Coolant for the VW Golf 4

The Golf 4 (IV) replaced the Golf 3 (III) in 1997 and was in turn replaced by the Golf 5 (V) in 2006. While the Golf 4 was the latest series to come off the line, VW used G12+ coolant as the latest standard of in-house coolants. If you take a look at the original Golf 4 vehicle manual, you will always find the G12+ coolant as a recommendation. In the lower part of this page we have provided you with a list of which coolant and total quantity is required.

The special feature of the G12+ coolant is that it is the successor to the VW G11 coolant and for the first time uses organic acids for corrosion protection. The successors of the G12+, the G12++, G13 and G12evo also do without the inorganic acids of the G11.

You can read more about this in our G12 coolant article.

Replacement of the G12+ standard

Already with the successor, the Golf 5, a further developed standard was recommended with the G12++, which in turn was replaced by the G13 coolant. Since 2018, VW presented the latest standard with the G12evo. Despite these further developments, the G12+, G12++, G13 and G12evo coolants are mixable.

G12evo for your Golf 4

Due to the advancement of the standards, VW stopped the production of the outdated ones and currently only produces the G12evo coolant. Since this is backwards compatible as well as miscible with the previous standards, only the latest G12evo is available for you to choose from when purchasing an original VW coolant.

Original VW G12evo 1L (Ready-Mix)

Original VW G12evo 5L (Fertigmischung)

Original VW G12evo:

  • Suitable for all VW Golf 4 models
  • Available as Ready-Mix coolant
  • Latest VW coolant standard
  • Mixable with former VW coolant standards

Alternatives to the original VW G12+

In addition to car manufacturers, manufacturers of engine oils, transmission oils & Co. also produce their own coolants that meet the G12+ standard. In order to comply with this standard, they must be labeled with the VW TL-774 F approval. This guarantees the standard as well as the chemical composition of an original G12+ coolant. However, it is important to note that the color of the coolant does not represent a standard. Manufacturers are free to choose the color of their coolant.

G12+ from Glysantin

Glysantin G30 corresponds to the VW G12+ coolant. It has a purple color and can be purchased as a concentrate as well as ready-mix. With the ready-mix of Glysantin you can fill the coolant directly into the cooling system. With the concentrate, you need to mix it with distilled water in a certain ratio – a ratio of 1:1 is recommended here.

G12+ from Ravenol

The German manufacturer Ravenol leans after the designations of VW. The Ravenol OTC C12+ is based on the VW G12+. The C12+ thus corresponds to the VW TL 774-F (VW G12+) and is recommended. Ravenol coolants offer the advantage that they are also available in larger containers. This is particularly advantageous when refilling.

Golf IV (1J1 | 08.1997 – 12.2007)

All following Golf 4 models require the G12+ coolant according to sources. A Golf 4 needs about 5-9 liters of coolant during a change.

Engine PS-number Quantity coolant
1.4 16V 75 PS 5,00 liters
1.6 100 PS 4,50 liters
1.6 102 PS 5,00 liters
1.6 16V 105 PS 6,00 liters
1.6 FSI 110 PS 6,00 liters
1.8 125 PS 5,00 liters
1.8 4motion 125 PS 5,00 liters
1.8 T 150 PS 5,00 liters
1.8 T GTI 180 PS 5,00 liters
1.9 SDI 68 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 90 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 110 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 115 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 101 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 150 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 130 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 90 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 115 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 101 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 150 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 130 PS 6,00 liters
2.0 115 PS 5,00 liters
2.0 4motion 115 PS 5,00 liters
2.3 V5 150 PS 9,00 liters
2.3 V5 170 PS 9,20 liters
2.3 V5 4motion 150 PS 9,00 liters
2.3 V5 4motion 170 PS 9,20 liters
2.8 VR6 4motion 204 PS 9,20 liters
3.2 R32 4motion 241 PS 9,20 liters

Golf 4 Cabriolet (1E7 | 06.1998 – 12.2002)

Engine PS-number Quantity coolant
1.6 100 PS No data
1.8 75 PS No data
1.8 90 PS No data
1.9 TDI 90 PS No data
1.9 TDI 110 PS No data
2.0 115 PS No data

Golf IV Variant (1J5 | 05.1999 – 06.2006)

The Golf 4 variant requires an average of 6.00 liters of coolant with the release G12+.

Engine PS-number Quantity coolant
1.4 16V 75 PS 5,00 liters
1.6 101 PS 5,00 liters
1.6 16V 105 PS 6,00 liters
1.6 FSI 110 PS 6,00 liters
1.8 4motion 125 PS 5,00 liters
1.8T 150 PS 5,00 liters
1.9 SDI 68 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 90 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 110 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 115 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 101 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 130 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 150 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 150 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 90 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 115 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 101 PS 6,00 liters
1.9 TDI 4motion 130 PS 6,00 liters
2.0 115 PS 5,00 liters
2.0 4motion 120 PS 5,00 liters
2.0 4motion 115 PS 5,00 liters
2.0 Bi-Fuel 116 PS 5,00 liters
2.0 4motion 115 PS 5,00 liters
2.3 V5 150 PS 9,00 liters
2.3 V5 170 PS 9,20 liters
2.3 V5 4motion 150 PS 9,00 liters
2.3 V5 4motion 170 PS 9,20 liters
2.8 VR6 4motion 204 PS 9,20 liters