In a nutshell:
- High-performance, long-range diesel now open to UK customers.
- Latest GTD offers 200 PS, and 0-62 mph in 7.1 seconds.
- 2.0-litre TDI engine returns 51.4-54.3 mpg on WLTP combined cycle.
- That means youll get 600 miles from a tank of fuel.
- And acceleration figures inch ever close to that of sister car the VW Golf GTI.
Performance meets frugality with the new Volkswagen Golf GTD - a car that really does offer the best of all worlds.
The new GTD goes on sale this week, priced from £32,790.
And as VW rightly suggests, its a car that goes a long way to satisfying the needs of owners - in almost every sense.
You have, then, a Golf GTI for petrol fans, a GTE for those who need their cars to be electrified, and the GTD occupies a space where motorists still crave the capabilities of a diesel.
Here a turbo-charged 2.0 litre mill produces a healthy 200 PS - up significantly on the 184 PS to be found in the outgoing GTD model.
That means a 0-62 mph sprint time of 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 154 mph.
But what the GTD is really about is munching miles without wolfing down fuel.
Fuel economy is a claimed 51.4-54.3 mpg on the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) cycle, which gives it a range of up to 600 miles from a single tank of fuel.
Meanwhile CO2 emissions of 137 g/km also help to keep the GTDs running costs low.
The GTD comes with a 7-speed DSG transmission as standard.
And there are some eye-catching styling flourishes, too. They include an illuminated front grille, uniquely styled bumpers and honeycomb-design LED front fog lights.
There are also 18 inch alloys as standard, rear tinted glass, GTD puddle lights in the folding door mirrors, sport seats, an aluminium gear-lever and a heated,leather-wrapped steering wheel.
GTD also comes with VWs Digital Cockpit Pro as standard, too, which features a 10 inch colour display that lets you configure it to your own personal preferences.
In terms of driver assistance, you get adaptive cruise control, a driver alert system with fatigue detection, electronic parking brake, lane assist, traffic assist and emergency assist, as well as parking sensors front and rear.
Dale Piper, Golf Product Manager at Volkswagen UK, said: The Golf GTD is the third member of the Golf GT trio, each one featuring a different set of characteristics."
The iconic, enthusiast-focused Golf GTI and the ultra-low emissions Golf GTE plug-in hybrid are now joined by the high-torque, high-performance GTD.
The multi-award-winning new Golf family has options for everyone petrol, diesel, mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, performance petrol, and now performance diesel. With such a comprehensive powertrain line-up, its little surprise that the Golf is one of the UKs top-selling cars, and with the GTDs blend of performance and usability, the UKs love affair with fast Golfs is set to continue.
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