3-door/5-door 4-seater hatchback.
VW's great leap forward, displacing the old Beetle from German factories. Chunky hatchback style by Giugiaro, with transverse four-cylinder water-cooled engines and front drive. As unlike Beetle as possible - with good looks, practical accommodation, excellent handling and performance. Diesels (in the UK from 1978) were a revelation - smooth and unsmelly. Hugely popular and deservedly so, but the GTI (see below) was the real trend-setter. Now replaced by the larger Golf 2.
1093cc/1272cc/1457cc/1470cc/1588cc/1470cc Diesel/1588cc Diesel (S4 Tr OC)
Front engine, front-wheel drive
1974 to 1983
10,000,000 Golfs, all types, by late 1980s