$14,900 - $17,070
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
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GL Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$14,900 - $17,070
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Tested
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
22-42 City / 29-49 HWY

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Mechanical Features

  • 2.0L SOHC SMPI I4 engine
  • 1.9L SOHC EFI I4 turbo-diesel engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Clutch/starter interlock
  • 4-speed electronically controlled adaptive dual mode automatic transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • Engine braking control (EBC)
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Independent torsion beam axle rear suspension
  • Front/rear coil springs/telescopic shock absorbers/stabilizer bars
  • (5) P195/65HR15 all-season tires
  • 15" x 6" steel wheels w/full wheel covers
  • Full-size spare wheel/tire
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes (front vented)
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • 14.5 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Body-color bumpers w/black lower section
  • Body-color body-side moldings
  • Body-color grille
  • Clear lens halogen headlights
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Body-color heated mirrors
  • Tinted glass
  • Vehicle speed sensitive intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper/washer system w/intermittent wipe feature

Interior Features

  • Fully reclining velour front bucket seats w/adjustable headrests, front seat height adjusters, folding front center armrest
  • 60/40 split/fold rear seat w/height-adjustable head restraints
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Center console-inc: rubber lined rear compartment w/rear beverage holder & ashtray
  • Console/trunk mounted pwr outlet
  • New dash-mounted retractible front cup holders
  • 4-spoke padded steering wheel w/height-adjustable telescopic steering column
  • Theft-deterrent steering column
  • Blue backlit instrumentation-inc: speedometer, tachometer, trip odometer, temp/fuel gauges, low fuel/washer fluid warning lights
  • Anti-theft vehicle alarm system
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Central pwr locking system-inc: auto pwr door locks, selective unlocking from front doors
  • Remote fuel door/trunk releases
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear heating/air cond ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • Premium AM/FM stereo w/cassette-inc: anti-theft coding, CD changer control, 8-speakers
  • Roof mounted whip antenna
  • Front door storage pockets
  • Open door warning/courtesy lights
  • Integrated armrests in door panels
  • Dual covered illum visor vanity mirrors
  • Third center sunvisor
  • Front/rear passenger assist handles
  • Interior dome light w/time delay
  • 2-front/2-rear reading lights
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Fully lined carpeted luggage compartment-inc: removable cover, trunk light

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system
  • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags
  • 3-point front/rear seat belts w/height adjustment & emergency locking retractors
  • Child-safety rear door locks
  • Collapsible steering column
  • Anti-intrusion side door guard beams
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dual tone horn

2001 Volkswagen Golf Owner Reviews

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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.

- Tommy M

Preventative maintenance is key

2001 Volkswagen Golf GL

Runs great, I would just like to buy a new vehicle. We are the original owner and the car has been taken care of. As long as you take care of the vehicle and do preventative maintenance on it, you never have to worry about it breaking down on you. If I bought another car, I would still keep mine. It has 201,000 miles and runs great!

- Jason S

2001 Silver Volkswagen Golf (4 Door)

2001 Volkswagen Golf GL

My car is older, so bear that in mind, but I love the way it performs in general. It gets great gas mileage and is very comfortable to drive. I left off one point here because as it ages, the trim starts to melt and get sticky and there is some foam coming out of the air vents. Great car new, but needs more maintenance as it ages.

- Megan T

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