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2005 Volkswagen Golf

  • 2005 Volkswagen Golf GL Hatchback

    GL Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,705
  • 2005 Volkswagen Golf GL Hatchback

    GL Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,905
  • 2005 Volkswagen Golf GLS Hatchback

    GLS Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      115/122
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,390
  • 2005 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI Hatchback

    GLS TDI Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      46
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      100/177
    • ENGINE
      1.9L I4
    • MSRP
      $19,580
  • 2005 Volkswagen Golf GL TDI Hatchback

    GL TDI Hatchback

    • MAX MPG
      46
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      100/177
    • ENGINE
      1.9L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,450
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2005 Volkswagen Golf Review

A versatile and handy car for families that travel.

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Overview

The 2005 Volkswagen Golf has a hatchback wagon body style. It is available in four different models, two of which use diesel engines. The four models of the Volkswagen Golf are the GL, GLS, GL TDI, and GLS TDI. The TDI models come with 1.9-liter diesel engines. The GL TDI pairs this engine to a manual transmission and the GLS TDI to an automatic transmission. All four models have excellent fuel economy, stability control, and traction control. A suitable model for a family car, it will not use the grocery money on gas, especially the TDI models, and has plenty of room to haul a family of five.

The Range

Body styles: hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 1.9-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Golf GL, Volkswagen Golf GLS, Volkswagen Golf GL TDI, Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI

What's New

There are no new features in any of the 2005 Volkswagen Golf models, but a total redesign was planned for the 2006 model.

Exterior

The 2005 Volkswagen Golf GL and SL TDI come with steel 15-inch steel wheels with a steel spare wheel. A full-size all season inside mounted spare tire is provided with new purchases. The rear window has both a window defogger to remove humidity and frost and a rear wiper to keep the view clear during rainy days. All models come with cargo tie downs to allow for extra cargo carrying capacity on the exterior. The only extra feature on the GLS and GLS TDI is a power glass sunroof that is great for letting sunlight in and allowing for fresh air circulation.

Interior

The interior of the 2005 Volkswagen Golf is somewhat roomier than the Beetle and has height adjustable driver and front passenger bucket seats upholstered with average quality cloth. The rear has a split folding seatback and rear ventilation to allow for extra cargo room and more fresh air. The doors have remote power locks, one-touch windows capable of remote operation, and power heated mirrors. One difference in the GLS and GLS TDI models include the upholstery, which is velour. All four models have cruise control, power steering, and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. 12-volt outlets are available in the front and the cargo area of all four models as well. Interior air filtration and air-conditioning are standard on all models. The audio system in all models has eight speakers, a single disc CD player with a controller, and speed sensitive volume control. Only the GLS and GLS TDI models are equipped with premium Monsoon brand speakers.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Volkswagen Golf's 2.0-liter produces a little bit more horsepower than the 1.9-liter diesel. The gas powered models have the option of a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel powered models have the option of a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic with manual shifting capabilities. The engines are quiet and brisk making the small Golf fun to drive. Not something that would impress sports car enthusiasts, but it is a functional and versatile car that is useful for families.

Safety

The 2005 Volkswagen Golf GL models have a four-wheel anti-lock brake system that uses ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear disc brakes. The four-wheel anti-lock brake system is supplemented with electronic brake force distribution, which helps keep the braking even while the anti-lock system helps the vehicle avoid sliding. Head airbags are installed in both the front and rear. Side mounted airbags are installed on both sides as well. The passenger airbag system is complete with an occupant sensing device that activates and deactivates the passenger airbags automatically, so manual activation is not necessary. The rear seat has a three-point center seat belt to keep the fourth passenger as safe as the others. Stability control and traction control help the vehicle stay balanced and with a good grip on the pavement. It has more safety features than the Volkswagen beetle.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Golf GL: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Golf GLS: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Golf GL TDI: 32/41 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI: 32/34 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Efficient fuel economy with the 2.0-liter gas powered four-cylinder
  • Excellent fuel economy with the 1.9-liter diesel four-cylinder
  • More safety features than the Volkswagen Beetle
  • Cargo space on the interior
  • Cargo tie downs on the exterior
  • Four-wheel independent suspension

You Won't Like

  • Does not have sporty performance
  • Does not have a stylish look
  • Diesel engine rated with moderate problems
  • Gasoline engine rated with moderate problems

Sum Up

A versatile and handy car for families that travel.

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