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2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD Debut

The Volkswagen Golf GTD is just like a GTI, except with diesel fuel efficiency


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What's New

Sporty cars aren't fuel efficient, and fuel efficient cars aren't sporty, unless it's the 2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD, a diesel-powered version of the company's popular GTI hot-hatchback. New for the GTD is a new turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel engine that complies with the EU-6 emissions standards, meaning it's exceptionally clean. It will most likely comply with U.S. emissions standards as well if it arrives on our shores. An optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission is available, which has a combined fuel consumption rating of over 41 mpg, making GTD a great choice for a fuel efficient vehicle. Like with the GTI, the GTD has traditional sporty Volkswagen styling for those wanting a more specialized interior.

Who It's For

For those looking for a sporty car with great fuel efficiency, the Golf GTD is that car. It manages more than 180 horsepower, while maintaining a combined rating of more than 46 mpg with a manual transmission. With those features, it has a top speed of 143 mph. Based on the seventh-generation Golf, the new GTD is the most powerful model built. With a lowered sport suspension and the edition of side skirts, a read diffuser, and a large roof spoiler, the GTD stands out from the crowd. The new GTD has sporty features and GTI style, making it a great choice for those who want a fuel-efficient vehicle with a little edge.

Key Features

What puts this vehicle in the forefront of the mind is the styling. With smoked LED taillights and sporty body enhancements, the Golf GTD can't help but stand out with specialized features.
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Sport seats with "Clark" tartan pattern
  • GTD shifter grip
  • Model-specific instrument cluster

What We Think

If we have a complaint about the GTD, it's that it looks too similar to the new Golf GTI. Instead of "GTI" styling features in the interior, there's "GTD." It doesn't seem to be too much of a difference. The GTD has lower horsepower, but better fuel consumption, and more torque. Both bodies are similar as well, with the exception being that the GTD is a four-door model. With the same paint colors and detailed finishes, the similarities of the two are too close. It would be refreshing to see a different variation of the Golf platform, instead of the same car being turned out with minor tweaks that are sometimes not even that noticeable.

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