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Volkswagen Golf GTD

Volkswagen Golf GTD review


All the Golf benefits, thumping performance, sharper GTi-like


Not as sharp as the GTi, isn’t as smooth as new 7-speed, to put power down in the wet, not as as some rivals

If logic is and the status quo is upheld, then the Golf GTD is a shoo-in for a five review. When we saw the regular Mk7 last year, we called it all the car ever need — no and no less. So you’d expect a version, in top-of-the-line GTD trim and 184bhp, to gild the Golf

The Golf GTD has quickly become one of the popular models in the range, the aesthetic of the GTi but costing that bit to buy and run thanks to its diesel flavour. that many cars at level are bought as company it’s unsurprising that by the the sixth-generation Golf made way for GTD was outselling GTi by around three to

Diet Golf?

There are two key to its appeal: performance and looks. VW has honed the Golf’s image the years and the new Mk7 perfectly encapsulates in a more chiselled form before — with detailing and a more cab-rearward than before.

To this design base the GTi has historically added a special a deeper valence and spoiler, grille textures and discrete GTi It doesn’t sound like but adds up to a lot. GTD follows the GTi rulebook closely in this Except that where the car uses red detailing, the GTD uses a

The wheels are different too, so the effect is GTi lite. It’s not as in-your-face boy racer without its red But it does still look bit meaner than a regular especially from the front those U-shaped daytime lamps.

GTi performance without the hit?

You don’t buy a GTD to save per se — otherwise you would buy a regular diesel Golf. But you do buy it the performance is borderline amusing for a and because it’ll still do whereas the GTi won’t (at least in Cheaper tax and lower CO2 emissions your way with the GTD too.

the reality is that despite most of our 400-miles in the GTD on a motorway, it to return more than We’re pretty sure the GTi be returning around 40mpg in conditions, so the difference in fuel perhaps isn’t as massive as you think.

More noteworthy is a similar run in a diesel BMW 120d over 10mpg more. How this has to do with our driving and how much might be down like the 6-speed DSG gearbox to this VW test car, can’t calculate. All we know is we didn’t find the fuel as impressive as we had anticipated.

It’s worth adding the regular Golf diesel has struck us as particularly slow, yet is to buy and would, we suspect, return fuel economy. Meanwhile, the performance — though — never comes to the kind of performance edge the GTi offers. So what’s the appeal?

A of torque

While most you read about cars are with their power, out in the world it’s the torque a measure of twisting force that matters on the roads for how and flexibly a car drives. Basically, typically have more from low down the rev range petrol engines, which means you have to rev them hard and change gears often than in a petrol

And the GTD has torque to spare — from 1,750-3250rpm — simply means it picks up and from very low revs. with the 6-speed auto it made for very brisk and progress. You simply identify a gap in point the car at it and squeeze the accelerator. stress-free driving has never so easy. And it’s another you might choose D over i in the world of Golf. Life in the is less frenetic than the

Yet this surfeit of torque create a couple of issues. The GTD has so of it on offer that it’s got too for VW’s new 7-speed DSG auto to cope with. The older is from a bad box, but if we’re nit we did notice that it was a degree smooth in its changes than the new And that slug of low-down creates other problems in slippery conditions, where we the Golf at times struggling to put its down without spinning up the The gearbox at times even off in second gear to overcome issues. It’s a very point but so much else is — nigh on perfect with this car, the niggles stand out.

the drive is pure Golf, a bit more vim and firmness from the big The performance really is quite once it’s rolling and the steering and handling balance are only to a Ford Focus in class of car. But the VW is far more with it.

Volkswagen Golf GTD

Golf-goodness abounds

inside and, like any Mk7, you get a welcoming interior makes you feel warm inside (though the heated might have had something to do that). It’s very to get comfortable and feel at home. So is this driving cockpit yet so low key and unfussy — that only when you drive cars that it’s rightness and ease of use is brought relief.

The dials are clear and legible, the display between the gauges you to call on pretty much any of info you want — turn-by-turn satnav functions, to oil to a large digital speedo which we increasingly find a in a world of 20-mile long of average-speed-monitored motorways.

GTD spec you some nice extras little GTD inscriptions, bits of and flashes of chrome you don’t get on models. Most noticeable is the Jacara upholstery though, looks like tartan and has featured on every GTi-model Anecdotally, every guy who rode in the car to like it, while every seemed to find it hilariously

The Golf is generally well these days too. Bluetooth connectivity and parking front and rear are all standard. nice to get for extra with the GTD is a touch-screen interface, Xenon and radar cruise control automatically maintains a distance to the car in and will auto-brake it to a complete

Of the additional options fitted to our we found the 8-inch colour and the discover navigation pro satnav (£1,165) a nice-to-have rather an essential. The basic system is good, but we’d go as far as to say that is probably the best touchscreen used in any car (regular readers know we’re not great of touchscreens in vehicles). We’d the (£375) box for the winter pack which includes heated and washer jets. But we could without the keyless start


A car that gets so right throws greater on any small quibbles. And we have a few the GTD, which might this sound like a review. So let’s set the record the Golf GTD is a great car. It at the very least, near to the top its Its panache and class should you think hard about extra on an Audi A3; its general and design integrity sits it and shoulders above a Mercedes

The real question — for our review and your buying — is more in relation to the of the Golf range. We get why the GTD is popular: it a good deal butcher a regular Golf and whichever way you cut it, going to be cheaper to run than the

And yet we can’t help but feel the regular Golf diesel is an complete car, one that all the boxes but will save you a lot of Meanwhile the petrol GTi is only a more money yet a good sharper and more fun to drive for looking for a Golf with a few thrills. One of those two would be our which leaves the GTD sitting in the middle.

That the Golf GTD isn’t the out of its range is to damn it with praise. It’s still but strangely marred by its existing Ultimately, though, that matter to most of its buyers it still ticks more than any of its rivals.

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