Vehicle Identification

Here's a handy guide to help identify types of VWs. The year and model can be used to determine the MK, or generation, of a car.

MK2 MK2

Model years 1985-1992. Golfs and Jettas were available in two and four door versions. The GTI was only available as a two door hatchback. Although there were small differences in appearance and trim over the years, the largest MK2 body change came in 1990. Mid 1990-1992 MK2s got 'big bumpers'. Check out the pics below for some examples of each style.

Late 90-92 Jetta GLI
Late 90-92 Jetta GLI
Small-bumper Jetta
Small-bumper Jetta
Late 90-92 GTI
Late 90-92 GTI

MK3 MK3

Model years 1993-1999. Again, Golfs were available in two and four door versions, but Jettas were only available as a four door. The GTI was only available as a two door hatchback. There were small changes in the trim packages over the years, but the largest change was that they added a 'VR6' option on the highest 'GLX' and 'GTI' models.

Jetta GLX
Jetta GLX
Golf GL (4 door)
Golf GL (4 door)
GTI VR6
GTI VR6

MK4 MK4

Model years 1999.5-2005. Again, Golfs were available in two and four door versions, but Jettas were available as a four door sedan or wagon. The GTI was only available as a two door hatchback. There were small changes in the trim packages over the years but nothing too drastic. There were also a few 'special edition' models as well, like the 'R32', 'GTI 337', '25th anniversary edition', and 'GLI' Jetta.

2004 Jetta GLI
2004 Jetta GLI
2005 GTI
2005 GTI

MK5 MK5

Model year 2006+. This is the latest generation of Golf/Jetta/GTI. They actually call the MK5 Golf a 'Rabbit', so you'll see that listed most places on this site. Rabbits and (for the 1st time) GTIs are available as a two or four door model. The Jetta is only available as a four door. As of right now there aren't many different body styles, but time will probably change that!

MK5 Jetta GLI
MK5 Jetta GLI
MK5 GTI
MK5 GTI (2 door)

Corrado Corrado

Model years 1990-1994. Corrados were only available as a two door hatchback. There were two distinct models produced. The 'G60' was made from 1990-1992 and the 'SLC' (or VR6) was made from 1992-1994. See the pics below for an example of each.

Corrado G60
Corrado G60
Corrado VR6
Corrado VR6

Other Other

Currently this would include just about everything else. :-)

If you own a model that's missing, send in a pic, and we may include it to help others identify their cars.