2005 Golf

Consumer Reviews

2005 Volkswagen Golf

$26 - $9,690  MSRP Range
2005 Volkswagen Golf

Review Score

4.0 out of 5 stars

4.0

7 Reviews
Score Breakdown
4.4 out of 5 stars Comfort
3.9 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.3 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.3 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.7 out of 5 stars Performance
4.4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Better than Honda!

by Adventurer from Allentown, PA on Wed Jun 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 250,000 miles or more on theirs. With over 120k on mine, it still runs great and is fun to drive. Very little maintenance, everything except tires and timing belt are original! At highway speeds the engine just purrs at a low RPM. As a driver's car with economy and safety, it is a great commuter car. The hatch and flip-forward seats make this a practical car. This is a well-build car that even maintains proper tire alignment better than most. To date, the best car I've owned!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Best car i have owned

by Dog Trainer from new jersey on Wed Jul 02 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

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Best car ever

by Peter from NV. on Sun Mar 16 2014

Hard to find, fun to drive, great gas mileage, I bought mine five years ago used, and never had a serious problem. love my golf!!!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Fun, sporty, and nimble

by Uncle Chad from Evanston, Illinois on Fri Jan 05 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 super-fun as a city car (easy to park and get through narrow areas) and there's nothing like taking it to Indiana or rural Illinois and zipping around country roads and downshifting into a sharp turn in this thing. The features on the GLS (at least back in 2005) are really nice and the sounds system rocks.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Beware this money pit!

by TDI Mom from Mesa, AZ on Sun Apr 12 2009

I've owned this car for 2 years (was certified pre-owned) and it is a total money pit. Dealer did all my maintenance, which cost thousands over the past two years. Just got the word that the car needs a new cam shaft at 70K miles, which is ridiculous. This is a fine car otherwise, so if you don't mind throwing all your hard earned money at it to keep it running, go for it!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
2 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Has some good qualities but . . .

by Rational Car Owner from Chicago, IL on Wed Mar 12 2008

My wife and I bought our Golf new in 05. After three years, we still like it's design, driveability and the many safety features the car offers. However, we've had nagging problems with burnt out lights both inside and outside the car and the overall maintenance costs seem high. With that said, we probably would still buy another VW especially the upcoming Clean TDIs.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
2 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Nice car

by pauld from Charlotte, NC on Wed Jul 07 2010

Nice diesel car with great fuel economy. Good interior design. Well selected sets of features. It definitely worth to consider.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 2005 Volkswagen Golf

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 equally shocking price tag: $30,000.

The other VW hit a little closer to home, a four-door TDI turbo-diesel with automatic transmission at $10,000 less. But don't turn up your nose so fast at diesel. This turned out to be a sweetly enjoyable car that was fun to drive and achieved outstanding fuel mileage.

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