The Volkswagen Golf Mk4 (or VW Type 1J) is a compact car, the fourth generation of the Volkswagen Golf and the successor to the Volkswagen Golf Mk3.
Launched in October 1997, it was the best selling car in Europe in 2001 (though it slipped to second place, behind the Peugeot 206, in 2002).
As with the Mk2 Golf, Volkswagen did not make a convertible version of the Mk4 Golf.
Instead, they face-lifted the front bumper, fenders, grille, 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, headlights, side mirror caps, rear license tag lights, 3-spoke steering wheel airbag, etc.
The Volkswagen Golf Mk4 Variant was introduced in 1999. It was discontinued in 2006, and succeeded in 2007 by the Volkswagen Golf Mk5 Variant.
Unlike the Mk3, it was offered in North America with the “Jetta” name and front sheet metal were used.
The “JETTA WAGON” was used in North America instead of the “BORA” name.
Volkswagen Bora/Jetta Mk4
Volkswagen produced a saloon version of the Mk4 Golf.
As with previous incarnations of the Golf, it had its own identity, and this time was called the Volkswagen Bora although the name Jetta remained in North America and South Africa.
GTI 25th Anniversary Edition
The GTI 25th Anniversary Edition was a special version of the Golf GTI, for the European Market to commemorate the first GTI, launched in 1976.
This model had three paint colour options: Tornado Red, Reflex Silver & Diamond Black.
At the time of its launch, it wasn’t confirmed whether Volkswagen was going to sell this special edition model in the United States.
GTI 20th Anniversary Edition – US Market (2003)
Following the initial commemorative anniversary edition GTI produced in Europe in 1996 celebrating the introduction of the GTI model in 1976, and the overwhelming popularity of the 25th anniversary edition GTI produced 2001 (released as the GTI 337 in North America in 2002), Volkswagen of
America produced 4,200 “20th Anniversary Edition” GTIs for 2003; 4,000 were shipped to the United States and 200 to Canada.
In 2002, Volkswagen produced the Golf R32 in Europe as a 2003 model year. It was the world’s first production car with a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) — available for the German market.
Due to unexpected popularity, Volkswagen decided to sell the car in the United States and Australia as the 2004 model year Volkswagen R32.