June 2013 Update:Golf GTD reviews are now out. We’ve collected and summarised all the expert’s opinions on the new GTD, alongside photos, videos and stats. Check out our fullMk7 Golf GTD review.
Britain is in love with diesel Volkswagen Golfs. Ever since VW dropped the ‘I’ off its ‘GT’ badge and added a ‘D’, the idea of a diesel hot hatch has made a lot of sense.
That’s why we’ve been eagerly awaiting news of the latest version, based on the excellent seventh-generation Golf.
That car, the 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD, has finally arrived, and debuted at the Geneva Motor Show back in March.
Styling isn’t dissimilar to that of the new Golf GTI, previewed in concept form not so long ago. Some pleasingly retro-style strakes dominate the front bumper, and a chrome line around the grille replaces the red line found on GTIs.
17-inch alloy wheels and sport suspension are standard, as are tartan ‘Jacara’ sport seats, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and a host of other GTD-related trim embellishments. White ambient lighting and DAB radio, Bluetooth and iPhone connectivity are all standard.
Under the bonnet is a new 2.0-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. It pushes out 181 horsepower at 3,500 rpm, and maximum torque of 280 lb-ft is produced in a narrow band between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm.
Compared to the previous Golf GTD, that’s a 13 bhp and 22 lb-ft increase, and should make the new GTD a potent machine through the gears and on the motorway.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, but those wishing to rest their left leg will appreciate the six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, with the inevitable steering wheel paddles. Push the GTD hard enough, and a near-hot hatch 0-62 mph time of 7.5 seconds is possible – over half a second quicker than the old model. Top speed is 142 mph.
Part of that is down to the Golf’s new lightweight body, tipping the scales at 1,377 kg with driver, luggage and a nearly-full tank of fuel.
The relatively light weight has an affect on economy too, with combined consumption of 67.3 mpg. CO2 emissions are an unbelievable 109 g/km, meaning free first-year road tax and only 20 thereafter. (60.1 mpg on the DSG and 119 g/km for the 3 door, 122 g/km for the 5 door).
Standard equipment includes Automatic Post-Collision Braking to slow your car down safely after an accident, Front Assist to help prevent high-speed motorway mishaps, City Emergency Braking, radar cruise control and seven airbags.
Options include 19-inch alloys, leather trim, keyless entry, High Beam Assist, Park Assist, an adaptive chassis and a Dynaudio sound system.
Pricing begins at 25,285 for the three-door and 25,940 for the five-door, while the dual-clutch DSG gearbox will set you back an extra 655 on each model.
Available from: Order now, deliveries June