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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF DIESEL HATCHBACK

2.0 TDI 200 GTD 5dr DSG

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

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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions137.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed152mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Car2X communication
  • Digital cockpit
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
  • Lane assist
  • Mobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging function
  • Progressive steering
  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • Start/Stop function
  • Travel assist with emergency side assist with electrically foldable door mirrors
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Wireless app connect

Entertainment

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

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • Dual chrome plated stainless steel tailpipes
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • GTI style bumpers
  • Heat insulating glass windscreen
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Highway light
  • Illuminated front grille
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED License plate illumination
  • Light assist - High beam assist ( Automatic sensing for switching between dipped and main beam)
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
  • Rear lights incorporating LED technology
  • Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Remote electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors, including door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on pa
  • Welcome light

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 3 zone climate with controls in the rear
  • Aluminium gear knob
  • Ambient lighting - Customisable 30 colour ambient lighting
  • Ambient lighting, exterior illuminated styling elements at the sides
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel pedals
  • Centre console
  • Chrome plated surround to electric mirror button, window switch and air vent surrounds
  • Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front seat lumbar support adjuster
  • Front sports seats
  • Glovebox
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats and front passenger seat
  • Jacara cloth upholstery
  • LED front reading lights X 2
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • R Line front seats integrated head restraints
  • R-Line leather wrapped multi function sports heated steering wheel
  • Removable luggage compartment cover
  • Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
  • Woven fabric storage compartments in front and rear doors

Safety

  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbags
  • Front disc brakes
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

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

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling

Trim

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

Wheels

  • Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    117
  • HC
    Not Available
  • 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

Engine and Drive Train

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

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    55.4

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    200
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TDI 200
  • Coin Series
    GTD
  • Generation Mark
    8
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    27E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

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

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    BAKERSFIELD
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

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

Weight and Capacities

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

   
Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"2 weeks ago"

Emily Evans

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"I'm so impressed with the level of service that I have been provided with by both Ryan and Holly. All of my questions were answered quickly and clearly, my new car is absolutely beautiful and I can't believe how quick delivery was! Thank you so much guys! :)"

"a month ago"

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"The team at Silverstone have been brilliant, my journey started with Ryan who looked after me initially and provided all the quotes on different vehicles, lease lengths & mileage options he never lost interest and was always there to tweak as I needed, nothing was too much trouble. The order process was simple and I was kept up to date all the way through. Holly then picked up my account and was nothing short of amazing! She has the patience of a saint, keeping me updated on the phone, email and through the vehicle tracker all the while dealing with me and my constant questions! A few teething issues on delivery but all down to Tesla and as soon as I asked for help Holly stepped up to help get them all sorted! I would highly recommend to anyone!"

"6 months ago"

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