- Volkswagen Golf Mk5
Infobox Automobile generation
name = Volkswagen Golf Mk5
aka = Volkswagen Golf V,
production = 2003–2009
Wolfsburg, Germany; Uitenhage, South Africa
Volkswagen Golf Mk4
Volkswagen Golf Mk6
body_style = 3-dr
layout = Front engine,
front-wheel drive/ 4motion four-wheel drive
platform = Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35) platform
engine = "
1.4L convert|55|kW|PS hp|0|abbr=on I4
1.4L convert|59|kW|PS|0|abbr=on I4
1.6L convert|75|kW|PS|0|abbr=on I4
1.6L convert|85|kW|PS|0|abbr=on FSI I4
1.4L convert|90|kW|PS|0|abbr=on TSI I4
1.4L convert|103|kW|PS|0|abbr=on TSI I4
2.0L convert|110|kW|PS|0|abbr=on FSI I4
2.5L convert|110|kW|PS|0|abbr=on I5 (
2.5L convert|125|kW|PS|0|abbr=on I5 (North America only)
1.4L convert|125|kW|PS|0|abbr=on TSI I4
2.0L convert|147|kW|PS|0|abbr=on Turbo FSI I4 (GTI)
2.0L convert|169|kW|PS|0|abbr=on Turbo FSI I4 (Ed30)
3.2L convert|184|kW|PS|0|abbr=on VR6 (R32)
1.9L convert|66|kW|PS|0|abbr=on TDI I4
1.9L convert|77|kW|PS|0|abbr=on TDI I4
2.0L convert|55|kW|PS|0|abbr=on SDI I4
2.0L convert|103|kW|PS|0|abbr=on TDI I4
2.0L convert|125|kW|PS|0|abbr=on TDI I4
transmission = 5-sp manual,
wheelbase = convert|2578|mm|1|abbr=on
length = Golf/Rabbit: convert|4204|mm|1|abbr=on,
width = convert|1759|mm|1|abbr=on
height = Golf/Rabbit: convert|1479|mm|1|abbr=on,
weight = convert|1323|kg|0|abbr=on to convert|1617|kg|0|abbr=on
fuel_capacity = convert|55|L|impgal usgal|1|abbr=on|lk=on
Audi A3, Audi TT, Volkswagen Touran, Volkswagen Jetta,
Volkswagen Golf Plus,
Volkswagen Eos, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Tiguan, Škoda Octavia
sp = uk
The fifth generation Volkswagen Golf Mk5 (VW "Typ 1K"), built on the Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35) platform was unveiled at the
Frankfurt Motor Showin October 2003 and went on sale in Europeone month later. To commemorate this, Wolfsburgwas renamed "Golfsburg" for a week.
North Americanmarkets in June 2006 rebadged with the revived Rabbit nameplate. [Motor Trend [http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suv/112_0610_2006_volkswagon_rabbit Newcomers: 2006 Volkswagen Rabbit] ] Most print ads for the Rabbit show the old badge (a running rabbit) with the phrase "It's back, at $14,990". TV ads show Rabbits chasing after each other with their numbers increasing until they fill the streets of a city, a take on the cliche "multiplying like rabbits".
In North America, where
SEATand Škoda are not marketed, Volkswagensought to revive their image on that continent as a value brand, and the pricing of the new Rabbit was a part of that strategy.
There will be no Cabriolet (
convertible) version of the Golf Mk5, as the Volkswagen Eoscoupé convertible (introduced in Spring 2006) will be marketed as a separate model, and the New Beetle convertible makes a Golf Cabrio redundant. The Eos does not share body panels with any other Volkswagen model, although it is based on the A5 Golf/Jetta platform.
The Mk5 is due to be replaced in 2009 by the Mk6 in Europe and the UK mainly caused by expensive production.Fact|date=June 2008 The U.S. may expect to see the Mk6 by 2011.
Design and engineering
While the interior quality of the previous
Volkswagen Golf Mk4startled rivals, and led most of them to up their game in revised/replacement models, the astonishing chassis and all round ability of the Mk1 Ford Focus startled Volkswagen (and indeed other rivals). In order to counter criticisms of the average dynamics of the previous model, it is widely reputed that Volkswagen poached from Ford the engineering teamFact|date=May 2008 who designed the multi-link "control blade" independent rear suspension system, widely the class benchmark for ride and handling. The suspension changes, along with careful tuning of the chassis, led to the Mk5 Golf delivering better road manners. However, this also sacrificed usable cargo space; despite this model's considerable increase in size over the outgoing model, its hatch volume is roughly 3 cubic feet less.Fact|date=June 2008
The bulletproof interior quality of the previous generation appears to have been lost, and although still of a very high standard and ahead of other rivals, the Golf no longer matches its in-house rival, the
Audi A3. Many believe the reason for this step back in quality, also seen in the Mk5 Passat of 2005, is to allow daylight between the marketing and price positioning of Audiand Volkswagen products. The previous generation Volkswagens were on a par with their Audi cousins.
The Golf 5 has proven expensive to buildFact|date=June 2008 - largely due to its uncommonly long 50-hour build time. Its replacement has been moved forward from the the previously stated 2009 in Europe to Autumn 2008, right after its official premiere at the
Paris Motor Showin September 2008.
Options for engines and transmissions vary from country to country, but the Golf Mk5 is available with 4-cylinder
petrol engines, and a new Pumpe Duse unit injector Turbocharged Direct Injection(TDI) diesel engine. Transmission options include manual, automatic, Tiptronic, and Direct-Shift Gearbox(DSG). North American-spec Rabbits use the same 2.5L five-cylinder gasoline engine that powers the Jetta and New Beetle in these markets (however, for 2008 this engine receives a power increase of convert|20|hp|kW|abbr=on and Auto ft.lbf|7|0 of torque, bringing the numbers to 170 and 177, respectively). North American transmission choices include a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with Tiptronicfor the Rabbit. Diesel engines have been unavailable on Rabbits, though they were offered through 2006 on the Jetta until tightening emissions regulations in the U.S. led to their temporary unavailability.
The GTI comes with VW's 4-cylinder 2.0L Turbo
Fuel Stratified Injection(FSI) which makes convert|200|PS|kW bhp|0|abbr=on|lk=on and convert|280|Nm|0|abbr=on|lk=on torque. Transmissions include a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG.
In September 2005, the Golf Mk5 GT was announced, which featured a choice of either 1.4 L petrol engine in
twincharger(TSI) configuration, or a 2.0 litre TDI. Both are available as convert|170|kW|PS bhp|abbr=on versions; while the diesel also is available as a convert|140|PS|kW bhp|0|abbr=on variant in the UK. The convert|170|PS|kW hp|0|abbr=on diesel has convert|350|Nm|0|abbr=on of torque, which is more than the range topping R32. The petrol engined offering contains the new Twincharger(TSI) engine, which is based on the recent Fuel Stratified Injection(FSI), but with a pair of chargers forcing the induction of the air. The chargers are a single superchargerthat disengages after a specified rev-range, at which point charging of the air is handled by a single turbocharger. This system benefits from both of the efficiency of the supercharger in the lower rev ranges, with the longevity of the turbocharger higher in the rev range. This results in no turbo lag, constant power delivery along the rev range, and better fuel efficiency than similarly powered V6 engine2.4 L due to its small size. Both petrol and diesel versions are also available with DSG ( Direct-Shift Gearbox). Performance figures for the petrol vehicle are 0-convert|100|km/h|abbr=on in 7.9s (6 speed) and 7.7s (DSG), with the diesel taking 8.2s, and both reaching top speed of convert|220|km/h|1|abbr=on. Volkswagen has no plans to sell the GT version in the US or Canada.
A booted/trunked version of the Mk5 Golf was spawned in 2004 and, as with previous incarnations of the Golf, it maintained its own identity, a practice long abandoned by most rivals. While the Jetta name has always remained in North America, the name made a return to Europe replacing the "Bora" name of the previous Mk4 Golf saloon. The Jetta name was also introduced to
Australiawith the Mk5, the Mk4 Bora being a slow seller there.
As with its predecessor the Mk5 Jetta features unique front wings,Fact|date=July 2008 front doorsFact|date=July 2008 and rear doors, so the only external panel shared with the Golf hatchback is the bonnet. As with all Golf-based saloons, the Jetta features a unique grille which is only shared with the contemporary Golf R32 (although the GLI variant has the Golf GTI's front end). Unlike all previous saloon variants however, the front lights were now shared with the Golf.
Because of the preference for sedans in the US market, the Jetta outsells the Golf by a ratio of 4 to 1. [Volkswagen of America, Inc - Newsroom [http://media.vw.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=10171 VOLKSWAGEN POSTS JUNE SALES INCREASE OF FIFTEEN PERCENT] ]
Mk5 Golf Variant
The latest generation of the Golf Variant, a Golf estate car/wagon, was presented in a world premiere at the International Geneva Motor Show (8-18 March 2007). It is to be sold in the
North American markets as the Jetta Sportwagen.
In December 2004, Volkswagen announced the Golf Plus variant of the Golf Mk5. It is convert|95|mm|2|abbr=on taller than the standard Golf, but convert|150|mm|2|abbr=on shorter than the other
compact MPVof the marque, the seven-seater Volkswagen Touran.
At the 2006
Paris Motor ShowVolkswagen released the new CrossGolf compact MPV, which is essentially an off-road version of the Golf Plus. It was developed by VW Individual division, which developed the Golf R32 and CrossPolo. The CrossGolf is only available in front-wheel driveconfiguration (like the CrossPolo), and is powered by two petrol engines 1.6, and 1.4 TSI, and two diesel engines, 1.9 TDI and 2.0 TDI, with outputs ranging from convert|102|PS|kW bhp|0|abbr=on|lk=on to convert|140|PS|kW bhp|0|abbr=on. In the UK this model is badged as "Golf Plus Dune" and sold with the 1.9 TDI outputting convert|105|PS|kW bhp|0|abbr=on.
The Golf Mk5 GT features a choice of either 1.4 L
petrol enginein twincharger(TSI) configuration, or a 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine. Both petrol and diesels are available as convert|125|kW|PS bhp|abbr=on|lk=on versions. The convert|170|PS|kW hp|0|abbr=on diesel has convert|350|Nm|abbr=on|lk=on of torque, which is more than the range topping R32. The petrol engined offering contains the new TSI engine, which is based on the recent Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI), but with a pair of chargers forcing the induction of the air. The chargers are a single superchargerthat disengages after a specified rev-range, at which point charging of the air is handled by a single turbocharger. This system benefits from both of the efficiency of the supercharger in the lower rev ranges, with the longevity of the turbocharger higher in the rev range. This results in no turbo lag, constant power delivery along the rev range, and better fuel efficiency than similarly powered 2.4 L V6 enginedue to its small size.
Both petrol and diesel versions are also available with
Direct-Shift Gearbox(DSG). Performance figures for the petrol vehicle are 0-convert|100|km/h|abbr=on in 7.9s (6-speed manual) and 7.7s (DSG), with the diesel taking 8.2s, and both reaching top speed of convert|220|km/h|1|abbr=on (136.7 mph).
The Golf GT features the same brakes as the Golf GTI, with convert|312|mm|abbr=on ventilated front discs, and convert|286|mm|abbr=on solid rears. It has also convert|15|mm|abbr=on lowered suspension, which lowers its centre of gravity, it borrows the GTI's suspension/damper settings, uses 7Jx17" "ClassiXs" alloy wheels fitted with wide 225/45 R17 tyres, and has twin exhaust outlets.
The Golf Mk5 GTI is hailed as a return-to-form for the progenitor of the genre. The Golf GTI features a 2.0 litre turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
petrol enginewith Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) direct-injection technology, which produces convert|200|PS|kW bhp|abbr=on|lk=on. It is available in both 3-door and 5-door hatchback body shapes, and comes with a choice of either 6-speed manual or a 6-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox(DSG) which greatly reduces shift timeto only 8ms. [web cite|url=http://paultan.org/archives/2006/06/26/vw-phases-out-automatics-makes-way-for-dsg/|title=Volkswagen makes way for DSG|accessdate=2006-08-11|publisher= Paul Tan]
The concept GTI was first shown to the public at the
Frankfurt Motor Showin 2003. The first production model was initially unveiled at the Mondial de l'Automobilein Parisin September 2004, and went on sale around the world shortly thereafter. At the Los Angeles Auto Showin January 2006, the GTI made its long awaited North American debut in 3-door guise (a 5-door variant has since become available), where it is marketed solely under the 'GTI' moniker, with no reference to the Rabbit. The new GTI has a considerable price increase over the previous model, mainly due to the features mentioned above, and the fact that the exterior itself had not seen such a dramatic design change in years. The price is further raised because it is built in Germany, unlike the Mk4 which was built in Brazil. The innovative DSG transmission and the convert|200|PS|kW hp|0|abbr=on TFSI engine all helped raise the retail price of the car. The Mk5 GTI was named 2007 Automobile of the Year by "Automobile Magazine", in December 2006. [web cite|url=http://www.automobilemag.com/features/awards/2007_all_stars/0702_2007_volkswagen_gti/index.html|title=2007 Automobile of the Year: 2007 Volkswagen GTI|accessdate=2008-07-20]
In late September 2005, the Mk5 R32 went on sale in Europe. It features an updated 3.2-litre
VR6 engineof that fitted to the previous Mk4 version, with an extra convert|10|PS|kW bhp|0|abbr=on|lk=on courtesy of a reworked inlet manifold. Maximum power is now convert|250|PS|kW bhp|0|abbr=on at 6,300 rpm; torqueis unchanged at convert|320|Nm|0|abbr=on but comes in 300 rpm lower down the rev range at 2800 rpm. It reaches an electronically-governed top speed of convert|250|km/h|1|abbr=on. Going from 0 to convert|100|km/h|abbr=on will take 6.5 s, reduced to 6.2 s with the Direct-Shift Gearbox.
Compared with the previous Mk4 R32, it is 0.1 seconds faster for the manual version, while the newer R32 is about convert|40|kg|1|abbr=on heavier. As with the previous R32; there is the
Haldex Traction-based 4motionpart-time four-wheel drivethrough 18" Zolder 20-spoke alloy wheels. Stopping the R32 comes in the form of blue-painted brake calipers with convert|345|mm|2|abbr=on discs at the front and convert|310|mm|2|abbr=on disks at the rear.
The Mk5 R32 was released in the US in August 2007.
GTI Edition 30
Following Volkswagen's successful 20th anniversary edition GTI (1996 in Europe, and 2003 for the North American market), and the 25th anniversary GTI (in 2001 for Europe only) models, Volkswagen marked the GTI's 30th anniversary by producing the GTI Edition 30.
Going on sale in November 2006 from £22,295 RRP, initially with a limited production run of only 1500 (Europe models), the Edition 30 was available in 6 colours; Tornado Red, Black, Candy White, Reflex Silver (Metallic), Steel Grey (Metallic) and finally Diamond Black (Pearl). The changes over the standard production model included a modified engine that produced an extra convert|30|PS|kW bhp|abbr=on|lk=on more than the standard convert|200|PS|kW bhp|abbr=on version, raising the output to convert|230|PS|kW bhp|abbr=on, giving rumour that it was faster in the dry and more powerful than the R32. Slight changes to the body work included body coloured side skirts and Votex front spoiler, colour-keyed rear bumper and tinted rear lights from the R32. Changes to the interior included a return for the golf ball shaped gear knob and silver "Edition 30" logo'd sill plates. Edition 30 seats were also decked out in the distinctive red stitching on the 'Vienna' leather and 'Interlagos' fabric mix. Red stitching was also added to the leather-covered steering wheel. Finally, dependent on the market and the options available the Edition 30 was available with 18" BBS originated 'Pescara' alloy wheels, or black versions of the 18" 'Monza II' alloy wheels. [Pescara and Monza are labelled 'Rockingham' and 'Detroit' respectively in the German market, Volkswagen Deutschland, Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 30 page, [http://www.volkswagen.de/vwcms_publish/vwcms/master_public/virtualmaster/de3/modelle/golf/golf0/ausstattungslinien/golf_gti_edition30.html ] , accessed 24 November 2007]
Performance was marginally improved: with 0-convert|100|km/h|abbr=on coming at 6.8 seconds (6.6 seconds for DSG-equipped models), and a top speed of convert|245|km/h|0|abbr=on (manual) or convert|243|km/h|0|abbr=on (DSG). [ Volkswagen manufacturer figures, Volkswagen UK, Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 30 page [http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/new_cars/golf_gti30] , accessed 24 Nov 07]
thumb|250px|left|GTI Mark 5 Fahrenheit Edition (2007)In October 2006, Volkswagen debuted a new Fahrenheit Edition of their GTI and GLI models at the
Playboy Mansion. These new models were the first special-edition versions of the GTI and GLI made available in North America, and the first of the new models arrived in dealers in the early March 2007.
Fahrenheit models of the GTI were distinguished by their Lamborghini Gallardo Orange paint job, special Fahrenheit badging, a commemorative plate placed on the steering wheel, body-coloured interior panels, orange stitching on the DSG boot, steering wheel, park brake handle and floor mats (from which the red GTI logo had been removed), as well as special gunmetal-colored 18" "Charleston" wheels. The Fahrenheit also came with a European tuned suspension.
The Fahrenheit GTI was available only with Volkswagen's DSG transmission. Only 1200 Fahrenheit GTI models were produced for the US (150 in Canada) and 1,200 GLIs (not available in Canada). US pricing started at $27,665.
This is a special edition GTI, developed by Volkswagen Individual, and destined only for the
European and Australian market [Volkswagen.com.au [http://www.volkswagengroupaustralia.com.au/GOLFGTIPIRELLI/ 2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli] ] . It was given the convert|230|PS|kW bhp|abbr=on|lk=on Edition 30 engine, instead of the convert|200|PS|kW bhp|abbr=on in the standard Mk5 GTI. It is equipped with 225/40R18 PirelliP-Zero tyres on titanium colored alloy wheels. It is available in 6-speed manual or an optional DSG gearbox.
It features leather sport seats with tyre tread marks down the centre. There is also a Pirelli logo on the steering wheel and head restraints. The exterior and valences are painted sunflower yellow. [Edmunds.com [http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=120846#4 Euro Sport: Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli] Date posted: 05-18-2007] [Automobilemag.com [http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/0705_2008_volkswagen_golf_gti_pirelli/index.html 2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI Pirelli] ]
Volkswagen unveiled the GTI W12-650 at the
GTI Festivalin Wörthersee, Austria, in May 2007. It was designed as a concept carand only one is known to be in existence. Unlike most concept cars, it is mechanically functional to the extent that it can be driven, however, due to the rushed build time of the car not all of its features are fully-functioning. The steering-wheel mounted paddle-shifters are not linked to the transmission, the emergency indicators are not functioning, and the heating and air-conditioning system of the car is not functioning due to the dashboard controls never being linked to the unit.
The car features a 6.0L W12 bi-turbo engine delivering auto PS|650|0, auto Nm|720|0 of torque, 0-auto km/h|100|1 in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of auto km/h|320|0 [web cite|url=http://www.vw.co.uk/company/press/jun07_gtiw12|title=Volkswagen Golf GTI W12 Set To Make UK Debut] . Physically, the W12 differs from the standard GTI. It is auto mm|70|2 lower and auto mm|160|2 wider, the rear seats have been removed to accommodate the
mid-engine designand the roof is made from carbon-fibre. The W12-650 achieved a time of 1:29.6 on BBC Top Gear’s "Power Lap" feature. Going to be in Production in 2010.
A VW Golf TDI Hybrid concept was shown at the March 2008
Geneva motor show. [ [http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/04/geneva-2008-volkswagen-golf-tdi-hybrid-concept/ Geneva 2008: Volkswagen Golf TDI Hybrid Concept - Autoblog ] ] The concept vehicle shown had a convert|74|hp three-cylinder TDI engine - probably the 1.4 litre used in the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion- mated to a convert|27|hp electric motor, and a seven-speed double-clutch DSG transmission. The electric power system is a Nickel-metal hydride batteryin the boot, and a regenerative braking system. An "energy monitor" display on the dashboard keeps tabs on what the powertrain is doing, and provides both a stop/start capability and a full-electric mode at low speed. The design also includes concepts introduced via BlueMotion, with smaller grill and thinner low-resistance tyres. According to Germany's Auto Bild, the car will get 69.9 mpg, and emit 90 g/km of carbon dioxide, less than the 104 g/km emitted by the Toyota Priusand 116 emitted by the Honda Civic Hybrid. [citeweb|url=http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/03/revealed-volksw.html|title=Revealed: Volkswagen's 69.9-MPG Diesel Hybrid|author=Squatriglia, Chuck|publisher=Wired.com|date=2008-03-03|accessdate=2008-05-24] The TDI Hybrid is expected to be marketed in Europefrom mid-2009. [citeweb|url=http://www.hybridcars.com/news/volkswagen-diesel-hybrid-pipe-dream.html|title=Volkswagen Diesel-Hybrid Golf, At What Price?|publisher=hybridcars.com|date=2008-02-29|accessdate=2008-05-24]
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn announced Golf Twin Drive plug-in hybrid concept based on Mark V Golf, which uses 2.0L 122hp turbodiesel and 82-hp electric motor with lithium-ion batteries. The car can run about 50 kilometres on battery power. [ [http://www.autoblog.com/2008/06/26/vw-to-fleet-test-twin-drive-golf-plug-in-hybrid-concept-in-2010/ VW to fleet test Twin Drive Golf plug-in hybrid concept in 2010] ] The combine power is 174 HP. [ [http://jalopnik.com/397242/vw-golf-twin-drive-plug+in-hybrid-diesel-makes-prius-look-thirsty VW Golf Twin Drive Plug-In Hybrid Diesel Makes Prius Look Thirsty] ]
Volkswagen developed the Twin Drive system with 8 German partners and is planning a trial fleet of 20 Golfs outfitted with the system in 2010.
The production version was expected to be based on Mark VI Golf featuring a 1.5L turbodiesel engine and electric motor, with estimated arrival date of 2015. [ [http://www.motorauthority.com/volkswagen-twin-drive-plug-in-hybrids-not-due-until-2015.html VW Twin Drive plug-in hybrids not due until 2015] ]
In Australia, 1982-2004 Volkswagen Golfs were assessed in the [http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/ucsr Used Car Safety Ratings 2006] .
* (1982-1994) - "worse than average" level of occupant protection
* (1995-1998) - "average"
* (1999-2004) - "significantly better than average"
In 2004 the Mk5 received a 5-star
Euro NCAPrating. [ [http://www.euroncap.com/tests/vw_golf_2004/196.aspx Page at the Euro NCAP website] ]
Mexicothe Mk5 is only available as the three door Mk5 GTI.
* 2008 CNN - Top Sporty Car (GTI/R32)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2008 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Award (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2008 Consumer Reports - Top Hatchback (Golf/Rabbit)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2008 Car and Driver - Top Ten Urban Vehicle (Golf/Rabbit)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2008 Automobile Magazine - Among All Stars (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2008 Car and Driver - Among Ten Best of the Year (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2007 Car and Driver - Among Ten Best of the Year (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2007 Automobile Magazine - Car of the Year (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2006 Drive - Best Performance Car under $60k AUS (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2006 Australia's Best Cars - Best Sports Car (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2005 Australia's Best Cars - Best Sports Car (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2005 Auto Express - Best Hot Hatch (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2005 Auto Express - Best Sporting Car (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2004 WhatCar? Car of the YearFact|date=July 2008
* 2004 WhatCar? Best Small Family CarFact|date=July 2008
* 2004 Winner - AutoExpress New Car HonoursFact|date=July 2008
* 2004 Fifth Gear - Car of the Year (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
* 2004 BBC Top Gear - Car of the Year (GTI)Fact|date=July 2008
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* [http://www.volkswagen.com/vwcms_publish/vwcms/master_public/virtualmaster/en2/models/golf_start.html Golf at Volkswagen International]
* [http://www.golfmkv.com/ GolfMkV.com] GTI/Golf/Rabbit Enthusiast Site
* [http://www.myfastgti.com/ VW GTI] VW GTI
* [http://www.rabbitownersclub.com/ VW Rabbit] VW Rabbit Owners
* [http://vw.dpgoldman.com/ VW GTI] History of the GTI
* [http://www.golfgtiforum.co.uk/index.php?board=16.0 GolfGTIforum] UK Golf GTI forum, Mk5 section
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