Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Volkswagen Golf Gtd

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Volkswagen Golf Gtd

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Byline: John Murdoch

RECENTLY I tried out a fine but not too exciting version of the VW Golf in the shape of a practical family estate. Now I have been behind the wheel of the rather more sexy GTD hatchback version which is sold as an alternative to the GTI.

The GTI is the original hot hatch and it has always been the star of the range but its diesel-powered sibling is hot enough to appeal to most enthusiasts and also makes a very sensible financial case for owners.

Both versions arrived in the UK market in October of last year and both offer a really engaging drive.

The GTD highlights just how far diesel technology has improved over the past three decades. The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine which powers the Golf boasts 184bhp, which is enough to take the car from 0-62mph in just 7.5 seconds and power it on to a top speed of 142 miles per hour.

As with all diesels it's the mid-range performance which makes the GTD shine and an increase in torque of almost 10% from the previous model from just 1,750rpm means its pulling power really delivers the goods.

The bonus is the GTD boasts fuel consumption of more than 67 miles per gallon - although most owners will not achieve that as they will opt to drive their cars for fun rather than for economy.

The engine is very refined and at times it is easy to forget you are driving a diesel.

From a styling point of view the GTD also looks great. It sits lower than a normal Golf because of its sports suspension and like its less potent siblings it is considerably lighter than the previous generation model.

Its handsome face features a black honey-comb grille and distinctive daylight running lights. Heavily tinted rear side windows and cracking alloys also help to give it a really sporting look which makes it stand out from the crowd. …

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