2006 Volkswagen Golf

  • 2006 Volkswagen Golf GL Hatchback

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  • 2006 Volkswagen Golf GLS Hatchback

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  • 2006 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDI Hatchback

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2006 Volkswagen Golf Review

Impressive cabin ambiance and amenities.

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The 2006 Volkswagen Golf is a fun vehicle to drive; and with the chunky hatchback style, it has character as well. Being such a hot seller in Europe for over two decades, the United States has more competition for the Volkswagen hatchback, but still tops the sales charts. The less impressive credentials of the competition are an advantage for the Golf vehicle. Some of the reasons that people adore the Golf hatchback are a roomy cabin that is solidly constructed, a long list of interior and exterior standard features, and high-quality materials. There is a good blend of agility for cornering and ride comfort. All of these things, coupled with the fun-factor of driving the hatchback, will put the 2006 Volkswagen Golf right up top in the segment.

Even though the 2006 Volkswagen Golf's 115-horsepower, four-cylinder base model might be outclassed by competitors, the excellent fuel economy and acceleration supremacy on the 2006 Volkswagen Golf can hold its own in popularity. The diesel-fueled Golf hasn’t got the get-up-and-go of others, but with the economy and uncertain gas costs, the VW Golf would still be a great choice.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2006 Volkswagen Golf drops its two-door version; now the GTI is only available in GLS models. The Golf is completely redesigned and named Rabbit, making its debut during the summer of 2006.


The 2006 Volkswagen Golf hatchback four-door comes with standard 15-inch steel wheels with the base GL model and 15-inch alloy wheels on the upper trim level, GLS. The GLS models also add a power glass sunroof with remote operation.


The 2006 Volkswagen Golf GL model standard features include cruise control, air-conditioning, CD player, keyless entry, steering wheel with tilt and telescoping functions, height adjustments for the driver seat, power locks, power windows, power mirrors, and headrests in various seating positions.

The GLS model will add upgraded interior upholstery, front seat storage armrest, and Monsoon premium sound system. The optional package for cold weather includes an upgrade to the heated front seats and windshield washer nozzles that are heated for convenience.

The interior is assembled with care and is full of high-quality materials. The cabin’s blue-red illumination is one of Volkswagen's signature features, and night time has never been more exciting than inside the 2006 Volkswagen Golf’s cabin. All of the seating is fairly roomy with the exception of the contoured bench that might suit two adults comfortably. The hatch of the golf gives about 18 cubic feet for storage with the seat upright, and 41.8 cubic feet of space is available for storage and hauling sports equipment or luggage is available with the seat down.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Volkswagen Golf has a base two-liter, inline-four engine that produces about 115 horsepower. Another choice is the diesel, 1.9-liter four-cylinder that can provide 100 hp with 177 lb-ft of torque. Both of the engines are fitted with manual five-speed or automatic four-speed transmission. The Golf hatchback is equipped with the four-cylinder two-liter and might feel sluggish than the others during highway speeds. The torque is over adequate for merging and passing, which makes this hatchback an ideal car for those that commute. The balance is overall pleasant for responsive handling and highway comfort with a slight body roll when cornering.


2006 Volkswagen Golf safety features included anti-lock disc brakes; four-wheel, side airbags for the front occupants, head curtain airbags for the rear and front, child seat anchors, and engine immobilizer. Optionally, the stability control and traction control can be added to the hatchback.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has given the 2006 Volkswagen Golf hatchback a rating of ""good,"" which is the highest rating for frontal offset crash tests. Government testing came back with five stars for front-passenger and driver protection during frontal-impact crashes, and four stars during side-impact testing for protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Golf GL: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Golf GLS: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Golf GLS TDI: 31/40 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Many standard features
  • Diesel engine is fuel efficient
  • Hatchback design
  • Interior materials are high quality

You Won't Like

  • Weak acceleration with two-liter version
  • Excessive body roll in cornering
  • More pricey than competitors

Sum Up

Impressive cabin ambiance and amenities.

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