1986 Volkswagen Golf Overview

Golf

Looking for a Used Golf in your area?

CarGurus has 2,896 nationwide Golf listings starting at $1,495.

ZIP:
Average user score
4.3 5 stars
Based on 19 reviews

1986 Volkswagen Golf Overview

It's not particularly fast, and without its doors and windows, this boxy sports hatch might resemble a golf cart, but the 1986 Volkswagen Golf is not named for the Scottish-born pasttime. Rather, it's an abbreviated version of Golf-Strom, or Gulf Stream, meant to conjure up images of exotic European sophistication and not necessarily overweight businessmen in plaid pants and sweater vests.

Why the lengthy and seemingly irrelevant intro? Because there were few changes to the 1986 Volkswagen Golf hatchback, aside from the addition of a high rear brake light. Roomy and comfortable for four, this 2-door or 4-door hatchback was labeled a compact car, rather than a subcompact, and the extra legroom was well appreciated, whether transporting friends or family (or golf clubs). Both hatchbacks sported a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder, 85-hp engine standard or 1.6-liter, 52-hp diesel engine, coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission. If not the fastest car or the most beautiful car on the block, it was certainly the most practical and budget-conscious, boasting fuel economy of at least 27/34 mpg. And it lasted forever, with some drivers reporting they've owned their Golf for up to 20 years. Few options on the inside make it a Spartan personal car, but those buying the Golf are probably looking more for reliability and affordability, and the 1986 Golf delivers on these criteria.

Other favorite features that owners enjoy are the crisp handling and tight cornering. The 1986 Golf gives a lot of pleasure behind the wheel and offers easy maneuverability. Some drivers wish it had a bit better acceleration and horsepower.

Updated

What's your take on the 1986 Volkswagen Golf?

  • Report
Have you driven a 1986 Volkswagen Golf?  
Rank this car

Cars compared to 1986 Volkswagen GolfPeople researching a 1986 Volkswagen Golf contacted a dealer about

Golf

Looking for a Used Golf in your area?

CarGurus has 2,896 nationwide Golf listings starting at $1,495.

ZIP:
Have questions?   Ask a question

Volkswagen Golf Questions

bgvw
0

Have An 86 Golf Cabro. Starts But Will Not Remain Running. Runs About 3-5 S...

checked fuel pump fuse, OK. appears to not be getting fuel. cuts out after starting.

11 views with 2 answers (last answer 7 months ago)
CelyV
0

I Have An 86 Volkswagon Golf (not Diesel) It Was Running Fine For A Year Th...

19 views with 2 answers (last answer about a year ago)
dinobear88
0

Is This Worth It?

1986 VW GOLF FLAT BLACK, 5 SPEED , 87XXX MILES , CLEAN TITLE , RUNS GOOD.A/C. there is no rust and only problems i see visibly is a few tares on the drivers seat. asking he is asking 2400 or best offe...

116 views with 4 answers (last answer 3 years ago)
pamw
0

What Oil To Use In Vw Golf

Hi, I have a VW Golf GL 1.6 1986 petrol car. What oil should i use in it? Thanks Pam

402 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 years ago)
Golfing
5

I Have A Transmission Aspect, That Appear Like The Gear Shift Dismounted F...

I started my driving and I shifted and it felt like the drive and the shift seperated from each other.

92 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 years ago)