(3.8) 4 reviews
MSRP: $1,773$5,793
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 27-45
Engine: 115-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2002 Volkswagen Golf

Our Take on the 2002 Volkswagen Golf

Our Take

Stronger engines are going into Volkswagen’s sporty GTI hatchback, which gets a model realignment for 2002. The GLS and GLX trims are gone, but the available 1.8-liter turbocharged engine gains 30 horsepower and is now rated at 180 hp. A five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission — sa... Read Full Report


Our Expert Reviews

The rules of performance have certainly changed. Hot cars used to be big and brassy, mostly with monster V-8s that bellowed and roared while smoking the back tires.Or else sexy, streamlined sports cars, mostly from Europe, that swept around curves and raced on weekends.The Volkswagen Golf GTI is basically a box with a hatchback. But it also has an attitude and the power to back it up. This is ... Read full review for the 2002 Volkswagen Golf

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Cool, reliable, fun and great gas mileage!

by David B. from Key West, FL on September 25, 2006

The VW Golf GLS is truly a great car. It is the perfect combination of fun, cool, reliability and economy. Not only does this car NOT waste gas, but it NEVER breaks down. You will NOT spend alot fo... Read Full Review

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A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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There are currently 7 recalls for this car.

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