Volkswagen has announced pricing and specification for a new performance diesel, the Golf GTD.
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As the name suggests, the GTD is as close as you are going to get to a diesel-powered version of the .
In fact, the GTD features the same front bumper as VW’s latest range-topping hot hatch, and a similar flat-bottomed sports steering wheel.
It even has tartan sports seats – a classic Golf GTI styling cue. However, in the Golf GTD the colour combination is grey, white and black, rather than the traditional red, white and black. It’s still a neat touch.
Other features include what VW describes as ‘prominent GTD badging’, 17-inch alloy wheels, electronic stability control, and seven airbags. The new Golf has a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating.
Fast, frugal and cheap to tax
Powering the GTD is Volkswagen’s latest 2.0-litre TDI turbodiesel. With high-pressure ‘common rail’ injection, this produces 168bhp and 258lb ft of torque (pulling power).
More significantly, it also returns an impressive 53.3mpg fuel economy while emitting just 139g/km CO2 (£120 annual road tax versus the Golf GTI’s £175). Yet can still whisk the GTD’s three- or five-door body styles from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 138mph.
Prices for the new Volkswagen Golf GTD start at £21,850. It’s an extra £585 for the five-door, and £1,305 for a six-speed DSG semi-automatic gearbox instead of the standard six-speed manual. The petrol-powered new Golf GTI is priced from £22,410.
On sale now, the Golf GTD arrives in the UK on 22 June.
Check out our petrol versus diesel advice guide if you feel torn between the GTI and the GTD.
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