2006 Volkswagen GTI

  • 2006 Volkswagen GTI Base Hatchback

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2006 Volkswagen GTI Review

A beefed up engine and better handling dynamics.

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The 2006 Volkswagen GTI models phased out one of its optional trim levels in lieu of an improved base model version. After selling off the existing 1.8T models, Volkswagen no longer will offer it. The good news is that the new GTI has everything that previous models offered plus a lot more. The fifth generation, 2006 Volkswagen GTI gets a small weight change, which makes it a bit heavier than others in the segment, but the structure of the body is stiffer than before. The rear suspension will now be fully independent.

The purchase of the old version is still a good idea since big money savings are normally offered when there is a phase-out. With new regulations and changes in technology, the 2006 Volkswagen GTI continues to be a very worthy option for those drivers that enjoy an upscale hatchback that is fun to drive. The updated turbocharged two-liter engine has direct fuel injection. The newly redesigned GTI 2006.5 model could be the best of the GTI models for a while. Hatchback fanatics will love the new GTI for the excitement and comfort.

The Range

Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Transmissions: optional automatic, six-speed manual
Models: GTI 1.8T, GTI Base

What's New

The old GTI 1.8T style is dropped, more features, such as stability control and 17-inch wheels are standard now. The Volkswagen GTI 1.8T is going to be phased out slowly in late spring. It will be redesigned and based on the new Golf model. 2006 Volkswagen GTI highlights are new style, more spacious interior, and increased performance.


The 2006 Volkswagen GTI has two doors and is a performance variant of another VW vehicle, the Golf. The only trim model that is currently available includes exterior features such as a rear spoiler, heated exterior mirrors, and high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights. Optionally, the feature of a sunroof and 18-inch wheels can be added to the GTI. Five beautiful exterior colors are available to custom chose the look of the GTI hatchback.


The 2006 Volkswagen GTIs cabin has a very notable presence of high-quality materials with a meticulous finish and fit. With an amazing amount of front-seat spaciousness, the rear seats offer the same comfort for other family members. Cargo space is estimated to be 15 cubic feet with the rear seats intact within the hatchback.

The 2006 Volkswagen GTI has multiple standard features included: manual sport seats, full power accessories, steering wheel with tilt and telescoping functions, satellite radio-capable 10-speaker audio system, navigation system that is DVD-based, and remote CD changer. Features that can be added as options include automatic climate control, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.

Performance & Handling

The 2006 Volkswagen 1.8T GTI is equipped with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that provides 180 horsepower. The available choices of transmissions are the manual five-speed and automatic five-speed transmission. The new GTI has a turbocharged two-liter four-cylinder under the hood that produces 200 horses and 207 lb-ft torque. Standard is the manual six-speed transmission that sends power towards the front wheels. Optionally, the DSG can be put on the GTI, which is the Direct Shift Gearbox six-speed transmission. There’s no clutch, and the gears shift manually or automatically depending on the driver-selected mode. Many drivers prefer this type of shifting as opposed to having to manually row the gears.

The 2006 Volkswagen GTI is sometimes outclassed by sport hatchbacks, but is generally quite comfortable enough for everyday driving. The Volkswagen has plenty of thrust right and has super-quick shifting with the DSG. Overall, the ride is very smooth and the sound system is excellent for leisurely driving experiences.


2006 Volkswagen GTI standard safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control. Brakes are more powerful and larger on the new GTI than ones on the Golf model. Side airbags and curtain airbags are now standard to protect all passengers. Volkswagen makes every effort to produce the safest vehicles without sacrificing handling and style. No official crash testing data is available for the Volkswagen GTI hatchback.

EPA Fuel Economy

Base: 21/29 mpg city/highway
GTI: 21/29 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Interior design with upscale features
  • Hatchback utility
  • Strong engine
  • Automated gearbox

You Won't Like

  • Cost is higher than competitors
  • Lacks oomph

Sum Up

A beefed up engine and better handling dynamics.

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