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Drag race: Volkswagen Golf GTD vs Skoda Octavia vRS TDI vs BMW 120d

May 25, 2021 by

Which of these diesel hatches has the edge in a drag race? Watch to find out…

Diesel hot hatches may not be in vogue right now, but it’s easy to see the appeal. Wrapping up strong performance and impressive fuel economy into a practical package? There’s a lot to like.

But, which is best? Well, that’s what today’s drag race looks to find out.

Lining up here are three of the most potent diesel hatchbacks you can buy today. Starting things off is the Volkswagen Golf GTD, the diesel equivalent to the much-loved GTI.

Sitting under its bonnet is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, producing 200hp and 400Nm of torque. That’s sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

That exact setup is what you’ll also find in the Skoda Octavia vRS. This being an estate though, it’s a little heavier than the Golf — tipping the scales at 1,528kg compared with the GTD’s 1,465kg figure.

Facing off against the VW Group pairing is something that’s not really a hot hatch at all, though still one of the most potent diesel hatches you can buy. The BMW 120d also uses a 2.0-litre engine with 190hp and 400Nm of torque.

It uses an eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox (which in theory may not match the slickness of the dual-clutch system) and delivers its power at the front axle. It matches the Golf GTD’s weight, too.

Which will come out on top of this oil-burning battle? Watch to find out…

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