The Golf is a reflection of his time. No other high-volume model in the world has been offered under the same name for more than 40 years. And has been continually developed, of course. Generation-by-generation the infotainment reflects the status quo of progress. The spectrum ranges from simple mono-radio (1974) to the current multimedia system with permanent online connection. If you look at this infotainment development, you open one time capsule after another, travelling from the past into the present.
It all started in 1974 in the Golf Mk1 with its "Braunschweig" radio. One rotary knob on the left for power and volume, one on the right to select the station. Three buttons in between: one for medium wave and two for VHF. And that was it. Soon though, the radio spectrum was enhanced. Enhanced by no less than the new "Ingolstadt Stereo CR" – yes, a cassette radio. Cassettes? At the time a kind of do-it-yourself Spotify. In 1974 the 'play-list' would have been the formative songs of the year such as "Waterloo" by Swedish ABBA or "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll" with the Rolling Stones.
And as early as the Golf Mk2 in 1983, things started to get digital, well, a bit at least.