How does this sound to you? 181hp, 280lb ft of torque, 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds – all while returning 64.2mpg and emitting just 115g/km of CO2. Sound good? Well add in a predicted 620 litres of boot space and room for five adults and there’s very little left of the new Volkswagen Golf GTD estate to complain about.
The 2.0-litre diesel engine is utterly ubiquitous across the VW-group range popping up everywhere from a Skoda Yeti to an Audi A6. In the GTD estate, it makes 181hp and catapults occupants onto 62mph from rest in 7.9 seconds. This is around 0.4 seconds slower than the hatchback but the meaty torque figure should make in-gear acceleration feel very potent.
Making the GTD into an estate allows VW to fit a cavernous boot – more than large enough to handle trips to the furniture store or jaunts to the rubbish dump. And, like every Golf, it’s still a fantastically accomplished all-round car with a great balance between comfort and driver involvement, and a user-friendly cabin.
Where the GTD estate really outshines its siblings, however, is at the pumps. Volkswagen is provisionally claiming 64.2mpg, fractionally down on the hatchback GTD, but significantly higher than anything the fast petrol Golfs can achieve. Equally, with emissions of 115g/km, it’ll only cost £30 per year to tax for a private buyer.
To lend some added menace to the Golf estate‘s classic looks, the marque has fitted it with a lower front and rear bumper with a honeycomb radiator grille, flared sills and darkened brake lights. 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, dual exhausts, xenon headlights complete the exterior modifications.
Under the skin you’ll find uprated sports suspension that’s lowered by 15mm over the standard Golf to help keep the car level when cornering at speeds. It also gets variable-ratio steering that’s fast to respond at low speeds and slows down on the motorway – this helps high speed stability and low speed manoeuvring.
Tartan seats are fitted in homage to the original Golf GTI, door panels feature a checkerboard finish and stainless steel pedals all lend the interior a sporty feel. As with the GTI, the gearstick on manual models is styled like a golf ball and gets a leather covering. A six-speed DSG automatic will also be offered.
Order books will be opened around April with the first cars being delivered around June. There’s no official pricing details yet but, with the standard GTD priced from 26,015, a starting price approaching £27,500 seems sensible.
Hard to argue with…
It’s another one of VW’s everything-to-everyone cars – fast, frugal and practical – what’s not to like? Before you break down VW’s front door, chequebook in hand, take a look at our reviews of the Golf GTD‘s biggest rivals the Ford Focus ST Estate and Skoda Octavia vRS estate.