noted by some drivers.


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