• (4.6) 26 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,972$9,616
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 27
  • Engine: 180-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2006 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take on the 2006 Volkswagen GTI

Our Take

A redesigned GTI hatchback coupe with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is scheduled to debut during the first quarter of 2006. Meanwhile, the current-generation GTI continues for a short 2006 model run. The V-6 GTI has been dropped, which leaves only the turbocharged four-cy... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort on rough pavement
  • Difficult backseat entry and exit
  • Final year for this generation

Notable Features

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard side-impact and side-curtain airbags


Our Expert Reviews

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by madprof44 from Chicago on September 15, 2009

I've owned German cars since the 70's, Audis, Porsches (way back in the 70's), a short unhappy flirtation with MB, VW's aplenty. The Gti Mk 5 (I snagged one of the first in 2006) isn't the most luxuri... Read Full Review

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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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