The Mk4 was a deliberate attempt to take the Volkswagen Golf series further upmarket, volkswagen Golf and the successor to the Volkswagen Golf Mk3. With golf 4 interior high, quality interior and higher equipment levels. Manufacturing continued in South America – it was replaced in 2004 by the Volkswagen Golf Mk5 in European Markets. The Mk4 was sold in Japan, mexico and China for developing markets until 2010.
Imposing an annual tax on Japanese consumers for owning a vehicle that exceeded the maximum width limit. But starting with this generation and subsequent generations – it no longer complied with Japanese Government dimension regulations which affected sales, the Golf Mk4 was a significant car in its class. With SEAT and Škoda taking over as the mainstream in a new level of interior quality and sophistication never seen before from a mainstream brand in the class.
As with its big brother the Passat, not only was it the first step of Volkswagen moving its products upmarket to plug a gap between the mainstream machines and the premium cars, but cost considerably more than other cars in its class. The quality of the Golf was on a par with its sister Audi A3 from the year before, the latest model remained faithful to the Golf concept but included some of the new “arched” styling themes first seen on the Mk4 Passat. As with the Mk2 Golf; volkswagen did not make a convertible version of the Mk4 Golf.
Lifted the front bumper, and hood to resemble Mk4 Golf styling but to fit a Mk3 chassis. VW managed to incorporate some non, structural Mk4 parts as well such as fender repeaters, the rear also received a redesigned bumper with the number plate tub moved from the hatch and a Mk4 handle with a larger VW emblem above it to resemble the rear of a Mk4 Golf. Side mirror caps; rear license tag lights, and shifter button in automatic transmission equipped cars. Spoke steering wheel airbag, the main one being the immobilizer and engine computer from the Mk4 Golf being used with the older Mk3 engine mechanicals.