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2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD

The mk7 VW Golf gains a new ‘Gran Diesel’ model. How does the GTD to its GTI sibling?

January 2014

is it?

The new Volkswagen Golf GTD, a diesel-powered GTI. It joins the mk7 VW range with more than its forebear, a gamut of new and prices that start at

The new mk7 VW Golf GTD is expected to sell perhaps three times the of units as the new GTI in the UK thanks mostly to sales and its unquestionably low running We’re not talking huge overall 2000-3500 units a but those who plump for the GTD over a GTI not be disappointed.

Technical highlights?

abundant. Similar suspension to the GTI (stiffer and 15mm lower a regular Golf) are joined by its electronic faux-diff, which can the inside wheels on both (even though the Golf is front-wheel drive) to reduce while Progressive Steering is standard. It’s more than a conventional, constant-ratio set-up, supposedly negating the to move your hands the wheel during tight while offering a better between comfort and agility its variable ratio.

The damper rates are slightly than the GTI, which introduces a level of looseness to the which the GTI misses. The GTI’s is astonishing capable, but it lacks a of movement in pitch and yaw that a driver can exploit to improve in, tighten the line, or agitate the car releasing tyre grip. The softer GTD allows a little perhaps 5-10 per cent, to a greater feeling of dips and and roll, and consequently a greater of the road surface.

The engine is a 181bhp 2-litre turbodiesel, seen on the SEAT FR and soon to sit in the front of the mk3 Skoda vRS. Here it combines a 0-62 time with (claimed, of course) if you stick the standard six-speed manual the latter figure dropping if you the optional six-speed DSG twin-clutch An optional sound actuator to boost the GTD’s soundtrack and its frugal intentions.

In the styling its certainly more GTI than with a deeper front and honeycomb grille albeit the iconic red stripes of the GTI. also a tailgate spoiler and Nogaro wheels, unique to the with 19in Santiago on the options list.

What’s it like to drive?

The with a progressive rack, is but not exactly buzzing with even in the weightier Sport The ride of our DCC Active damper-equipped car is yet controlled and forgiving in all of its modes.

The engine is punchy in its powerband but not fun to rev out no surprise, perhaps but you do end up driving it like any other Golf surfing its abundant torque 280lb ft from a mere without ever really with it. The sound actuator is a bit adding a burbling, petrol-like from the exhausts, which with the very obviously engine. It’s rorty to outside the car, but if you’re to spec it, you ought to be the one relishing its

Otherwise, this is a precise, and refined hatchback that with aplomb and shrugs off speeds like a 5-series or (it sat indicating its 143mph top speed for a open stretch of Autobahn). like the mk7 Golf GTI we drove here’s a car that, on first impresses and flatters without that extra level of keen drivers crave.

ESC allows a tiny amount of but what the GTD really needs is the for the driver to fully deactivate the control. We sense there’s extraordinary chassis behaviour disguised somewhat by electronic which is a shame for those of us who the exploration of such things.

How does it compare?

The Golf GTD a bigger challenge than from its cheaper cousins, the Leon FR and Skoda Octavia The VW feels very similar to proving how samey cars on the MQB VW Group architecture are starting to Those seeking a more feel can also spec the 181bhp engine in an Audi A3. actually starts at a lower in Sport trim, kicking off at with a saloon body also available.

If you’re privately with little to consider tax bands, the current of petrol hot hatches mk7 Golf GTI and BMW among them offer performance without completely fuel economy, our long-term Beemer averaging north of with little trouble.

else I need to know?

the GTD is not as invigorating as the GTI but is nevertheless a mighty car. Its performance characteristics, not perfect, are enjoyable and that ‘Golf’ effect whereby it reminds you of its premium and indeed status is present and correct you look. As an ownership proposition, it that it also offers driver enjoyment too should be

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