• (4.0) 6 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,373$7,849
  • 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

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

2005 Volkswagen Golf Reviews

Cars.com 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

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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

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2005 Volkswagen Golf Safety Ratings

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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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