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Volkswagen GOLF DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG

Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Stock Offer Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
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Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG
Volkswagen GOLF 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr DSG

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG60.10
  • 0-62mph7.4 secs
  • Top Speed143 mph
  • C02124 g/km
  • BHP184
  • Torque280 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

Review

There's something wholly satisfying about a powerful diesel engine in a smallish car and nothing really does that formula a whole lot better than Volkswagen's Golf GTD. It features GTI-type styling, tidy handling and a gutsy 184PS diesel engine under the bonnet. Yet it can still average nearly 65mpg. Here's the lightly restyled improved version.

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The improved Volkswagen Golf GTD might well be an even more complete car than the legendary Golf GTI. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

With the Golf Mk 7, Volkswagen has really upped its game when it comes to sporty diesels. Take this one, the 184PS Golf GTD. Is it really a better buy than the iconic Golf GTI hot hatch? The appeal of that legendary variant is certainly under threat from this black pump derivative. Yes, we know that the GTI has a whole welter of history on its side but let's shelve that for a minute. If asked to choose between a GTI and a GTD to run for a year, we'd be willing to place money on the fact that most people would plump for the diesel car. It's a vehicle that seems better attuned to the times - even more so now that Volkswagen has given it a slightly sharper look, both inside and out, and added in some extra media connectivity to bring the technology up to date. Think of this as a GTI for those who want more torque and lower fuel bills. It comes as a three or five-door hatch - or as a spacious estate.

Driving Experience

The engine's a bit of a star here. Volkswagen diesels haven't always been at the top of the tree when it comes to flexibility and refinement. Yes, they've always made decent power and torque but the 184PS engine fitted to the Golf GTD really lifts it into the top league of diesel engine technology. It's refined at idle and makes a pleasant thrum under load. It doesn't feature the clever Active Cylinder Technology of some of the other diesel engines in Volkswagen's line up but that's about the only complaint you could level at it. It doesn't want for torque, that's for certain. The MK6 generation GTD's 350Nm of torque wasn't bad, but this model's engine puts out 380Nm at just 1,750rpm, and when deployed it'll get the Golf to 62mph from stationary in just 7.5 seconds. With a top speed of 143mph, it's not about to be found wanting on anything but the most ruthless section of derestricted autobahn either.

Design and Build

The Golf GTD is virtually identical to the GTI from the outside, coming as standard with smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination, LED daytime running lights, chrome dual tailpipes, 18-inch 'Nogaro' alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres, side skirts, a rear diffuser, sports suspension and a large roof spoiler. As for the changes made to this revised model, the first thing you'll notice is probably its slightly sleeker front end. There are full-LED headlamps and the air intakes at either corner of the front bumper have been restyled too. The jewel-like LED tail lamps have been revised too, with smart animated flowing indicators. Otherwise, things are much as before - which means that there's a choice between three or five-door hatch bodystyles or an estate, all of which sit on the Volkswagen Group's light, stiff and very sophisticated MQB chassis. There's no doubt that this is a seriously good looking car these days. Some of the detailing is quite exquisite, especially inside where the flat-bottomed steering wheel is a delight, with a circular hub and a deep dish with audio, telephone and cruise control buttons mounted on two of its three spokes. The boot measures a hefty 380-litres, is well shaped and features a low loading height. That's the same as you can expect from all Golf hatchbacks, even though this one has the more sophisticated multilink rear suspension that its cheaper stablemates lack. If you need more space, then there's also an estate version with a vast 605-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £27,500 for the three-door, six-speed manual model. There is a premium of around £600 premium for the five-door version or a premium of around £1,700 for the estate bodystyle. If you want DSG auto transmission, it'll be around £1,400 more. Buyers will be offered a more frugal 'Blueline' version of the 2.0 TDI engine at no extra cost. GTD customers get tartan sports seats, a black roof lining, a gorgeous sports steering wheel and a stainless steel pedal set. There's also a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster. Other features include progressive steering, white ambience lighting, 'Climatronic' climate control, front and rear parking sensors and a winter pack. A key change with this revised model lies with media connectivity. Previously, GTD customers had the choice of 6.5 or 8-inch screens, depending on the options chosen. Now, these have been replaced by more sophisticated 8 and 9.2-inch screens. As you'd expect, the biggest 'Discover Pro' monitor is the more sophisticated of the bunch, this being the first Volkswagen infotainment system to offer both touch and voice-command operation, with gesture control in addition to proximity sensors.

Cost of Ownership

This Golf is one of those cars that makes you scratch your head wondering how Volkswagen achieved that sort of economy with that sort of performance. Go for the 'Blueline' version of the 2.0 TDI 184PS engine and official figures suggest a return of 64.2mpg on the combined cycle and 116g/km of CO2 for the manual model and 61.4mpg and 122g/km for the DSG auto. For the standard engine, the figures are 61.4mpg and 122g/km for a manual model and 57.6mpg and 129g/km for a DSG auto. Those figures are for the three-door bodystyle. Go for the five-door or estate models and those returns will worsen fractionally. So how has VW gone about achieving these efficiency returns? Well a big contributor is the relatively light weight of this car's MQB platform. Then there are sleek aerodynamics, low levels of internal friction in the engines and optimised gearing on not only the manual gearboxes but also the DSG twin clutch units. All new Golf models - both diesel and petrol - come with a Stop/Start system as standard, along with battery regeneration.

Summary

I'll nail my colours to the mast and profess to being a massive Volkswagen Golf GTI fan, but it's becoming increasingly hard to justify buying the petrol car over the diesel, 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. Plus, unique to the GTD, there's even the more versatile estate bodystyle as an option. Whatever bodyshape you prefer, it's refreshing to own a fast hatch or estate that can manage 60mpg 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 the GTD is 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.

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Driver Convenience
Active information display - 12.3" high resolution TFT display
Car net app connect combined functionality of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, USB connection, audio and voice control
Discover navigation, 8"colour touch screen, 2D/3D European map data, Radio/CD, infotainment system via smartphone or tablet, Car-Net Guide and inform
Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
'Lights On' warning buzzer
ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
Bluetooth telephone and audio connection for compatible devices
Brake pad wear indicator warning light
Driver alert system
Driver profile selection
Driving Mode Selection with four preset modes - Eco, normal, sport or individual modes
Instrument cluster in white
Lane assist with dynamic light assist and traffic sign recognition
Misfuelling protection device
Multifunction computer with visual gear change recommendation for fuel consumption
Progressive power assisted steering
Push tank flap
Rear view camera
Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
Stop/start system
Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
Entertainment
8 speakers
Composition media system
DAB Digital radio receiver
MP3/WMA compatability
Multi device interface (MDI) with USB connection
Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
SD card slot
SMS Functionality
USB and SD card connectivity
Volkswagen media control
Exterior Features
LED headlights with dynamic curve lighting
Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
Solid paint
3D-LED tinted rear light clusters with indicator sweep function
Black rear diffuser
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
Body colour rear roof spoiler
Body colour sports bumpers
Dusk sensor + automatic driving lights
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Fully galvanised body
Heated rear windscreen
High level 3rd brake light incorporating LED Technology
Honeycomb radiator grille - black
LED daytime running lights
LED front fog lights with static cornering light function
Rear fog lamp
Rear window aerial
Rear window wash/wipe with intermittent wipe
Reflectors in all doors
Shiny black aerofoil downside
Sill extensions
Twin exhaust tailpipe
Unique GTD badging
Uniquely shaped front/rear bumpers
Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
Interior Features
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Front cupholders x 2
Front sport seats
Jacara cloth upholstery
Lumbar support for driver's and front passengers seat
12V socket in luggage compartment
3 rear headrests
4 load lashing points in luggage compartment
60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
Bag hook in luggage compartment x 2
Black headlining
Climate control - 2 zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation and allergy filter
Cooled glovebox
Dust/pollen filter
Front + rear carpet mats
Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
Front seat back storage pockets
Grab handles front x 2, rear x 2 with integrated coat hooks
Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
Illuminated door sills
Illuminated vanity mirrors
Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
Interior light delay
Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
Load through provision with rear centre armrest and cupholders x2
Luggage compartment lighting
Multifunction leather steering wheel with GTE logo and selector lever boot grip with grey stitching including paddle shift
Overhead storage box
Stainless steel pedals
Storage box in luggage compartment
Storage compartment in roof console with cover
Storage compartments in front doors
Storage compartments in rear doors
Stowable luggage compartment cover
Sun visors
Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable
Packs
Winter pack - Golf
Ambient lighting pack - Golf
Convenience Pack - Golf
Light and Sight pack - Golf
Mirror pack - Golf
Wheels
18" Seville alloy wheel with anti theft wheel bolts
Steel space saver spare wheel
Safety
3 rear three point seatbelts
Airbags - Driver's and front passenger's, curtain airbag, Driver's knee, front side impact and passenger's airbag deactivation switch
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
Automatic post collision braking system
Child locks on rear doors
Driver/Passenger optimised head restraints
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Electronic stability control (ESC) including Electronic differential lock (EDL) and ASR (Traction control) with deactivation via infotainment system
Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
Pre crash preventive occupant protection
Three point height adjustable front seatbelts with tensioners
Tyre pressure loss indicator
Security
Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
Electronic engine immobiliser
Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console
Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
Technical
Anti-tramp function
Battery regeneration during braking
Diesel particulate filter
Lowered sports suspension
XDS plus electronic differential lock
Trim
Chrome plated air vent surround
Chrome plated electric mirror adjustment light switch surround
Honeycomb black decorative inserts
Piano black centre console
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 118
Noise Level dB(A) 68
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1968
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code DGCA
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 62.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 70.6
EC Urban (mpg) 53.3
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 184
Coin Description TDI 184
Coin Series GTD
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 27E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 89
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 65
NCAP Safety Assist % 71
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months 60
Timing Belt Interval Mileage 75000
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.4
Engine Power - BHP 184
Engine Power - KW 135
Engine Power - RPM 3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 280
Engine Torque - MKG 38.7
Engine Torque - NM 380
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 143
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Style SEVILLE
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1492
Length 4258
Wheelbase 2620
Width 1799
Width (including mirrors) 2027
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1890
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1270
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 570
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 690
Minimum Kerbweight 1320
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.9

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