The Volkswagen Golf 2: The Golf 2 CL

So you’re still a fan of the Volkswagen Golf 2 and want to find out more about the different models? Then you are exactly right here! The third part of our series is about the basic model CL.

The Golf 2 CL: A solid vehicle

As the base model, the CL was an affordable option for motorists who wanted a reliable vehicle without looking for extra features and amenities. The design was simple and functional, with straight, simple lines and simple furnishings. By the way, the abbreviation CL at Volkswagen stands for Comfort Luxus.

Engine and performance

Under the hood, the CL had, among other things, a 1.3-liter and a 1.6-liter gasoline engine as well as a 1.6-liter diesel engine. The 1.3 liter engine had an output of 55 hp, while the 1.6 liter petrol engine had 75 hp and the 1.6 liter diesel engine had 54 hp.

Facilities | Golf 2 CL

Standard equipment on the CL included disc brakes on the front axle and drum brakes on the rear axle, as well as a five-speed manual transmission. Air conditioning, power steering and central locking were optional.

Popular with young drivers

Although the CL was not a sporty or luxurious car, it was very popular with young drivers due to its reliability and affordable price. Even today it is still popular with some drivers due to its simple, timeless design and functionality.


In summary, the Golf 2 CL was a solid base model that appealed to many buyers due to its affordable price and reliability. The engine wasn’t the most powerful, but it was completely sufficient for everyday use and fuel efficient. The simple design and solid workmanship also contributed to the popularity of the Golf 2 CL. Overall, the Golf 2 remains a classic today that has many fans all over the world. After the three most common models, let’s move on to the technology and next week we’ll look at the 1.3L NZ engine, which is now being traded as the engine next to the G60.

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