2006 Volkswagen Golf 2.0 FSI petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Comfortable refined all rounder with some quirks

General Comments:

Very refined all rounder. Performance is very good. Handles and rides very well, feels solid on the road, ride comfort is excellent and corners nicely, excellent on rough NZ roads, smooths out imperfections that would have my Honda bucking and wallowing about in protest.

Brakes can be grabby at low speeds. DSG gearbox has some quirks, but is generally excellent, slick shifting, and a whole lot less scary than the horror stories I've heard about. It can be caught asleep after coasting though, and clonks into gear upon reacquaintance with the throttle. First gear is a bit short and the traction control lazy, which equals unexpected wheel scrabble and chirping tyres if driven briskly round town.

Interior is really well designed with some nice materials, but not all. Suffers from the typical European problem of scruffy door trims peeling away. Lots of thoughtful features like dipping passengers mirror when engaging reverse, air conditioned glove box, and huge door bins that accept a 1.5l water bottle.

Seats are comfortable, but it's a bizarre car to get in and out of as the seats are located well inboard towards the centre of the car, presumably to aid safety. This means to get in you sort of have to straddle the door sill, get half-way in onto the seat, then shift sideways again into the car. It also means the pedals are offset, which you get used to.

Prepare to get wet getting in and out in the rain! Open the doors or the boot, and the water rolls straight off the tapered roofline and onto you and the interior of the car as you get in or out.

Safety was one of the top reasons we chose this car. The body structure feels very strong and has 12 airbags.

We purchased a 3 year mechanical warranty with the car, and although nothing has gone wrong, it very much feels a question of "when" not "if" as is the case with most European cars we have owned as opposed to the Japanese ones. Fingers crossed though, because it's an excellent and classy all rounder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th January, 2016

2006 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0 TFSI from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

A fantastic car to drive and own

Faults:

Compulsory ECU recall. The car was running fine prior to this, and there has been no noticeable difference since the recall.

General Comments:

The Mk5 GTI is the perfect response to the previous Mk4 model. Every negative aspect of my old Mk4 GTI has been addressed with the new model.

The performance of the 2.0 TFSI is very strong, could always do with more power though. Having said that, the front wheels may struggle getting the power down, so, from factory it is about right.

Economy is very good also. Around town we're getting 9l/100kms, and on the highway we can get into high 6s-low 7s.

The handling is very safe and secure, but also very rewarding. At the absolute limit it is not as sharp as it might be, but at about 8-9/10ths the car is virtually faultless.

The looks of the car, inside and outside, are just right. A great blend of aggression and purpose, without being too boy racer. The styling is a massive improvement over the the Mk4.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2008

25th Jun 2008, 12:39

I have virtually weaned myself off VW's after reading reviews of the more recent models. I now drive a second hand Honda Jazz. I've had it for over a year and it has not missed a beat in that time. I am, however, still a fan of the older VW's.

2006 Volkswagen Golf Sport TDi 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Very fast with unbelievable economy

Faults:

No faults at all.

General Comments:

Amazing car. This is the 7th Golf I have owned in the last 20 years, and this mark V 2.0 TDi Sport model serves to reinforce I shall be a Golf fan for the rest of my life.

This car has been outstanding in terms of ; (i) performance, (ii) economy 50 - 70+mpg, (iii) handling (great improvement over the mark IV), (iv) reliability, (v) build quality (okay, I accept slightly less over-engineered compared to the mark IV), (vi) standard of dealership support.

A highly recommended car. Whatever type of driving you do - around town I think it runs on vapours kicked out of other cars, and on a motorway your only concern is collecting points on your license.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th June, 2008