On 9th September 2003, the new Golf - the fifth generation of Volkswagen's best-selling model - was to raise the bar in its class for technology, safety and dynamics. Compared with the Golf IV, there is a greater visual distinction in profile between three- and five-door models. With a 'kicked-up' rear side window, the three-door design is intended to convey a more sporty and dynamic message. The interior built upon the high standards set by its predecessor, with soft-feel slush-moulded plastics; high-quality switches; subtle use of chrome; fabric-covered A-pillars; plus blue instrument backlighting with red needles, a signature of the Golf IV. The latest Golf also set new standards by introducing 2Zone climate control and 4-way lumbar support within the line-up. In addition, ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) six airbags, AB; and five head restraints (including active head restraints for the front seats) were standard throughout the range.
Volkswagen Touran, Jetta, Golf Plus, Eos, Passat, Scirocco, Tiguan, Audi A3, TT, SEAT Leon, Toledo, Altea, Skoda Octavia
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