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The 1999 New Golf is a 2- or 4-door, 5-passenger family coupe, or family sedan, available in 4 trims, ranging from the GL 2.0 to the GLS TDI. The 1999 New Golf's closest competitors include the Chevrolet Cavalier, the Pontiac Sunfire, and the Subaru Impreza.
Upon introduction, the GL 2.0 is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter, I4, 115-horsepower engine that achieves 24-mpg in the city and 31-mpg on the highway. The GLS TDI is equipped with a standard 1.9-liter, I4, 90-horsepower, turbo, diesel engine that achieves 42-mpg in the city and 49-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard on both trims, and a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional.