VW Golf GTD: Impressive diesel goes on sale

The latest version of the Volkswagen Golf GTD, which was introduced at the Geneva motor show last month, is now available to order with prices starting at £25,285 on the road.

Volkswagen Golf GTD

The New Volkswagen Golf GTD

That’s just £310 more than the previous model despite enhancements in performance and equipment.

The new VW Golf GTD is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged common rail diesel engine (TDI) with 184 PS.

Maximum torque – the characteristic that arguably best defines the easily accessible performance of the Volkswagen Golf GTD – has risen from 350 Nm (258 lbs ft) to 380 Nm (280 lbs ft) from just 1,750 rpm.

Acceleration from zero to 62 mph takes just 7.5 seconds, while the top speed is 142 mph, yet the new VW Golf GTD consumes just one gallon of fuel every 67.3 miles, making for CO2 emissions of only 109 g/km.

By anyone’s standards, those are really impressive figures for a diesel.

With the optional six-speed DSG, fuel consumption is 62.8 mpg and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. As evidence of the progress which Volkswagen has made over the years in combining performance and economy, when the first generation Golf BlueMotion went on sale at the end of 2007, it too returned 62.8 mpg and had CO2 emissions of 119 g/km.

The Volkswagen Golf GTD comes with smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination, along with standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, chrome dual tailpipes, 18-inch alloy wheels, side skirts, a rear diffuser, sports suspension and a large roof spoiler.

Distinctive GTD features distinguish the interior: along with tartan ‘Jacara Grey’ sports seats, a black roof lining, sports steering wheel, and stainless steel pedals; there is also a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster.

Comfort in the VW Golf GTD is guaranteed thanks to standard features including progressive steering, white ambience lighting, 2Zone climate control and a touchscreen infotainment system which also includes DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.

As well as high performance, a high level of safety equipment comes as standard in the Volkswagen Golf GTD which include  automatic Post-Collision Braking system, which automatically applies the vehicle brakes after an accident to reduce the chances of a second impact and the pre-crash system, which tensions seatbelts and closes windows and the sunroof if an accident is likely to improve the effectiveness of the airbags.

Prices for the Volkswagen Golf GTD start at £25,285 for the 2.0 litre three door model and rise to £27,355 for the 2.0 litre 5 door version.

I’ve said it before about Volkswagens – they aren’t the cheapest cars to buy and it makes sense to check out their leasing prices before buying one.

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