(4.0) 6 reviews
MSRP: $3,329$8,141
Body Style: Hatchback
Combined MPG: 27-42
Engine: 115-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 4-speed automatic w/OD
2005 Volkswagen Golf

Our Take on the 2005 Volkswagen Golf

Our Take

Structurally related to the four-door Jetta sedan, Volkswagen's compact front-wheel-drive Golf hatchback comes with either two or four doors. The automaker also produces a performance-oriented companion called the GTI coupe. A new version of Volkswagen's 1.9-liter diesel engine rated at... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Seat adjustments
  • Difficult backseat entry and exit in two-door model

Notable Features

  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • Gasoline or diesel engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • European heritage
  • Standard side-impact and side-curtain airbags


Our Expert Reviews

Two Volkswagen Golfs have passed under my hands recently, and they were as different from each other as they could be. The first was a roaring R32, a limited-edition pocket rocket with 240-horsepower, all-wheel drive, rock-hard suspension and a cocky attitude. The unassuming VW compact was transformed by the performance treatment and turned heads with both its shocking acceleration and its equa... Read full review for the 2005 Volkswagen Golf

Consumer Reviews


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Better than Honda!

by Adventurer from Allentown, PA on June 25, 2008

After owning Hondas and Acuras, VW's TDI has the advantage of being more reliable, more fuel efficient, and much more fun to drive. I often meet other TDI owners at the diesel pump with well over 250,... Read Full Review

5 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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