VW Golf GTD: Long live the diesel, especially this one!

The face of the Golf GTD signals sportiness

Models like the Golf GTD should actually be banned in a politically correct manner. Because they take every thought of an electrically powered battery-powered vehicle to absurdity.

However, it is not to be expected that Volkswagen will destroy its strategy for electromobility with this model. But it is also clear: Anyone who buys a Golf GTD today can be sure that they have made a good decision despite rising fuel prices. Also in terms of the environment.

Efficient combustion engines like those in this Golf are simply still unbeatable compared to battery-powered cars or gasoline-powered cars when it comes to suitability for everyday use, range, driving pleasure and economy. The diesel will probably be a bestseller again with a traffic light coalition, as it shows so much common sense to want to act in a technology-neutral manner. This means that only the “fossil” internal combustion engine should die, not the one powered by synthetic fuel. We can be sure that synthetic fuel and its manufacture are being researched intensively in laboratories around the world. Not only will we see advances in battery technology over the next few years, but also in terms of CO2-low or -free fuels with which diesel can also be fired.

The accelerator, in particular, ensures efficiency

The eighth generation Golf GTD that we tested is, apart from small electronic defects (slow digital behavior), simply a car that can definitely be described as a dream car in this class. If we get a range of 1.110 kilometers after filling up, that's simply great and cannot yet be reached by an e-car. However, when it comes to exhausting its athletic abilities from 200 hp and 400 Newton meters, the GTD also takes a more powerful gulp from the tank than the specified commercial vehicle standard consumption of 4,4 liters. The real secret of efficiency lies - in all cars, by the way - in the driver's foot on the accelerator. Depending on the driving style, we recorded the official standard consumption between 4,8 and 8,3 liters. Unfortunately, the desire to accelerate and accelerate leads to a certain degree of irrationality, which can be read immediately on the consumption display of the on-board computer. An acceleration of 7,1 seconds to 100 km / h and a top speed of 245 km / h are definitely sporty values ​​that encourage you to be savored.

The digital cockpit: if you can use your smartphone, you will quickly find it out. Photos: Volkswagen

The long-term display showed 2.000 liters on average for around 5,4 kilometers. Incidentally, this is exactly the WLTP value for the GTD (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure), which is much closer to real consumption than the old NEDC value of 4,4 liters. We drove quickly over longer stretches of motorway, enjoyed the agility on winding country roads and rolled defensively through several large cities with foresight. The Golf GTD has proven to be both comfortable and suitable for long journeys as well as a dynamic means of transport. The standard 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) has shown itself to be responsive and precisely adaptable, the gear changes are noticeable, but can be controlled very well with the accelerator. Starting at an intersection with cross traffic has to be well planned, because the quarter of a second until the clutch engages just seems too slow. The chassis is very well coordinated, allows different damping scenarios to be selected and always ensures easy handling.

You quickly get used to the digital cockpit

We cannot understand the repeated criticism of the digital cockpit in the 8th Golf. Anyone who can use their smartphone will quickly find their way around the intelligently designed Innovision cockpit, especially because they can arrange the menu tiles according to their own ideas. Except for the slowness of the system, which sometimes appears, the digital quality is nothing to complain about. The deficiencies that occurred with the introduction of the Golf 8 have now been remedied.

Elegant appearance from behind too

The current GTD is certainly one of the cleanest diesels ever. A double SCR catalytic converter with twin-dosing Adblue injection significantly reduces nitrogen oxides. Of course, the GTD easily meets the applicable Euro 6d emissions standard and bears the rating of efficiency class A.

Proven assistants ensure a lot of security

The Golf GTD not only offers advanced technologies on the drive side. Starting with the characterful design, the standard LED headlights with the emotional front design with illuminated radiator grille, the GTD is very present on the road. 17-inch aluminum wheels, red brake calipers, widened side skirts in black and other design accessories such as the double tailpipe of the exhaust emphasize the specialty of the Golf GTD. The interior also signals the sporty character. But the security features are more important. Assistance systems like that

The 2-liter four-cylinder meets with double and AdBlue for clean exhaust gases

Traffic sign recognition, the not quite optimally understood voice control, the optional distance control, the Car2X technology, with which vehicles can warn each other of dangers, the Lane Keeping Assist and the possibility for the driver, chassis, steering and engine character or gear selection between comfort and To be able to vary sportiness.

This Golf defies rising fuel prices

Our test car shows that the Golf GTD can be far higher than its base price of 39.100 euros with extras: Around 10.000 euros were built in as optional equipment, none of which we wanted to do without. The adaptive chassis control DCC (1.045 euros), the IQ Light (1.1.125 euros), the travel assistant (495 euros), the head-up display (700 euros), the rear view camera (325 euros) etc. are extras, that make driving safer and more pleasant. Everyone needs to know what to indulge in.

At the end... In view of rising fuel costs, the Golf GTD is the ideal vehicle for the family man with ambitious driving skills, who uses his car for work, thinks economically and wants to transport the family to excursion destinations at the weekend. A compromise between common sense and sporty dynamic pleasure. No matter what might happen to the driver, the purchase of this GTD is a good investment in the future of personal mobility. This model may not fit into the strategy of electromobility apostrophized by VW, it is definitely a vehicle that we would prefer to an ID.3. It's good that we can decide for ourselves which car to buy.

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