Volkswagen’s Golf: a sporty & practical all rounder.
Driven: Volkswagen Golf 2.0TDi GTD
If you could have one car to fit any occasion, what would it be? At the UK Carline office, we all agree that the VW Golf is the car that can do pretty much anything: it can carry five people, has a decent sized boot, is comfortable, is loads of fun, is economical, has a great build quality, and looks just at home in the car park of a five-star hotel as the local supermarket.
Our pick of the bunch is the GTD. It shares the same sharp looks and styling from its GTI brother, but has a great combination of diesel economy in addition to fantastic performance. The 2.0TDi 184ps engine is available with the choice of six speed manual transmission, or with VW’s superb six speed DSG automatic transmission. The DSG version also gains paddle-shifts on the steering column, so you enthusiastic drivers can still enjoy a sporty driving experience. Performance is identical for both transmissions, with a claimed acceleration of 0-62 in 7.5 seconds.
As with all Golfs, the GTD has clear instruments and a comfortable seating position, enhanced by fully adjustable sports seats. The ride is firm but supple, and is comfortable enough on a long motorway journey in addition to being entertaining on the country lanes. The GTD has 18″ alloys as standard, and while the 19″ alloys look great – the lower profile tyres will give a slightly coarser ride on the motorway.
Volkswagen claim an official fuel consumption figure of over 60mpg for the Golf GTD, but from our experience anything other than very gentle driving will come in around 50mpg – which is still pretty great for such a hot hatch with such good all-round performance. The flexibility of the 2.0TDi 184ps engine means that it will pull well in any gear, so it’s a great long distance cruiser as well as being equally happy in urban conditions or on twisting country lanes.
Is our sporty all-rounder great value? It’s certainly well equipped: bi-xenon headlights, adaptive cruise control, climate control and a great DAB stereo. Sat-nav comes at an additional cost on the GTD, but the lower specced GT comes with it as standard. Is it cheap?
No Update: this is on special offer from just £190.80 + VAT per month. Is it worth paying extra for? Definitely: the build quality, specification and feel of the Golf GTD leaves little to be desired.
As always, we have unbeatable leasing rates available on the Volkswagen Golf, including the GTD version. For a quote, give us a call on the number at the very top of the page, or you can have a look at the VW Golf 2.0 TDi GTD 5 door leasing deal by clicking here.
For: Styling, build quality, performance & economy.
Against: Not much!
Verdict: Ticks all the boxes: a sporty & practical all rounder
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