1997 Golf

Consumer Reviews

1997 Volkswagen Golf

$1,390 - $1,582  MSRP Range
1997 Volkswagen Golf

Review Score

4.7 out of 5 stars

4.7

3 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
5 out of 5 stars Comfort
5 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.3 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.3 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.3 out of 5 stars Performance
4.7 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Commodious Economy Traveler

by comfort/economy/performnce devotee from Whidbey Island, WA on Wed Aug 28 2013

Between the Pacific Northwest and San Francisco is no short distance but with this car it proves to be comfortable, economical (between 32 and 39 mpg) and often negotiable. Golf be nimble, Golf be quick, Golf often goes beyond Candlestick. It is as a little truck in it's ability to take sizable loads and still be controllable, comfortable, nimble, fun and still not attract the gendarmerie. I often look for replacements but can't seem to divest myself of this little car's attractions, attitude and efficiency.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Better than New Golf

by driver from Washington, DC on Wed Feb 10 2016

My 97 golf has about 160K miles on it, so I wanted to buy a new car. But, after several months of search and test drives, I wasn't able to find any car of similar type that I liked better than this old golf, so I gave up and decided to drive it until it really dies someday. The engine is not as powerful as modern compact cars, but this golf is very light, about same weight as mazda miata. Interior material and design are superior to most new compact cars of these days. Rear windows are larger than modern golf and other compact hatchbacks. Driving this car is very enjoyable. Often I drive this car just for the sake of driving fun.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

racing

by vw from utica mi on Mon Nov 28 2011

best and fastes car you could ever have very fast and easy to sell. never in my life had i ever needed to put new parts in it also it has 300xxx miles and used it for racing and burnouts all my friends loved it and wanned one

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1997 Volkswagen Golf

We expected the Mercedes-Benz SLK to be better than it was, and the Volkswagen Golf to be worse than it was.

Golf will win no beauty contests. It is, to be frank, butt ugly. This is the second attempt to get folks to forget the Beetle. First try was the Rabbit. Now the Golf, which helps ease the pain that the Beetle is gone but doesn't erase it.

Take heart because the Beetle returns within a year or two, a modern version of the old Bug with air bags and anti-lock brakes and a heater and air conditioner and a gas gauge and . . . Hmm. Why did we like that old Bug?

The new Beetle, first shown as a concept car three years ago, will be unveiled "well before 2000," VW says, which only leaves... Read More