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While driving home from work tonight I stopped at the lights next to what I
thought was a regular black Golf- until I noticed the blue sheen coming
from the dash- this was the new Golf Mk.4! They've been introduced here a
month ago, but none can be found in the showrooms yet.
-the 1.8T makes this a very fast car. Nothing could keep up with it, not
even the 325 trying hard.
-It looks good in black, but I'm not too sure about light colours. Some
details look a bit heavy in the lighter shades.
-The blue dash looks great, even better than the Audi's red IMO.
-The headlights (complex lenses behind clear glass) are incredible. They
fry wildlife at 200 paces, yet do not blind oncoming traffic (by some
clever lane-changing I managed to get in front of him for a while at the
-The C-pillar is even heavier than that of the previous model. Good for
rigidity, not for visibility (always problematic with Golfs)
-I don't like the low-mounted rear number plate. It makes the rear end look
heavy, and mounting a tow bar (very popular here) requires the number plate
to be relocated to a daft-looking spot.
All in all, a nice car that's way above the previous model in looks,
quality and detailing. Wish they'd done something about that number plate,
Tom Nas Zeist, The Netherlands
1988 Audi 80 1.8S, mostly Tizianrot metallic, 214,000km
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