Cool for amateurs
Fog lights and indicators leak water inside.
Rear shock absorbers worn out.
Gearbox broke three times!!!
Rear brake pads worn out.
The car is very easy to handle. The steering is very light, as if you were driving on air. However, as it is front wheel drive, it tends to understeer pretty badly on fast corners.
Quite predictable. ABS works just fine.
The 2.0 115HP engine is of course more than traditional 1.6, but it is a joke of the GTI. Compared to 2.0 DOCH 150HP or the VR6, it is really hard to understand, why Volkswagen had put it in the GTI version. It's a laugh. A sad one. Though you can do over 115mph, there's no thrill at all. Recently some maybe 20 year old Honda Civic outran me at the traffic light. Pathetic!.. It also can't do any more than 25mpg in a city.
The most astonishing part is the gearbox. The rear gear pinion broke twice!.. (the third time I replaced the whole gearbox, because it had worn out during the previous breakdowns) You have to be very gentle when driving rearwards and not to rev up! It's probably the Achilles heel of this car.
The details for the Golf are probably the most cheapest in the market. So if you crash or just need a replacement, it can't hurt you less.
The cheap interior plastics tend to annoy, especially when going on gravel roads. It's just impossible to understand what exactly is rattling. However, the Recaro seats are build quite well, they give a decent support in various situations.
The full electricity package, climatronic, nice audio system make it a car you may like, if you're not too sophisticated.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th January, 2007