2004 Volkswagen Polo vs. 1999 Volkswagen Golf

To start off, 2004 Volkswagen Polo is newer by 5 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1999 Volkswagen Golf. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1999 Volkswagen Golf would be higher. At 3,201 cc (6 cylinders), 1999 Volkswagen Golf is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1999 Volkswagen Golf (240 HP @ 5600 RPM) has 166 more horse power than 2004 Volkswagen Polo. (74 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 1999 Volkswagen Golf should accelerate faster than 2004 Volkswagen Polo. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 1999 Volkswagen Golf weights approximately 305 kg more than 2004 Volkswagen Polo. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 1999 Volkswagen Golf is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2004 Volkswagen Polo. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1999 Volkswagen Golf will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1999 Volkswagen Golf (350 Nm @ 2800 RPM) has 155 more torque (in Nm) than 2004 Volkswagen Polo. (195 Nm @ 2200 RPM). This means 1999 Volkswagen Golf will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2004 Volkswagen Polo.

Compare all specifications:

2004 Volkswagen Polo 1999 Volkswagen Golf
Make Volkswagen Volkswagen
Model Polo Golf
Year Released 2004 1999
Body Type Hatchback Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1422 cc 3201 cc
Engine Cylinders 3 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 2 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 74 HP 240 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 5600 RPM
Torque 195 Nm 350 Nm
Torque RPM 2200 RPM 2800 RPM
Engine Bore Size 79.5 mm 84.1 mm
Engine Stroke Size 95.5 mm 95.9 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 19.5:1 19.5:1
Fuel Type Diesel Gasoline
Drive Type Front 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 3 doors 3 doors
Vehicle Weight 1165 kg 1470 kg
Vehicle Length 3900 mm 4160 mm
Vehicle Width 1660 mm 1740 mm
Vehicle Height 1470 mm 1450 mm
Wheelbase Size 2520 mm 2520 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 L 62 L


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