Used Volkswagen Golf Vehicles

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  • 2014
  • 89,000 km
  • Automatic
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  • 2014
  • 125,000 km
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  • 162,000 km
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  • 159,800 km
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Used VW Golf for Sale

For seven generations and more than 40 years, the VW Golf has played a major part in the driving habits of South Africans. So it comes as no surprise that Used VW Golf for Sale are some of the most test-driven and purchased vehicles in our inventory. And don’t just think it is the latest versions of the Golf which people ask for, because there is still a big demand for the Used MK1 Golf as well. In fact, South Africans have had an affinity to the VW Golf since it was first launched in the 1970s, so much so that we remained one of the only countries to continue to manufacture and sell the original Golf under the name of “Citi Golf” for decades after it was discontinued everywhere else.

The Long Love Affair With the VW Golf:

Let’s take a closer look at the various iterations of the VW Golf on sale in South Africa since the 1970s, and to start off we’ll dive right into the current impressive generation of the VW Golf which is one of our top sellers:

7th Generation MK7 VW Golf
2012 – Today

Revealed to an unsuspecting public at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the MK7 VW Golf was slightly larger than its predecessor, but weighed up to 100 kgs less (depending on the engine and transmission type). It was launched in South Africa with five trim levels, these being:

  • The VW Golf Trendline
  • The VW Golf Comfortline TSI
  • The VW Golf GTD
  • The VW Golf GTI
  • And the VW Golf R

Late in 2016, a facelifted Volkswagen Golf was launched, and it was dubbed the Golf MK7.5. It is this vehicle which is currently sold in South Africa!

Did You Know? The most powerful Golf in the current MK7 range is the top of the line Golf R. This VW is truly R-rated thanks to its turbocharged TSI 7-speed DSG® engine which pushes out an immense 228kW of explosive power.

7th Generation MK7 VW Golf at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.0 L petrol
  • 1.2 L petrol
  • 1.4 L petrol
  • 1.5 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.8 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 1.6 L diesel
  • 2.0 L diesel
  • Please Note: Not all engine types are available in South Africa.

Transmission

  • 5/6-speed manual
  • 6/8-speed automatic
  • 6/7-speed DSG dual-clutch

Wheelbase

  • 2,637 mm

Length

  • 4,255 mm

Width

  • 1,799 mm

Height

  • 1,452 mm

6th Generation MK6 VW Golf
2008 – 2012

Launched in 2008 to much fanfare, the Golf MK6 used the same build platform as the MK5, but was a decidedly different vehicle to the previous Golf generation. For starters, it was more aerodynamic than its predecessor, which improved fuel efficiency and suppressed exterior noises during driving. Thanks to some clever engineering innovations and design decision made by Volkswagen’s chief designer Walter de’Silva the MK6 was cheaper to build than the previous Golf MK5 and these cost savings were passed on to the consumer.

The Mk6 Golf was made available with both 5 and 6-speed manual transmission options as well as, a choice of 6 or 7-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) which came with a Dual Clutch.

Did You Know? Thanks to its extensive safety features the MK6 was voted as the Top Pick for the 2012 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Awards in the United States.

6th Generation MK6 VW Golf at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.2 L TSI
  • 1.4 L
  • 1.4 L TSI
  • 1.6 L TDI
  • 2.0 L TDI
  • 2.0 L TSI
  • 2.5 L
  • Please Note: Not all engine types are available in South Africa.

Transmission

  • 5/6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 6/7-speed DSG

Wheelbase

  • 2,578 mm

Length

  • 4,199 mm
  • GTI: 4,213 mm

Width

  • 1,779 mm

Height

  • 1,479 mm
  • GTI: 1,469 mm

5th Generation MK5 VW Golf
2003 – 2008

The Golf MK5 hit the global market in 2003, and like all previous models, it was a massive success during its 5-year sales run. This version of the Golf was assembled in South Africa as well as in Germany and Mexico, and this helped to boost its sales thanks to favourable pricing in South Africa and abroad.

In 2007 a 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine with front-wheel drive was introduced, and it is this version of the Golf MK5 which is still very much in demand more than a decade after it was discontinued.

Did You Know? In a comparison test which was a test conducted in 2006 by Car and Driver Magazine, the VW Golf (under the VW Rabbit Nameplate) was announced as the winner when it competed against 7 other vehicles in its class. It was highly praised for its “excellent driving position, fine instruments, and strong engine”. One judge even went as far as saying “This one is all about driving a pleasure, so it wins”.

5th Generation MK5 VW Golf at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.4 petrol
  • 1.6 petrol
  • 2.0 petrol
  • 2.0 16v Turbo petrol
  • 2.5 petrol
  • 3.2 VR6
  • 1.9 TDI
  • 2.0 SDI
  • 2.0 TDI
  • Please Note: Not all engine types are available in South Africa.

Transmission

  • 5/6-speed manual
  • 6-speed
  • 6/7-speed DSG

Wheelbase

  • 2,578 mm

Length

  • 4,204 mm
  • GTI: 4,216 mm
  • R32: 4,246 mm

Width

  • 1,759 mm

Height

  • 1,479 mm
  • GTI: 1,469 mm
  • R32: 1,465 mm

4th Generation MK4 VW Golf
1997 – 2003

Introduced in 1997, the Golf MK4 went on to become one of the top-selling VW vehicles of its time. It was also one of the most finely tuned, as a number of high-performance models were introduced over its 5-year production run (although not all were sold in South Africa). These included the 3.2-litre VR6-engined four-wheel-drive Golf “R32”, the 2.8-litre VR6-engined “Golf V6 4Motion”, as well as the popular Golf 1.8T (Turbo) which offered some very exciting driving experiences.

Did You Know? This version of the Golf continued to be sold as an entry-level vehicle in Canada until 2010. It was sold under the “Golf City” name, which was derived from the naming of the original City iGolf right here in South Africa after the MK1 Golf was discontinued. You can read more about the CitiGolf and Golf MK1 below! The Mk4’s popularity and low cost also allowed it to remain in production in Brazil, Argentina and 5 other countries for a long time after the model was discontinued elsewhere. It did, however, undergo some minor cosmetic changes to ensure a more modern look.

4th Generation MK4 VW Golf at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.4L
  • 1.6L
  • 1.8L
  • 2.0L
  • 2.3L VR5
  • 2.8L VR6
  • 3.2L VR6
  • 1.9 SDI
  • 1.9 I4 TDI
  • Please Note: Not all engine types are available in South Africa.

Transmission

  • 4-speed automatic
  • 5-speed Tiptronic
  • 5/6-speed manual
  • 6-speed DSG

Wheelbase

  • 2,512 mm
  • R32: 2,517 mm

Length

  • 1999–2002 GTI/Golf: 4,148 mm
  • 2003-06 GTI/Golf: 4,188 mm
  • R32: 4,176 mm

Width

  • 1,735 mm

Height

  • 1,440 mm
  • R32: 1,425 mm

3rd Generation MK3 VW Golf
1991 – 1997

Slightly larger than the the previous two versions of the VW Golf, the MK3 was launched in August 1991. In 1992, shortly after it was launched, the Golf MK3 was voted as the European Car of the Year, beating out the likes of the impressive Opel Astra and the popular Citroën ZX (this was not sold in South Africa).

The MK3 was sold in North America and parts of South America as an entry level car, although it did have a few extra standard features added to it such as air conditioning and a few safety improvements.

Did You Know? The MK3 was the first version of the Golf to offer a Turbocharged Direct Injection (TD) diesel engine. It was also the first version of the Golf to have a 2.8-litre VR6 engine as a powertrain option as well. Both of these engines changed the way the VW Golf was perceived by the driving public and moved the Golf from an entry-level vehicle with a first-time vehicle owner appeal to hot hatch with a more sporty appeal.

3rd Generation MK3 VW Golf at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.4 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.8 L petrol
  • 2.0 L petrol
  • 2.8 L VR6 petrol
  • 2.9 L VR6 petrol
  • 1.9 L diesel
  • 1.9 L TDI
  • Please Note: Not all engine types are available in South Africa.

Transmission

  • 4-speed automatic
  • 4/5-speed manual

Wheelbase

  • 1991-95: 2,471 mm
  • 1996-99: 2,474 mm

Length

  • 4,074 mm

Width

  • 1,694 mm

Height

  • 1991-95: 1,422 mm
  • 1996-99: 1,428 mm

2nd Generation MK2 VW Golf
1983 – 1991

Bigger in terms of wheelbase, exterior and interior dimensions, the MK2 VW Golf still retained much of the visual identity of the Golf MK1, just with a more modern (for the time) style.

The MK2 Jetta (which was essentially the sedan version of the Golf) was also based on the same design, and both vehicles broke numerous sales records during there 7 years of sales in South Africa

Did You Know? The Mk2 VW Golf saw the introduction of the now iconic GTI with a 1.8-litre 8-valve fuel-injected engine. There was also a 16-valve GTI added to the range in 1985 and this beast of a vehicle was capable of hitting speeds of more than 220 km/h, which made them very popular in South Africa. So much so that they became something of a status symbol for speed enthusiasts in the country.

2nd Generation MK2 VW Golf at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.0 L petrol
  • 1.3 L petrol
  • 1.6 L petrol
  • 1.8L petrol
  • 2.0L petrol
  • 1.6 L diesel
  • 1.6L turbodiesel
  • Please Note: Not all engine types are available in South Africa.

Transmission

  • 4/5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic

Wheelbase

  • 2,470 mm

Length

  • 3,985 mm − 4,054 mm

Width

  • 1,665 – 1,700 mm

Height

  • 1,415 mm

1st Generation MK1 VW Golf
1974 – 1983

The one and only VW Golf MK1 was the first generation of Golf which was designed and sold by Volkswagen to be a successor to the iconic Beetle. Originally designated as the VW Type 17 when production started in March 1974, the name was changed to Golf when sales officially began two months later in May 1974.

There were numerous MK1 Golf Derivative Models released during its 9-year production run, some of which are still regular sights on South African roads. These included:

  • The very first Golf GTI Models
  • The VW Caddy Pickup (Bakkie)
  • The first Jetta (the sedan version of the Golf)
  • The Golf Cabriolet
  • And the Golf GTD

The Volkswagen CitiGolf was built and sold exclusively in South Africa between 1984 and 2009. By the end of the production run in 2009 there were 6 versions of the CitiGolf available, which were:

  • CitiRox 1.4i
  • CitiRox 1.6i
  • CitiSport 1.4i
  • CitiSport 1.6i
  • TenaCiti 1.4i
  • CitiStorm 1.4i

Did You Know? The name of the Golf is believed to have been derived from the German word for the Gulf Stream current which is “Golfstrom”. It is also rumoured to have been the name of a Volkswagen executive of the times favourite horse. No matter where it originated, however, the one thing that can be confirmed is that other candidate names for the original MK1 Golf included “Blizzard” and “Caribe”.

1st Generation MK1 VW Golf at a Glance

Power Train

Engine

  • 1.1L petrol
  • 1.3L petrol
  • 1.5L petrol
  • 1.6L petrol
  • 1.7L petrol
  • 1.8L petrol
  • 1.5L diesel
  • 1.7L diesel
  • 1.8L diesel
  • Please Note: Not all engine types are available in South Africa.

Transmission

  • 4/5-speed manual
  • 3-speed automatic

Wheelbase

  • 2,400 mm
  • Pickup: 2,625 mm

Length

  • 3,705 mm – 3,815 mm
  • Pickup: 4,380 mm

Width

  • 1,610 mm – 1,630 mm
  • Pickup: 1,640 mm

Height

  • 1,395 mm – 1,490 mm

Volkswagen Golf FAQ’s

Q: How many MK7 Golf Trim Levels are available in South Africa?
A: There are five Golf Trim Levels available in the current generation (MK7) of Golf sold in South Africa! These are the Trendline, the Comfortline TSI, the GTD, the GTI and the R.

Q: Does the VW Golf have Cruise Control?
A: Yes it does, however in some trim levels it is an optional extra. Please chat to one of our Group 1 Sales Team to find out more about the specs of the vehicle you are interested in on this page.

Q: Does the VW Golf have a sunroof?
A: As with most vehicle models we sell a sunroof is an optional extra in most trim levels, however in the higher trim levels a sunroof does come as standard. Chat to our sales team to find out more!

Q: What is the top of the current Volkswagen Golf Range?
A: The top of the VW Golf Range is the Golf R! It comes with a host of luxury and safety features and it puts out 228 kW of power and 400 NM of torque.

Used VW Golf Prices

With 7 generations of Used Golf Vehicles still very much in demand in South Africa, as well as a number of model variants unique to South Africa (such as the Citi Golf), there are a lot of different Used VW Golf Prices out there! Here at Group 1 however we specialise in only the latest Used VW Golf Models released during the current, and sometimes previous, vehicle generations. This means you will regularly find the following Golf Year Models on our brick and mortar showroom floors, as well as here on our online showroom:

  • 2018 VW Golf
  • 2017 VW Golf
  • 2016 VW Golf
  • 2015 VW Golf
  • 2014 VW Golf
  • 2013 VW Golf

Please note that our Used VW Golf Prices are based on the age, mileage, trim level, condition (both physical and mechanical) as well as a number of other factors. When trading a vehicle in, these factors will also influence the Book Value of the VW Golf a customer is interested in selling.

If you are interested in purchasing an older generation of Used VW Golf, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will help source the Used Golf you are looking for. If you would like to chat to us about your Used VW Golf needs, then call us on:

Used VW Golf in the Western Cape

Used VW Golf vehicles of all ages are still bought and sold in Cape Town and other areas of the Western Cape on a daily basis. Even the demand for Used VW Golf MK1 Cars is still there, which means if you’re looking for a specific Used Golf who better to contact than Group 1 Pre-owned in:

Group 1 Pre-owned in Kuils River
Tel:
021 900 5200

Group 1 Pre-owned in Stellenbosch
Tel:
021 887 6900

Group 1 Pre-owned in Knysna
Tel:
044 302 2600

Used VW Golf in Gauteng

The VW Golf has long been a status symbol in Johannesburg, especially the iconic Golf GTI, which is why we at Group 1 in Gauteng have a wide range of model variants available for you to test drive and purchase. Visit us at one of two Johannesburg based Group 1 Showrooms to find the right Used VW Golf for your needs:

Group 1 at The Glen
Tel:
010 593 4393

Group 1 in Midrand
Tel:
011 312 2678

Used VW Golf in the Eastern Cape

When searching for a Used VW Golf in the Eastern Cape there is no better showroom than our Pre-owned Group 1 Showrooms based in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage! Please call us to discuss any of the Used VW Golf for Sale on this page on:

Group 1 in Port Elizabeth
Tel:
041 994 1800

Group 1 in Uitenhage
Tel:
041 994 1800

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