The VW Golf 3 Wagon, also known as an estate car in America and called Kombi in Germany, is among the most successful body-style vehicles in the marketplace. The Golf Mk3, called VW Golf 3 Wagon, is the third generation of the Volkswagen Golf after the Mk2.

It debuted in the European market in 1991 and was sold from 1992 to 1997. You can only find used Volkswagen Golf 3 Wagon for sale in the global car market.

This article will provide an in-depth review of the Volkswagen Golf 3 Wagon 1.8L petrol engine. We’ll also discuss the Golf 3 Wagon price in Nigeria and abroad. You’ll also learn why this car is famous as a commercial and private car in most parts of Nigeria.

Stay with us as we explore this old ranger together!

Overview of VW Golf 3 Wagon 1.8L Petrol Engine

VW Golf 3 Wagon 1.8L Petrol Engine

The Golf 3 Wagon 1.8L petrol engine, the focal point of our discussion in this post, is powered by a naturally aspirated Inline 4-cylinder petrol engine.

Power-wise, the VW Golf 3 Wagon 1.8L petrol engine is known to produce a maximum power of 90 PS (89 bhp – 66kW) at 5500 rpm and a maximum torque of 145 Nm (106 lb-ft) at 2500rpm. Its acceleration is impressive for its engine’s size, and it goes from 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) in approximately 12.1 seconds.

It boasts a top speed of 111 mph (178km/h). This vehicle’s fuel consumption is about 8 liters/100km, with an average mileage of 29 mpg. Stock tire sizes for the Golf 3 Wagon (front and back) are 185/60 on 14-inch rims.

The Golf 3 wagon is a front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicle with a 5-speed manual transmission. Its overall road holding, handling, and ride quality are pretty decent but might feel too light to the hand for some drivers.

Other Variants of Golf 3 Station Wagon

Apart from the Volkswagen Golf 3 Wagon 1.8L petrol engine, there are other engine variants of the Golf 3 with varying capacities. Examples include Golf 3 1.4 petrol engine, Golf 3 1.6 petrol engine, and Golf 3 2.0 petrol engine.

It would be best to tell the variant Golf 3 engines apart from each other when you decide to buy. Although available in different engine capacities such as 1.4L, 1.6L, 1.8L, and 2.0L. It also comes in other engine powers. For instance, the Volkswagen Golf 3 1.6L petrol engine has 75 PS and 101 PS engine power variants.

Suppose you’ve visited places like Lokoja, Jos, Bauchi, Gombe, Minna, and other Northern Nigeria cities. In that case, you’ll also discover that Golf 3 Wagon is very much in vogue. The reason this old ranger is so widely accepted for commercial use is certainly not because of its aesthetic appeal. It received its last facelift more than two decades ago.

Further Locations The VW Golf 3 Estate Wagen Serves Good

Even cities like Ibadan, Ado-Ekiti, Ondo, Akure, Oyo, Port Harcourt, Aba, Enugu, Calabar, and Uyo have many Golf 3 wagons in use for both intra-city and inter-city transportation. As I put together this review of the Golf 3 station wagon’s 1.8L petrol engine, memories of the first-ever experience with this automobile began to trickle in.

My Experience With Golf III Station Wagon In Nigeria

A Golf III wagon with its top carrier and trunk loaded with goods came along, and we hopped in, taking the only two spaces left in the back row. It was getting late, and my project partner and I stood by the roadside in Obollo Afor. We needed to board the next available vehicle to Lokoja en route to Dangote Cement Company, Obajana.

I was pretty skeptical if we would have a smooth ride with this small car that night. The load plus the weight of 5 passengers it was carrying also did not help. So, I prayed for the best, but somehow I also expected the worst.

Roughly 3 hours later, it was 9.15 pm sharp when we arrived at our drop point at Kabba in Lokoja. It was a smooth journey, after all.

Our little friend, a Golf 3 Wagon – 1.8L, had skillfully maneuvered through the truck-laden Lokoja-Abuja road. While it was a slightly bumpy ride owing to road conditions, this little blockbuster got us to our destination in record time.

In most areas, commercial vehicle drivers use the Golf 3 station wagon to transport passengers and goods from one location to another within the town. In some places, this vehicle is also famous for the interstate movement of passengers and goods.

Did my experience change my perception of the Golf 3 wagon? Yes, it did. Would I recommend the Golf 3 wagon as an excellent car for the transportation business?

Yes, I most certainly would. Our research on this vehicle’s popularity revealed that it is sought after for its good fuel economy, durability, and overall low maintenance cost.

Did I mention its ability to handle moderately rough terrains?

Its hatchback body style makes its portable interior with an ample cargo space roomy enough for passengers and cargo.

It might interest you to read: Most Popular 7-Seater Cars For Transporters In Nigeria

Price of Volkswagen Golf 3 Wagon 1.8L Engine

Both foreign-used and locally-used Golf 3 Wagon are available for sale in most car dealerships across all states in Nigeria. If you want to import a Golf 3 Wagon from abroad to save cost, it is also a popular listing on car auctions and brokers’ websites.

We’ll now discuss the price of the Volkswagen Golf 3 Wagon in Nigeria. The price guide below will be handy if you’re looking to buy this vehicle in Nigeria or overseas.

Depending on the model year:

Foreign-used VW Golf 3 Wagon = N900, 000 – N1, 300, 000

Locally-used VW Golf 3 Wagon = N350, 000 – N800, 000


We have ended this review article on the Volkswagen Golf 3 Wagon 1.8L Petrol Engine. This vehicle is an excellent choice for a small family car and local commercial purposes. It is not only a durable vehicle. It is both fuel-efficient and cheap to maintain.

If you’d like to speak to us before importing your Golf 3 Wagon or any other car from Germany, the US, or the UK, click the button below for a one-on-one consultation.


Finding out what works saves a car buyer or importer a lot of pain. Know what will keep you from making a big mistake in your next vehicle purchase from Germany

How to Know the Best Car Reviews

Most Popular 7-Seater Cars For Transporters In Nigeria

Car Selling Websites: List Of Top Auto Sites In The EU

Similar Posts