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2005 Volkswagen Golf

$73 — $9,505 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
27-42 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.0) 7 reviews

The Good

  • Refinement
  • Performance
  • Euro-style handling
  • Resale value
  • Construction quality

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2005 Volkswagen Golf
  • Two- or four-door hatchback
  • Gasoline or diesel engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • European heritage
  • Standard side-impact and side-curtain airbags

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(3.9)
(4.0)

Fun, sporty, and nimble

by Uncle Chad from Evanston, Illinois on January 5, 2018

I owned the 2005 Golf TDI GLS since 2011 and have loved it. I've been to the mechanic the average number of times for an older car so it's not as reliable as a Honda or Toyota, I'd say, but it's been ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best car i have owned

by Dog Trainer from new jersey on July 2, 2014

Looking for a new one my last one lasted 250,000 miles and only want a new car that has been taking care of and from a dealer i can trust Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Volkswagen Golf currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Volkswagen Golf has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Golf received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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