2006 Volkswagen Golf

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$16,030

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2006 Volkswagen Golf

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Seat adjustments
  • Final year for this generation

4 trims

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Our 2006 Volkswagen Golf trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2006 Volkswagen Golf review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.5
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 3.5
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.1
  • Reliability 3.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

2000-2006 Best VW Golf's Ever Made

If you love small cars the VW Golf made in the first 1/2 of the 2000's are by far the best. Love my 2006. Have had 5, and ending up selling 4 of them to friends, as they loved riding in them that much. Normal maintenance with no major problems on any I have owned. Can easily go to 200,000; probably 300,000. Have seen 2 running great at that milage. Space in back just about right for normal household chores, with rear seat folded down. Fun to drive, and they just seem to have more power than a lot of other 4 cylinders I have driven. Plus I love the body style, the oil filters are easier to change and they don't have turbo issues like later model VW's.

3.6

Decent car

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 things breaking. My biggest complaint is how most mechanics freak out when they have to work on it and typically drastically over charge ($300 for a catalytic converter, $900 for clutch, $700 for brakes,etc). If you know how to work on it, or have a good mechanic, this car is great because it's really fun to drive and gets great mpg

4.3

great little car

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 now know what the German?s meant by ?Fahrvergnugen.?

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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