Used Volkswagen Golf GTI (2005 - 2008) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 12 Sep 2014
4.5
The Golf GTI came back with a bang in 2005. Powered by a turbocharged 200bhp 2.
Volkswagen Golf GTI (05-08)
Great performance, fun to drive, easy to live with, iconic badge
Expensive compared to some hot hatches and not as quick either

New price range:

£20,635 - £24,465

Used price range:

£2,102 - £7,506

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The Golf GTI came back with a bang in 2005. Powered by a turbocharged 200bhp 2.0T FSI engine, it's smooth, refined and pleasingly quick to drive plus there's a choice of the standard six-speed manual or an optional semi-automatic DSG gearbox. On the road the GTI is simply superb, cornering with accurate precision and providing plenty of surefooted grip.

It looks the part too with styling cues and features such as the chequered seat fabric designed to evoke memories of the original model. Stylish, quick and enjoyable to drive, as hot hatches go, the Golf GTI is firmly back on top. Two special editions, the Edition 30 and Pirelli, offer 30bhp more than the standard GTI, along with unique styling touches inside and out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Good for transporting 4 to 5 adults, yet easy to park - it feels bigger inside.  

5 out of 5

Caroline Matthews ,   21 Oct 2014    ... read more

 It's built to fit big drivers (I'm 6'4") and the rear comfortably fits large adults even for long journeys. Good fuel economy on long trips (40mpg).  

5 out of 5

Chris Birrell ,   07 Oct 2014    ... read more

 The GTI badge does not take away any practicality, it is still a golf. You can still carry 5 people and it has a respectful boot size for your shopping. I get 33 MPG on average. On motorway runs I can...  

5 out of 5

Adrian Richards ,   20 May 2014    ... read more

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