(4.6) 25 reviews
MSRP: $3,718$9,926
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

BRUNSWICK, Maine We want everything. We want our cake without the calories, our mini-mansion without the hefty mortgage, our suburban lifestyle without the commute. We want fuel-efficient cars and trucks -- the more miles per gallon the better. But we also want more power, the more the better there, as well. We want style. But we'll take it absent the flash, thank you very much.Volkswagen ... Read full review for the 2006 Volkswagen GTI

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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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A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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