1993 Volkswagen Golf Review By Paul Dean — Volkswagen Golf III

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Volkswagen Golf III

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By Paul

With its new generation Golf and Volkswagen has come within a and a whisker of reinventing the Beetle.

neither compact reverts to the friendlier ’50s when the People’s Car cost $1,500 and you motor from Miami to New on $9.75 in gas.

On the other these latest offspring of Porsche’s firstborn offer more than their 20 horsepower and a top speed that topped Man o’ War.

to the first and latest eras of however, remains the enormous of a quality-built, small, well-equipped, comfortable yet highly practical car for a wide public.

In addition, the duet of Golf and Jetta a bonus known to all who ever relationships with Bugs and The security of a mechanically simple, vehicle that promises to rolling as long as there is gas in the a road to follow and rubber on the

It took long enough. by production problems at Volkswagen’s plant, lazy development of a new transmission, then a strike, it seemed Golf and Jetta miss their own birthdays.

But they’ve made it before the year petered. Public doesn’t seem to have First drives should any fears set by false starts.

At a when the affordable is pretty and anything admired usually is more than we can afford, the following:

* The hatchback Golf its third generation, and based on the 1974 Rabbit—sells for a miserly of $11,600. The notchback Jetta in 1980 and slightly better than Golf—is still $12,800.

* On both cars, include four-wheel disc theft alarm, eight-speaker system and power locks.

a whole lot more—and of noticeably quality—than available with in the compact class. And a few dollars still keeping Jetta’s below $15,000—buys air conditioning, transmission, a power glass and an upgraded sound system.

* The engine is a 2.0-liter, inline developing 115 horsepower that much stronger than its It’s also more than any car in the category, including Civic and Ford’s Escort.

* for highway gas consumption in the low 30s per gallon, Volkswagen tradition and nearing the of larger motorcycles.

* Important conveniences ride Golf and Jetta and again, the is rarely the stuff of such cars.

There’s a logic to the sunroof that is fumble-free it mimics roof movements. a coded radio—with a CD jack—coupled to the system; a rear seat can be locked to prevent trunk height adjustment for the driver’s a service display that oil change remin ders; windshield wipers with pauses to match nature’s from drizzle to downpour.

* And for not interested in financing a mechanic’s in Provence, the standard power-train for Golf and Jetta is 10 years or miles. Plus free for two years or 24,000 miles. 24 months of 24-hour roadside


Still, there are flies in all enticement.

The first run of 1993 and Jettas are not equipped with air only the quasi-passive restraint of with separate latches for lap and straps.

Dual bags will be on 1994 cars due for delivery month. Such dribbling of equipment may again be blamed on a trying to writhe free of sales and executive heaves—including heavy-duty accusations of industrial involving a purchasing chief who from GM.

Pedal placement—particularly a manual transmission wher the is frequent—requires revision.

In some pedals rise from Others poke horizontally firewalls. On Golf and Jetta dangle down from in the murk beneath the dashboard, a hefty gap between pedal and the Even larger loafers often slip off the gas pedal, an errant, casual hoof miss the brake pedal

Yet Golf and Jetta—those names off the German for Gulf Stream and jet wise buys of modest, styling that is enduring and endearing. Rather like bears and gray kittens. the combination of looks for then, now and the future has been decided and desirable, just leave it

There’s also completeness these Teutonic Twins—the III, a four-door hatchback, a two-door version in the pipeline; the III, a sedan, with a 172-horsepower GLX inbound for fall.

Even the basic engine is without being busy. The compartment—a cage of energy-absorbing zones and steel supports doors and dashboard—increases the sense of safety.

A braced body is stiffer, more rigid. wheels, wider radial with a lower profile, and a competent suspension give the car a set on the road.

The feel, especially on far from straight and level, is satisfying—that of a larger, much (say $20,000) vehicle.

steering and suspension are several removed from street levels, Golf and Jetta well. They are surprising deft in tight corners and the transmission isn’t afraid of work in lower gears for getaways. The four-speed automatic, is a bit of a bore that dawdles moving from rest and is to snooze standing upduring of mid-range acceleration.

Volkswagen Golf III

The new, interiors are much less The dashboard flows and curves and is to the eye. Large instruments and air vents are mildly hooded. controls will seem to pudgier fingers, but you couldn’t heater and air switches even if boxing gloves.

There are more cup holders than most car pools cups. We must presume in a five-place car, two riders coffee and juice.

Fabrics and in the lighted trunk—are inexpensive appearing cheap. Seats are although those dumb do little to keep a body rocking and flapping. Trying to the car with a shoulder strap hooked to the window frame is a optional maneuver on any obstacle

Some may see a comparison between and Beetles as arguing peaches and

Volkswagen sold more 20 million Beetles in the past 60 and long ago overtook the Model T as champion.

Yet i n its first 20 years, VW’s current dithers and slithers, Golf sales are 14 million and counting.

1993 Golf III GL and Jetta III GL

The Good of Beetle reliability, durability. value, long list of equipment. Engine feels sounder than numbers Heftier feel of heavier, expensive car.

The Bad No air bags on models. Dangling pedals.

The Ordinary styling comes

Cost Base: Golf, Jetta, $12,800. As tested: $14,505. Jetta, $14,830.

2.0 liter, 4-cylinder, developing 115

Type Front-engine, front-drive, sedan and hatchback.

Performance 0-60 m.p.h. as tested, automatic, 12.7 seconds. with 5-speed manual, 11 Top speed, estimated for both, 120 Fuel consumption, EPA city and hig Golf, 21 and 29 m.p.g. with Jetta, 23 and 30 m.p.g. with

Curb Weight Golf, 2,577 pounds. Jetta, 2,647 pounds.

Volkswagen Golf III
Volkswagen Golf III
Volkswagen Golf III
Volkswagen Golf III

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