An abstract image showing different sections of VW Golf models through the years

The Golf Evolution

Discover the history of an icon

The Volkswagen Golf has forged its legacy by pushing boundaries, showcasing radical design, and giving drivers incredible performance. To celebrate its illustrious past properly, we’ve put together a comprehensive profile for each of the Marks. Take a deeper look into the history of the Golf, meet the people who made it happen, and learn about the events that shaped the times. Be sure to check back regularly as we’ll be publishing new profiles soon. 

Golf Mk1 (1974 - 1983): The birth of an icon

As 1974 dawned, Volkswagen was preparing to launch its ambitious replacement for the much-loved Beetle. The Golf was a revolutionary car during a time when revolution was in the air, but would the world be ready for it?

Golf Mk2 (1984 - 1992): Bigger, bolder, brighter

The Golf Mk2 launched when Britain and the rest of the world were experiencing dramatic changes. With so much going on, the Golf Mk2 faced a daunting challenge if it was going to cement itself as one of the country’s favourite hatchbacks.

A mural showing the Golf mark 3 alongside items from the 1990s

Golf Mk3 (1992 - 1998)

In early 1992, the world was diversifying fast as empires fell, social attitudes were transformed and technology reached around the globe. How could the Golf keep up with the rapidly changing demands of the time?

A mural showing the Golf mark 4 alongside items from the 1990s and early 2000s

Golf Mk4 (1997 - 2003)

As the 1990s drew to a close, change was still very much a running theme. The late Nineties would see a president impeached, the Good Friday Agreement signed, and an entirely new currency launched across the majority of a continent. With so much competing for people’s attention, how could the Golf MK4 make its mark?

A side profile shot of a red Mk 8 VW Golf Clubsport 45

The GTI story

Perhaps the reason the Volkswagen Golf GTI inspires such obsession is because it was born out of obsession. Here we take a look at where it all began and how far this icon has come.

Chandrin stands in front of his Golf GTI collection

Volkswagen Stories: Chandrin Katuwawala

Chandrin has had a love affair with the Golf GTI that stretches back years. We decided to return some of that love by giving him a GTI experience he’ll never forget.

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