Volkswagen Golf GTD (Mk8) review
The GTD is probably the least relevant of all Volkswagen’s GT-something these days. It wasn’t too long ago that it was Britain’s best-selling Golf, but nowadays enthusiasts can still enjoy the Mk8 GTI and GTI Clubsport, company car buyers appreciate the savings from the plug-in hybrid GTE and soon we all drive GTXs (VW’s new nickname for its all-electric performance cars).
The GTD is, of course, the hot diesel Golf – something that has been around since the Mk1 but couldn’t be more out of date if it tried. Most manufacturers have already ditched performance cars that use the black pump (perhaps with the exception of Audi and its S badge cars and Skoda with GTD’s brother – the latest Octavia vRS diesel), So it’s a surprise to see VW sticking to it.
The D also lags behind the GTI and GTE in terms of power. The gasoline burners now both hit 242 horsepower, while the GTD’s 2.0-liter turbodiesel sends 197 horsepower to the front wheels via a standard seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.
He’s still a spectator, isn’t he? The GTD has the same sporty styling as the Mk8 GTI and GTE, with those five powerful LED daytime running lights and large 18-inch wheels as standard. The only differences are the silver stripe in the radiator grille (as opposed to red for the GTI and blue for the GTE) and the single dual-outlet exhaust. Like all Mk8 Golfs, the GTD can only be used in five doors.
Of course, there are still some that the GTD will fit perfectly, with VW referring to it as a “ long-distance sports car ” thanks to a claimed 54 mpg on the WLTP cycle, but are the demographics shrinking?
Prices start at £ 32,845 in the UK and go over £ 35,000 for a specific example.