2006 Volkswagen GTI

At a Glance

Pricing $21,990 - $23,065
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.0l I4
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 23-25 (city), 31-32 (highway)

The Golf GTI is the icon of sporty hatchbacks, and dates back to 1983. VW finally brought the new GTI to the USA, several years after the European launch. A new 2.0L I-4 turbo puts out 200-bhp and 207 lb.-ft., which makes it the most powerful GTI ever. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or the automatic DSG(TM) gearbox. This is the first GTI with a multi-link independent rear suspension, so handling should be much improved over its predecessors. An aggressive new front fascia with a honeycomb grille shows that the GTI is all business, and distinguishes it from lesser Golfs. Available 18-inch alloy wheels show off the racy red brake calipers. Xenon HID lamps are standard. Interior upgrades include brushed metal trim, sport seats, and a 10-speaker CD audio system.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
GTI 2.0l I4 (200-bhp) A6 FWD 25/31/28 $23,065
GTI 2.0l I4 (200-bhp) M6 FWD 23/32/27 $21,990