2006 Volkswagen GTI Overview

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2006 Volkswagen GTI Overview

Volkswagen sure does love its little turbocharged, fuel-injected engines. And with good reason -- they pump up the power without adding on the cylinders and weight, enabling nimble handling and aggressive acceleration.

The new 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine in the 2006 Volkswagen GTI, which made its appearance in showrooms in the the middle of the model year, is a perfect example. It features VW's fuel straight injection (FSI) system, which ensures the pedal is responsive no matter your current speed or driving conditions. In the opinion of many reviewers, the turbocharged four-cylinder returns VW's GTI to verifiable sporty status, and makes the GTI once more an object of desire.

The exterior of the car has been redesigned as well. It actually looks faster, with a swept-back windshield, tapering side windows, a rear spoiler, and a more muscular front end with a black chin underneath the black grille.

The GTI comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission and, for the first time, an optional Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) six-speed automatic with the Tiptronic feature, which enables drivers to shift manually if they so desire. Beyond that, the GTI comes with a full range of the expected standard features, including air conditioning, power everything, traction control, and stability control. Options include a sunroof, navigation system, and leather seats.

So what do drivers think of this car? Naturally they were impressed, with more than a few calling it the best GTI ever. For some, the new styling was a bit of a letdown, but few have found any negatives with the car so far.

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    Prnds Flashing And 18223/18224 After Dsg Reset

    Car kept throwing me a Pressure Low from the Gearbox, took it to a garage and they said i needed to have a DSG Reset preformed and everything would be ok, now in reverse or first when accelerating s...

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    Okay guys I really need some help I recently replaced my cam follower and everything's back how it should be 100% as I was done I went to start the car and it starts but shuts down right away like ...

    Oil Pressure Light

    Hi All, I have a 2006 VW GTI that I bought used in NZ with 66,000kms on it. I've only had the car for two months and they did an oil change and full top up when I bought the car. Passed through mecha...

    Are The Volkswagen Gti's 4wd?

    my 16 year old son is looking to buy a used volkswagen GTI. he thinks they are AWD/4WD. is this true? i am not familiar with this car at all.

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