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What is the Volkswagen Golf GTD?

Providing an alternative to the popular Volkswagen GTI, the Volkswagen Golf GTD hatchback offers drivers a sporty ride with a stylish interior and exterior. Launched in 2009, the GTD comes with a range of powerful diesel engines that help give it great performance and running costs while maintaining the popular look of the Volkswagen Golf. The Volkswagen Golf GTD is also good for families and commuters as it comes with a spacious cabin and boot that provides good flexibility. The Golf GTD is available in five-door and three-door versions.

Coming with a sporty styling kit, including dual exhaust pipes, the Volkswagen Golf GTD rivals other powerful models of popular cars such as the Ford Focus ST and the Vauxhall Astra. GTD stands for ‘Gran Turismo Diesel’ and refers to the diesel engines that the car uses that have high performance and fuel efficiency.


Volkswagen Golf GTD History

MK1 – 1982 - 1990

The Volkswagen Golf Mk1 arrived on the market in 1982, after many successful years for its sister petrol model the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Launched in response to a shift on the market to petrol alternative engines, the Mk1 offered drivers a diesel powertrain and a good fuel economy helping to make it popular. The Mk1 was able to achieve 0 to 62mph in 13.5 seconds and had a top speed of 96mph.


MK2 – 1990 - 1996

The Mk2 followed the same look and feel as the Mk1. It was launched in 1990 and improved performance with a new 16-valve 139bhp engine.


MK3 – 1996 – 1997 / MK4 – 1997 - 2004

In 1996, the Mk3 received some subtle design changes that brought it line with modern design. An updated body kit, as well the addition of a 1.9-litre 110bhp TDI engine, gave it its own unique character. The Mk4 was then launched a year later in 1997, achieving 0 to 62mph in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 134mph.


MK5 – 2004 - 2009

Volkswagen released the Mk5 in 2004. Introducing a revised front bumper design which gave the Golf a rounder body style. Inside, a new LCD display was installed into the instrument cluster. The Mk5 had a top speed of 136mph and achieved 0 to 62mph in 7.9 seconds, an improvement from the previous generation.


MK6 – 2009 - 2013

In 2009, the Mk6 Volkswagen Golf was launched after being revealed at the Paris Motor Show and saw the Volkswagen Golf GTD being introduced to the market. The Mk6 received some subtle design changes to the front grille and bumper, as well as the addition of a short rear spoiler. The interior also received an impressive infotainment system. Under the bonnet, the GTD received a 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine which achieved 0 to 62mph in 8.1 seconds.


MK7 – 2013 - 2017

Four years later in 2013, Volkswagen launched the Mk7 which retained the sporty look of the Mk6, but added a new suspension set up kept the car firmly on the road. This complimented the powerful 2.0-litre engine.


MK8 – 2017 - 2020

The Mk8 received an exterior and interior facelift in the 2017, including a full LED headlight set up and an updated body kit. Inside, more high-tech features were included such as a digital instrument display and new-look infotainment screen.


MK9 – 2020 onwards

In 2020, the Mk9 was launched with some subtle design changes to help set it apart from the other Golf models. This included a dual exhaust pipe and a larger rear spoiler. The Mk9 also comes with an updated 197bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel GTD engine with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, achieving 0 to 62mph in 7.1 seconds.


Where does the Volkswagen Golf GTD sit in the range?

The Volkswagen Golf GTD offers buyers a sporty drive, but with the added bonus of improved fuel efficiency compared to the Volkswagen GTI or GTE.

While in recent years, the Golf GTE has grown in popularity, the Golf GTD remains one of the top choices for drivers that are looking for a premium driving experience with the practicality of a family hatchback. The model is set slightly apart from the GTI and GTE through the body kit, and the sportier suspension kit helps ensure the GTD is a fun and fast car to drive.


What features and equipment does the Golf GTD have?

The Volkswagen Golf GTD comes with a range of technology that helps to draw in modern drivers. Based on the R-Line model, Volkswagen’s premium performance car, the GTD has elements of its sporty influence through features such as the Mk9’s sports seats upholstered with tartan cloth.

Onboard entertainment runs through a large and impressive infotainment system, available on the Mk6 and above, with a range of connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included. Introduced on the Mk8, the dashboard also houses a 12.3-inch digital instrument display which can also be customised to display varied information depending on the driver’s preferences.

LED headlights feature on the front and rear bumpers and help with driver visibility. There are also front and rear parking sensors on the GTD that help drivers parking in tight spaces. Unique to the GDI, the interior of the car comes with check-patterned upholstery, brushed metal detailing and some gloss-black highlights.

On the exterior, the GTD badged styling kit includes a front bumper with a hexagon grille, a twin exhaust setup and xenon headlights, all of which help to give the GTD a unique and sporty look in comparison to other Golf models.

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