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Volkswagen Golf GTD

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?

They’re abundant. Similar tweaks to the GTI (stiffer and 15mm than a regular Golf) are by its XDS+ electronic faux-diff, can brake the inside wheels on axles (even though the is still front-wheel drive) to understeer, while Progressive is also standard. It’s direct than a conventional, steering set-up, supposedly the need to move your around the wheel during corners while offering a compromise between comfort and with its variable ratio.

The rates are slightly softer the GTI, which curiously a level of looseness to the chassis the GTI misses. The GTI’s chassis is capable, but it lacks a fraction of in pitch and yaw that a good can exploit to improve turn in, the line, or agitate the car into tyre grip. The slightly GTD allows a little more, 5-10 per cent, corresponding to a feeling of dips and compressions and and consequently a greater understanding of the 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 it compare?

The Golf GTD faces a bigger than ever from its cousins, the SEAT Leon FR and Octavia vRS. The VW feels similar to both, proving how cars on the oft-mentioned MQB VW Group are starting to feel. Those a more premium feel can spec the GTD’s 181bhp in an Audi A3. which actually at a lower price in Sport kicking off at £24,375, with a body style also

If you’re buying privately little need to consider tax the current crop of petrol hot mk7 Golf GTI and BMW M135i among offer more performance completely binning fuel our long-term test Beemer north of 35mpg with trouble.

Anything else I to know?

Overall, the GTD is not as invigorating as the GTI but is a mighty impressive car. Its characteristics, while not perfect, are and that intangible ‘Golf’ whereby it constantly reminds you of its and indeed iconic status is and correct everywhere you look. As an proposition, it excels that it offers some driver too should be celebrated.

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