A great beginner car: efficient, reliable, fun ride.
2001 Volkswagen Golf GL
It is fairly reliable as long as fluids and scheduled repairs are performed, none of which are very expensive I might add. The comfort of the car is quite nice for how small of a vehicle it is, you would expect a car of its size, a tiny hatchback to feel cramped but on the contrary there is plenty of headroom even for the tallest passengers. There is plenty of back seat head room. The car seats a total of five people however at maximum capacity the car can feel somewhat sluggish with it is little two liter. Trunk room in the car is adequate, while its not going to be hauling large couches and dressers it is surprising what you can transport especially if you lay the back seats down. The car is front wheel drive and its steering is known for feeling 'mushy' but I never had an issue with it. The lower end gl model does not have any features like cruise control or heated seats so that is something to keep in mind when buying, it is pretty bare bones. Some common problems of the mk4 2.0 are spark plugs, (wearing out quicker than they probably should).
Catalytic converters wearing out and clogging up, electrical wiring issues, clear coat peeling. Not a bad car but I personally wish I would have bought a tdi model or a speedy gti but as a beginner's first car or as a reliable cheap commuter it is a fun ride.