VW Golf GTI VS VW Golf GTD review – Auto Express


This is the new golf GTI and Volkswagen have
made it not only faster than before but more economical too. But if you want performance
and economy, is there a better bet? The Golf GTD. It costs £25,285 which is around £500
less than the GTI. It has a 2.0-litre diesel engine, with 181bhp and 380Nm of torque. Yet
despite this performance VW have said it will return a remarkable 67.3mph and emits just
109g/km of CO2. The GTI on the other hand has a 2.0-litre petrol engine, with 217bhp
which is 36 more than the GTD. However, it’s 350Nm torque output is 30 less. It also returns
over 20mpg less at the pumps with a figure of 47.1 and emits 30g/km more of CO2. VW claim
the GTI goes from 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds. Which is about a second faster than our equivalent
GTD. So what happens over a longer distance? Well that was even more decisive than I thought
it was going to be. The GTI took 6.9 seconds to get to 60 the GTD needed 7.9 was doing
123mph the poor old GTD was trailing at 11mph. Ok, so the GTD lost out in the drag race,
but it did win in one crucial area, mpg. Over the course of the kilometre it returned 12.4mpg
whereas
the thirsty old GTI could only manage 6.9. On the road, in many respects, the GTI is
practically perfect. There’s tonnes of grip, the steering is beautifully weighted and it’s
got naturally feedback. posited, agile. but it’s just not that much fun. The Megane RS
is much more engaging, and that’s the same with the GTD. The biggest difference between
the GTI and GTD is the engine. There’s not much different in outright performance, but
it’s the delivery. With the Golf GTI there’s that urgency to the delivery, and lots of top end power, whereas
the GTD is a bit gravely and diesely. So which Golf delivers
the best blend of performance and economy? Well, for ultimate mpg the GTD is hard to
beat, and better still it’s cheaper than the GTI. But the GTI is hardly uneconomical, and
for me, the extra top end performance and handling make it the winner in this test.

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