2006 Volkswagen GTI Test drive and new car review 2006 Volkswagen GTI VW GTI — Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Volkswagen Golf GTI

The ready-to-run hot rod

The Volkswagen GTI burst the scene back in 1984 as a version of the Rabbit hatchback. loved it. In spirit, the new-for-2006 GTI is the yet to the original; in practice, technology has simplicity to provide a car that’s of fun and very, very fast. No needed: The GTI is a grin-generator right out of the I loved it. $21,990 base, as tested. EPA city/highway MPG: manual, 25/31 DSG (automatic).

Glance: Kit vs. RTR

Years ago I worked for a shop that sold (R/C) vehicles. Back everything was in kit form — the car kit in one box, the electronics in another, which meant several of assembly before you could get out and break it.

Recently, after years of one, I bought myself an R/C I was surprised to find how much had Kits are now rare; everything is meaning Ready To Run, so you can get out and breaking it right away.

The hot rod scene is a lot like that. modern hot rods (aka compacts) are kits: buy a used Civic and start swapping The results can be hit-or-miss depending on the (and taste) of the owner.

So comes the all-new 2006 VW GTI the ready-to-run hot rod. The GTI is a complete aggressive styling, hot turbocharged taut suspension. It even the direct-shift gearbox (DSG). the first self-shifting transmission won’t get the driver laughed off the starting line. No hit-or-miss My test car, silver the standard 17 multi-spoke wheels, was the blandest-looking GTI made (I prefer colors and the optional 18 wheels as on this Jetta GLI ), and it still good. It looked fast .

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In the Driver’s Driving is serious business.

dashboard says It’s all the driving, baby

© Aaron

Aside from the flat-bottomed wheel with GTI logo, the interior is typical old-school VW: and purposeful, a serious place to get on the serious business of driving. The seats are height-adjustable and have bolstering to keep the driver’s in place while cornering. No control-wise; everything is plainly and easy to use, though the cruise control takes getting used to.

Hot-rodding is a sport, so it’s nice to see the GTI treats back-seat passengers The two-door doesn’t make in easy, but once there the two passengers get a decent-sized seat, legroom, and their own cupholders and A/C (A four-door GTI will join the in 2007 .) There’s a 3-point and headrest for a center passenger; he may not be but he’ll be safe. (Need space? Check out the Jetta essentially a GTI with a trunk.) not in use, all three rear-seat drop low enough so as not to block too of the rear view.

Its hatchback body makes the GTI cargo-friendly, and VW adds onto with grocery bag hooks, tie-downs, and a center pass-through to skis. The rear seatback and folds down, but it doesn’t perfectly flat.

On the Road: does this thing fast!

The GTI’s powerplant is a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine. FSI direct-injection technology sprays directly into the cylinder than into the intake just above it, improving power and mileage. I averaged MPG, very impressive how much time was spent (wheee!) or slowly jockeying for photos. Compared to the previous 1.8 turbo, the 2.0T feels responsive with less lag.

GTIs come with a manual or 6-speed Direct Gearbox. (For more on DSG and how it go here .) The DSG uses a proper just like a manual, but it faster than a human can minimal slippage. That near-instant upshifts mean GTIs out-accelerate manuals. there’s your excuse for a sports car without a stick.) The DSG has (normal and sport) modes or can be shifted using the shift or paddles on the steering wheel. I prefer a traditional clutch but I have to admit that I can do with a manual, the DSG can do better and No surprise that VW’s tests show the DSG to be faster to 60 and city MPG is almost 10% better with the stick-shift.

Handling-wise the GTI hangs on well maneuvers sane enough to be out on public roads. Summer tires come standard; may need to invest in a set of snow I liked the steering’s feel and the ride to be surprisingly smooth and

Journey’s End: A complete package — just buy and

Hatchback body boosts and practicality

By the same token, had I my R/C truck in kit form, it’d still be on the workbench in pieces. ready-to-run means you can get right out and drive — and it makes as sense for a real car as it does for an R/C There are still plenty of enhancements that one can add to the GTI to modify its power and handling, but the 2006 GTI offers quite a lot for it’s starting price. And for GTI owners, the start right off the showroom

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