2005 Volkswagen GTI

  • 2005 Volkswagen GTI Base Hatchback

    Base Hatchback

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      1.8L I4
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  • 2005 Volkswagen GTI VR-6 Hatchback

    VR-6 Hatchback

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      2.8L V6
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2005 Volkswagen GTI Review

Inspired by the Volkswagen Golf with more power.

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The 2005 Volkswagen GTI comes in one body style with two submodels available. It's available in the 1.8T and VR6 submodels. Based on the idea of performance on a budget, it has a reasonable price tag despite the quality interior materials. Despite the reasonable price, it is a little more expensive than some competitors’ models. One downside is that the body’s design is based on older models that have already been improved in the competition. Available engines include the 1.8-liter four-cylinder and 2.8-liter V-6 that come standard with a manual transmission. It was inspired by the Volkswagen Golf hatchback.

The Range

Body styles: hatchback
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 2.8-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Volkswagen GTI 1.8T, Volkswagen GTI VR6

What's New

The 2005 Volkswagen GTI was completely remodeled and redesigned in 2006 so new options or features were made in the 2005 model.


The 2005 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T comes with 16-inch alloy wheels and a steel spare wheel. An all-season full-size matching spare tire is provided and mounted on the inside. The VR6 submodel comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a steel spare wheel, and a matching full-size spare tire as well. Cargo tie-downs are also installed on the exterior for extra cargo carrying space. A rear defogger is equipped with the rear window to remove frost in the cold winter seasons and humidity on foggy summer days. An intermittent rear wiper is also installed to keep the rain from obstructing the view behind it.


The front and rear headroom and shoulder room are comparable in the interior of the 2005 Volkswagen GTI, but the legroom in the rear is considerably smaller. The front seats are height adjustable and cloth upholstered sport style seats. The rear seats are also upholstered with cloth and have a split folding seatback. Rear ventilation ducts are also installed to supply the rear passengers with better air circulation and help them stay cool in hot weather. Both models have remote power locks. The outside rear view mirrors are power as well as heated and have two one touch windows. The convenience features listed for both the 1.8T and VR6 models are the same. Cruise control and power steering are installed. Interior air filtration and air-conditioning keep the air cold and fresh so the cabin is comfortable in hot weather. One 12-volt outlet is available in the front and one in the rear to power any 12-volt accessories. Both models also have the comfort of leather trim on the steering wheel knob, the shift knob, and the steering wheel. The audio systems on both submodels are also the same. The audio system has eight speakers, a single disc CD player, and also has speed sensitive volume control.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Volkswagen GTI's 1.8T with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder produces 180 horsepower and delivers 173 lb-ft of torque to the drivetrain. The VRS with its 2.8-liter V-6 produces 200 horsepower and delivers 195 lb-ft of torque to the drivetrain. On the 1.8T the five-speed manual is standard and the five-speed transmission with manual shifting is optional. On the VR6 only a six-speed manual transmission is available. The turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder in the 1.8T with the six-speed transmission with manual shifting capability has superior performance compared to the VR6. The handling is equally fun and makes driving a hatchback more exciting and appealing. The ride is comfortable on the highway and on smooth suburban streets, but can become quite bumpy and uneven as the road quality degrades. Small imperfections in the roadway can be felt in the car, especially with the 17-inch tires on the VR6.


The 2005 Volkswagen GTI has a four-wheel anti-lock brake system with ventilated from discs and sold rear discs. The braking system is equipped with electronic brake force distribution for further prevention against sliding. Traction control helps keep a firm grip on the roadway. Both front and rear head airbags are installed and dual front side-mounted airbags give further protection in the front of the cab.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen GTI 1.8T: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen GTI VR6: 19/27 mph city/highway

You'll Like

  • 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Extra cargo space
  • Extra passenger space
  • Precise handing

You Won't Like

  • Bumpy ride
  • Both models’ engines rated as having moderate problems

Sum Up

Inspired by the Volkswagen Golf with more power.

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