2006 Volkswagen GTI User Reviews

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    German Sportscar For The Masses — This is a GREAT car. It handles beautifully. The turbocharged engine has a super response and is well harmonized with the gearbox.

    Pros: Engine, Gearbox, Breaks, Looks

    Cons: ...50 HP more..?

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    Fast, Refined And Good Looking! — nothing i dont really like about this car, the Monza alloys finish it off well. and the built in sat nav finishes the dash off nicely. Handles really well and the bucket seats really hold you in well. the 2.0T lump is great in pretty much any speed in any gear.

    Pros: fast, refined, understated, good looking, handles well,

    Cons: blacks a bit hard to keep clean......

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    Dsg / Abt Chiptuning 256hp — Really loved the DSG transmission (double-clutch gearbox). Good performance even if an all wheel drive would be necessary.

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    The Fastest Car I've Ever Owned — I've had this car up to 120. I'll have to wait until I get the snow tires off to try and best that.

    Pros: Super handling and acceleration.

    Cons: Terrible in the snow

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    German Quality In A Small And Reasonably Priced Package. — This car is amazing, it is my second GTI and this generation is by far the best.

    Pros: Handeling, Response, Style, Reasonable Gas mileage

    Cons: Nothing really

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    Way Too Much Fun To Drive, I Am Totally In Love With My Car!! — Incredible power and handling for such a small car. Top Gear Car of the Year 2005 says it all i think!

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    Small But Roomy, Quick And Nimble! —

    the first thing that strikes me when i went for a drive, was how small and how easy it was to park, yet how big it was on the inside. It had more boot and legroom than a 3 series BMW or a Subaru WRX, 4 rather full sized adults fit in the car with ease, head and legroom wasn't a problem for anyone. I drive the auto which is the new 6 speed DSG gearbox (which has 3 different modes), smoothest gearbox i have ever felt in a car (especially considering what it has to deal with power turbo lag then boost) but speaking of power, it has alot of it (though mine is chipped increasing power by around 30% which is a relatively cheap and easy process) there are, however, a few failings with the drivetrain or more with electronics (in the throttle) that seem to plaque VW (Golf and Jetta from what i have read), the problem is that there is sometimes a slight delay between the time you press down on the accelerator and the car actually taking off, which if you are on a hill it can cause you to roll back (a good foot or more) before the car takes off, it's like something in the traction control system is having a think before it lets you take off, which sometimes isn't a bad thing (mostly it is though as rolling back uncontrollably isn't a good feeling),the traction control system (which includes a things such as a locking diff anti spin etc)gets a workout as most of the driving i do is in the rain on windy mountain roads, and with it being driven through the front wheels that makes it interesting as it only has to take your toenail to grow a fraction of an inch for it to spin the wheels on take off, luckily the electronics take over and get things under control. The steering is electric, smoothest most balanced i have felt it is light when parking and heavy when on the freeway, i have never driven anything like it (after reading the manual the steering system has some sort of hi-tech magnet system that causes it go light and heavy, neat). The car is incredibly well equipped sunroof, heated seats, dual zone climate control, bluetooth, 6 stack CD player, just to list a few. overall a very impressive package very pleased with it for sure!

    Owner for 0 years, 3 months

    Miles Driven per Year:4,000

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    Great All Around Fwd Car — Performance wise, it's probably the most fun FWD car you could drive besides a Mini Cooper S or Acura Integra Type R. It does everything very well, nothing amazingly. Good power, but not blistering like a SRT4 or MS3. Great transmission, either the 6MT or DSG. I loved the space it has for people in the back and with the seats down, plenty of cargo room also. Build wise, it's very, very well put together and the quality of materials inside does not leave you doubting your purchase. Gets good gas MPG 26 on average of highway and city. Could be better but I have a heavy foot. It's fun to zip around in and easy to put around in also.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Good power, great transmission, good space for people/cargo, amazing standard features

    Cons: FWD, no LSD, needs a chip to come alive (easily remedied)

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    Unless You Hate Hatches, This Is The Best, And Really Only, "hot Hatch". Nice Zippy Car. — I may be biased, because I love Euro cars, and German hatches and sports cars, but there's no denying that the GTI has always had a dedicated following....and that its just a great all-around car even if you're not an enthusiast. The original MKI, the MKII, and the MKV are arguably the best of them all, (although the latest is also getting great reviews.) Its just the full package. Its not a $60k+ luxury car, or a $200k+ supercar, but a great, quick, practical and sporty compact that does everything you need it to unless you have a family of 8 or need to go off-roading. The interior is great, it doesn't feel cheap, (radio needs an upgrade though...), the handling is great even for a FWD car, and its got enough punch from a 2.0 Turbo engine. its not a gas-guzzler either. What more do I need to say?

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Loved it. Practical, quick, sporty - just all around great  car. I will always be a GTI enthusiast. Only selling because I had to move to Canada. That winter weather and salt would just ruin my baby. I'll buy a Golf R next....someday. heh.

    Cons: none IMO, might be too compact for some, but honestly....WAAAAAY more room than my mom's Civic or my girlfriend's Vibe GT. I might buy a 4-dr version next time just for convenience.

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    2006 Mkv Gti —

    *Performance is fairly good. Acceleration with the DSG transmission is pretty good, and the brakes do a decent job of bring the car to a halt. Handling is very good, given the high ride height and stance on the car. *The build quality is... typical Volkswagen. You'll have plenty of rattles [as I did], though some of them seemed to have worked or worn themselves out. The dealership I bought the car from "cannot find" the TSB for the subframe bolt issue. The subframe bolts stretch over time and cause a loud CREAK when changing directions. Sure doesn't inspire confidence. *The appearance of the GTI looks much better now that I ditched the ugly honeycomb grilles & red grille stripe for a Golf GT conversion [painted gloss black]. That german paint isn't as 'high quality' as some lead you to believe. *Cost is a tad high. It's a Volkswagen, not a BMW or Mercedes. Fuel economy is so-so, high 20s/low 30s. The leather interior [which mine does not have] is nice, but pricey. Most people I speak with prefer the Interlagos plaid. * I think the car is fun to drive... as in just drive one, don't own one. If you're an enthusiast that doesn't mind his car making noises or having little issues that would drive any sane person nuts, you've found your new car. If you're a person who views their car as another appliance in your life, go look at a Mini Cooper.

    Pros: Fun to drive, DSG trans is farily good, decent fuel economy [on 93 octane], low end torque.

    Cons: Dealer network & knowledge is BAD, DSG trips itself up frequently, TSBs not getting fixed [thanks to knowledgeless dealers], modifications [if desired] are expensive and *can* cause more problems.

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    2013 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

    Perfect Jack Of All Trades By ErroneousRex

    This is a beautiful package of a vehicle. Funto drive, stylish, comfortable, efficient, and well built, the GTI consistently surprises. It can handle the turns with ease while comfortably seating 4 fu... Read More

    Love My Gti! By photofinishstudio

    I love the stylish look. Just the right size. Fast pick up response. Stereo sounds great. I get 300 miles on a full tank. This is the first car which my dog actually enjoys riding in the back seat. ... Read More

    2012 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

    Great Car Would Buy It Again By shabra

    I like everything about my GTI handles awesome great car. I would recommend a friend and family. this car was awesome loved how it drives how it sounds and gas saver plus it is very fast car you would... Read More

    Great Little Car By Troyboy2

    The golf GTI is an excellent little car. With the hatchback you can carry lots of stuff in it. It's comfortable, gets about 30 miles per gallon and has the power to pass people at will. My only proble... Read More

    2011 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

    For The Kid, And Adult In All Of Us By Damon

    the 2011 gti has enough power, taut handling and aggressive style to appease the eighteen year old kid in me, yet the lines are refined, and the interior is upscale enough to be suitable for the resp... Read More

    Great Day-to-day Commuter By alexofdodd

    Love my VW it is such a nicely balanced vehicle and really impressed me with it's stability at the limits and in snow. Can almost run with the Subarus when fitted with snow tires. VW-please fix the Bl... Read More

    2010 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

    Practical Hot Hatch By hshamilt

    Plenty of cargo space. Nice interior. Very sporty. The only weak spot is that it is front wheel drive only. All wheel drive really should be an option. There also should be higher horsepower opti... Read More

    My Great Little Car By ersid

    Its a very cool car for young people. It has an exhaust that sound amazing(never boring). It very fast in the corners the car sticks to the road picks up very qucik and for a four door it small which ... Read More

    2009 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

    Just Do It. By mdjones2

    The Mk V was my favorite GTI in 2012. Bought a 2009 with low mileage and had stage 3 performance package done with a trusted mechanic. At $23k, it has been the greatest driving performance ever and I ... Read More

    2009 Volkswagen Gti By romanz85

    This Volkswagen GTI gets about 29/31 miles per gallon. It is a 6 speed manual with a turbo. It has remote power door locks, power mirrors, low fuel level warning, turn signal in mirrors, dual illumin... Read More

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