VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 TDI GTD 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2137 g/km

There's something wholly satisfying about a powerful diesel engine in a smallish car and nothing really does that formula a whole lot better than Volkswagen's Golf GTD. It features GTI-type styling, tidy handling and now, a gutsy 200PS diesel engine under the bonnet that's far cleaner and more efficient than previous VW TDI units. Yet can still deliver hot hatch performance. And average over 50mpg.

TO D OR NOT TO D?

The latest Volkswagen Golf GTD lays claim to being a more complete car than its legendary GTI stablemate. Jonathan Crouch can see the appeal.

Ten Second Review

There's something wholly satisfying about a powerful diesel engine in a smallish car and nothing really does that formula a whole lot better than Volkswagen's Golf GTD. It features GTI-type styling, tidy handling and now, a gutsy 200PS diesel engine under the bonnet that's far cleaner and more efficient than previous VW TDI units. Yet can still deliver hot hatch performance. And average over 50mpg.

Background

"Diesel cars are better than they've ever been, but nobody's listening", one top industry executive told us recently. That may be true, but it hasn't stopped the Volkswagen Group from continuing to improve its black pump-fuelled technology. And here's a car, the Golf GTD, that demonstrates by just how much. At one point, with the success of the Golf GTE plug-in and the launch of the brand's ID.3 electric car, we wondered if the MK8 Golf range would bother to spawn its usual GTD high performance diesel derivative. But no, here it is, more appealing than ever to the right buyer prepared to pay a bit of a premium for a family hatch with high performance, a bit of extra class and a huge potential driving range. As ever, it's the thinking person's Golf GTI.

Driving Experience

The engine's a bit of a star here, which is interesting because Volkswagen diesels haven't always been at the top of the tree when it comes to flexibility and refinement. It's still a 2.0-litre TDI unit, but don't make the mistake of assuming this to be carry-over engine from before. This is a completely redesigned and significantly more efficient EA288 evo series powerplant, with significantly more power (200PS as opposed to 184PS before) and a slug more torque too (400Nm rather than 380Nm before). And now, it can only be had mated to 7-speed DSG auto transmission. There's sports suspension lowered by 15mm - just like with a Golf GTI. When all that grunt is deployed, it'll get this Golf to 62mph from stationary in 7.1 seconds. And with a top speed of 152mph, it's not about to be found wanting on anything but the most ruthless section of derestricted autobahn either. A new driving dynamics control system known as the 'Vehicle Dynamics manager' also debuts with this MK8 Golf GTD. This controls the XDS torque vectoring system and the optional DCC adaptive chassis control adjustable dampers to achieve a greater perceived difference between the feel of the car in its comfort and more sportily-orientated drive settings.

Design and Build

At first glance, the Golf GTD is virtually identical to its GTI showroom stablemate but take a closer look. Silver-themed touches differentiate this performance diesel variant - on a narrow line spanning the front end of the bonnet and on an LED strip in the headlight. As an option, the radiator grille can be illuminated as a continuation of this strip. The large, one-piece lower air intake grille features a honeycomb pattern with a black frame and a striking wing-like design at each corner. In profile, you get 17-inch alloy wheels with red brake callipers. And there are wider black side skirt sills than you'd normally get on a Golf, those sills coming together and either end of the car to form the front spoiler and the rear diffuser. LED tail light clusters feature at the rear, where there are double left hand tail pipes. Inside, as on the outside, the Golf GTD features different-coloured highlights where the GTI has red. This includes the interior of the central spoke of the steering wheel (in silver) and the seams and edging of the upholstery and trim (in light grey and black). There's also an emotive red pulsing start button. The brand's 10.25-inch 'Digital Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen is standard and most customers will want the company's 10-inch 'Discover Pro' centre-dash navigation infotainment display. Included in the price are stainless steel pedals and a background lighting system which bathes the cabin in a spectrum of 30 configurable colours. Otherwise, things are much as with any other Golf, so you get great build quality, decent space for two adults on the rear bench and a class-competitive 380-litre boot.

Market and Model

You'll need to pay nearly £33,000 for a Golf GTD these days, a model that today comes only with five doors and DSG auto transmission. That's over £2,000 less than you'd need to find for a DSG-equipped petrol Golf GTI; and over £3,000 less than the petrol Plug-in Hybrid Golf GTE. Volkswagen hopes that you'll want to pay more for its 'Travel Assist' 'IQ.DRIVE' system that gives Golf GTD drivers active steering, accelerating and braking at speeds of up to 130mph. Other common GTD model options are likely to include the trendy illuminating radiator grille and the DCC adaptive chassis control adjustable damping system. With the previous generation version of this car, we were a little dubious about whether DCC was worth the extra cash, but this time round, thanks to this model's integrated 'Vehicle Dynamics Manager' system, you really should be able to feel distinct differences between the available 'Comfort', 'Eco' and 'Sport' modes, plus in the extra 'Individual' menu, there's now a digital slider that allows you to create a more bespoke set-up. There's a stack of safety gear as well, with a Lane Assist lane keeping system, Front Assist Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, and XDS electronic differential lock for extra cornering traction and the 'Car2X' system (local communication with other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure).

Cost of Ownership

This Golf GTD is one of those cars that makes you scratch your head wondering how Volkswagen achieved that sort of economy with that sort of performance. Let's start with the engine tech here. As you'd want, this EA288 evo series 2.0 TDI powerplant conforms to the industry's most stringent Euro6d-TEMP RDE Step 1 Compliant standard. And it's been completely re-designed over the previous generation unit, with cylinder deactivation and new technology for the exhaust, turbo, fuel injection and thermos-management systems, all changes aimed at driving down running costs. Plus there's so-called 'twin dosing' catalytic converter technology which has reduced Nox emissions by up to 80% compared to the previous engine. The result of all this sees the GTD able to return up to 54.3mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and up to 137g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Which is impressive given that, a little surprisingly, Volkswagen has chosen not to incorporate mild hybrid technology into this engine, the kind of thing you get on diesel versions of this car's cousin the Audi A4 for instance. Otherwise, the recipe is the normal Volkswagen one, which means that you get a choice of 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' service regimes. And an unremarkable 3 year / 60,000 mile warranty.

Summary

You'd have to be a massive Golf GTI fan to justify buying that model over a GTD, iconic status notwithstanding. The Golf GTD is a different car though, not merely a GTI with lower running costs. The torquier engine gives it a very different feel and you'll drive it in a different way. It's refreshing to own a fast hatch that can manage over 50mpg on a good day yet which still has the chops to see off most other cars and can entertain on a cross country route. Plus it's a car that just makes you feel good about your purchase. Just about the only demerit is its possibly rather anodyne personality, but that's probably a subjective thing. The Golf GTD represents a good heart/head balance. In fact it might be the best car that sensible money buys.

  • Rain sensor
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Heat insulating glass windscreen

  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Front disc brakes
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Rear disc brakes

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Wireless app connect
  • Mobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging function
  • Car2X communication

  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • Progressive steering
  • Lane change assistant
  • Lane assist
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection

  • Start/Stop function

  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Travel assist with emergency side assist with electrically foldable door mirrors
  • Digital cockpit pro - 10.25" high resolution TFT dash display screen with customizable menus and information

  • Remote electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors, including door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on pa
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators

  • Black metal chrome decorative inserts in dash and front door trim panels
  • Soul dashboard

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility

  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • GTD style bumpers
  • Illuminated front grille
  • Chrome plated tailpipes (2 on left side)

  • LED rear combination lamp inlcuding dynamic turn signal
  • Advanced high beam control dynamic light assist for LED matrix headlamps
  • LED front fog lights with 5 honeycomb design
  • Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
  • IQ.Light - LED Matrix headlights inc. dynamic cornering with LED interactive matrix dipped and main beam + LED daytime running light + 22 LED lights
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Highway light
  • Welcome light
  • Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
  • LED License plate illumination

  • 3 zone climate with controls in the rear

  • Woven fabric storage compartments in front and rear doors
  • Brushed stainless steel pedals
  • Removable luggage compartment cover
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Black roof lining
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Glovebox
  • Centre console
  • Aluminium gear knob
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Chrome plated surround to electric mirror button, window switch and air vent surrounds
  • Leather wrapped multifunction sports heated steering wheel with paddle shift
  • 12V socket in front centre console

  • Front reading lights x 2 incorporating LED technology
  • Ambient lighting, exterior illuminated styling elements at the sides
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Ambient lighting - Customisable 30 colour ambient lighting

  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Two tone horn
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbags
  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners

  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Front sports seats
  • Front seat lumbar support adjuster
  • Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
  • Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats and front passenger seat

  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console
  • Electronic engine immobiliser

  • XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling

  • Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 117
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 137
  • HC: N

  • CC: 1968
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 51.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.5

  • Generation Mark: 8
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: GTD
  • Coin Description: TDI 200
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 200
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 200
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.1
  • Top Speed: 152
  • Engine Power - KW: 147
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Wheel Style: BAKERSFIELD
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4287
  • Width: 1789
  • Wheelbase: 2626
  • Height (including roof rails): 1478

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 787
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1545
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1390
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1950
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 730
  • Max. Loading Weight: 560

  • Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4x interval delay: Included

  • Dynamic chassis control (DCC) - variable suspension settings sport, comfort and normal: £785
  • Sports suspension: Included

  • Rear view camera: £300
  • Park assist sensor controlled steering aid to assist parallel or bay parking features optical parking display via vehicle's infotainment system: £200
  • Multifunction camera for distance control: Included
  • Front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, audible with audio volume reduction when activated + optical parking display via vehicles infotain system: Included

  • Discover nav pro with streaming and internet - 10" touch, european map, 3D map, traffic info, branded point of interest, speed limit display, 3 routes: £1,600
  • Discover navigation system - 10" touch screen, FM and DAB, USB C socket connection, Title and cover art display, Bluetooth connectivity + 6 speakers: Included
  • Head up Display: £625

  • Harman/Kardon sound system including 12 channel digital amplifier, 480 watt output and 9 speakers plus subwoofer: £625

  • Additional metallic paint: £755
  • Metallic paint: £625
  • Pearlescent paint: £1,040
  • Special solid paint: Included
  • Additional special solid paint: £375
  • Electric sliding/tilting panoramic glass sunroof with integrated roller blind: £1,000

  • Jacara cloth upholstery: Included
  • Vienna leather upholstery with heated and airconditioned front sports comfort seats, electric adjustment driver seat, seat memory: £2,100

  • Winter pack with heated rear seats - Golf GTE/GTI/GTI Clubsport/R: £470
  • Winter pack - Golf R Line/GTE/GTD/GTI/GTI Clubsport/R/Alltrack: £270

  • Metallic - Deep black pearl: £625
  • Metallic - Reflex silver: £625
  • Metallic - Dolphin grey: £625
  • Metallic - Atlantic blue: £625

  • Pearl - Oryx white: £1,040

  • Special solid - Pure white: £0
  • Special metallic - Kings red: £755
  • Special solid - Moonstone grey: £375

  • Proactive passesnger protection: £140
  • Digital key: £215
  • Rear side airbags: £335

  • Trailer hitch mechanically swiveling and power detachable: £785

  • Jacara cloth - Grey: £0

  • 19" Adelaide alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts: £725
  • 18" Bakersfield alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts: Included

  • Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant: Included
  • Space and weight saver spare wheel: £100

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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