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2006 Volkswagen Golf

$1,145 — $6,629 USED
Hatchback
5 Seats
27-40 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(3.4) 7 reviews

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Seat adjustments
  • Final year for this generation

What to Know

about the 2006 Volkswagen Golf
  • Four-door hatchback
  • Gasoline or diesel engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • European heritage
  • Standard side-impact and side-curtain airbags

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen's compact front-wheel-drive Golf is available only as a four-door hatchback for 2006; the two-door GL and four-door GL TDI (diesel) have been dropped. An all-new Golf is scheduled to emerge in the second quarter of 2006.

Volkswagen's warranty offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for four years/50,000 miles. Wear-and-tear items and adjustments are covered for one year/12,000 miles. Fully transferable powertrain coverage is for five years/60,000 miles, and roadside assistance is provided for four years.


Exterior
The Golf hatchback stands 56.7 inches tall, has a 98.9-inch wheelbase and measures 164.9 inches long overall. The bumpers, side moldings, mirror housings and grille are body-colored. The GLS comes with a power sunroof. All-season tires are mounted on 15-inch wheels.

Interior
Upright hatchback styling allows the driver and passengers to sit more vertically in the Golf than in most small cars. Space is adequate for four adults, though the interior is intended to seat up to five. The area behind the rear seat holds 18 cubic feet of cargo. Split rear seatbacks fold for additional storage room, creating a total of 41.8 cubic feet of cargo space when folded. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, an eight-speaker CD/cassette stereo, cruise control, a manual tilt/telescoping steering column, and power windows, locks and mirrors.

An optional Cold Weather Package for the GLS includes heated front seats and heated front windshield washer nozzle...
Vehicle Overview
Volkswagen's compact front-wheel-drive Golf is available only as a four-door hatchback for 2006; the two-door GL and four-door GL TDI (diesel) have been dropped. An all-new Golf is scheduled to emerge in the second quarter of 2006.

Volkswagen's warranty offers bumper-to-bumper coverage for four years/50,000 miles. Wear-and-tear items and adjustments are covered for one year/12,000 miles. Fully transferable powertrain coverage is for five years/60,000 miles, and roadside assistance is provided for four years.


Exterior
The Golf hatchback stands 56.7 inches tall, has a 98.9-inch wheelbase and measures 164.9 inches long overall. The bumpers, side moldings, mirror housings and grille are body-colored. The GLS comes with a power sunroof. All-season tires are mounted on 15-inch wheels.

Interior
Upright hatchback styling allows the driver and passengers to sit more vertically in the Golf than in most small cars. Space is adequate for four adults, though the interior is intended to seat up to five. The area behind the rear seat holds 18 cubic feet of cargo. Split rear seatbacks fold for additional storage room, creating a total of 41.8 cubic feet of cargo space when folded. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, an eight-speaker CD/cassette stereo, cruise control, a manual tilt/telescoping steering column, and power windows, locks and mirrors.

An optional Cold Weather Package for the GLS includes heated front seats and heated front windshield washer nozzles. A Monsoon sound system is standard in GLS models.


Under the Hood
The Golf's 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine produces 115 horsepower, while the available turbocharged 1.9-liter four-cylinder diesel generates 100 hp. The gasoline engine teams with a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission, while the diesel engine drives a five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic that incorporates a Tiptronic manual-shift provision.

Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain-type airbags and antilock brakes are standard. Volkswagen's Electronic Stabilization Program is optional.

Driving Impressions
The Golf hatchback is a versatile, functional, fun-to-drive small car. The available diesel engine delivers impressive fuel economy, and it's also surprisingly quiet and brisk.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.4
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(3.3)
Interior Design
(3.9)
Comfort
(3.3)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(3.9)
(3.0)

Decent car

by Jacobsmith34 from Boone, NC on October 15, 2018

I bought this when my 1989 Isuzu kicked the can from a used lot. I believe this car was a lemon since it broke down the day I drove off the lot. But since then, it is fairly dependable other than tiny ... Read full review

(4.0)

great little car

by das auto driver from Richmond, VA on April 28, 2011

I was looking for a small vehicle that was good on fuel, dependable and easy on my finances. The VW Golf fit the bill. The Golf is not just economical but it is really fun to drive. In a nutshell I ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Volkswagen Golf currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 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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