2005 Volkswagen GTI User Reviews
- $5,555 - $6,401
- No trim specified for this review
- good modern engine, stable
This car got a real good engine -- made for the highway.
The maximum torque is available at 1950RPMs and stays the same until 5000RPM. This means if you compare this car with a Japanese car,
you got much more power available at lower RPM -- so the 180HP translate to 300HP on a Honda � when considering available power for daily driving (below 4000RPM).
The car reaches 120mil/hour very quick in the 5th gear -- and stays stable at this speed. In the 4th gear you can reach this speed even quicker.
The top speed is above 140mil/hour -- but you cannot reach it because of the all-season tires allow only 130mil/hour.
Accelerating from 50mil/hour in the 5th gear is real fun � you can so easily -- without any need to gear down -- leave the rest of the world behind you.
If the stock power is not enough for you there are websites available which change the programming of the engine control � and you get even more torque and 30hp more.
The stability control makes certain that you don�t accidentally get out of control e.g. when accelerating full throttle from stop while making a turn. Cars with stability program are considerable less often involved in single car accidents.
The car handles very well on snowy roads � traction control comes into play. My version did not allow for snow chains on the stock tires � they are too wide.
Btw � 60mil/hour can be reached in the second gear.
The engine breaks pretty strongly when you step of the accelerator � this makes for quite relaxed driving � you hardly need to use the breaks when following other cars which do. Tip: Try to find an wide & empty parking place and do some fast turns � you can feel the stability program at work � it does not let you drive faster than the car will allow for a given turn radius � but tires are screaming nonetheless.
When driving in the city you hardly need to use higher RPMs than 3000 � relaxed driving.
BTW � I got the manual transmission.
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