Road Test

Road Test: 2010 Volkswagen Golf GTD

March 23, 2010

VW Golf GTD_01If you want Volkswagen Golf with a GTI looks and diesel engine, then your choice is GTD. GTD has sport bumpers, black grille with GTD logo, tinted rear lights, rear spoiler, chromed exhaust pipes, 17″ light alloy wheels and it is lowered by 15 mm compared to the standard model. With all these details even the diesel engined Golf looks like a much sportier car. Actually, the only differences between GTD and GTI are the grill trims, which are red in the GTI and chromed in the GTD. Another thing what makes a difference between these two cars are the dual exhaust pipes, which are side by side in the GTD. While in the GTI they are on different sides of the car. Last and probably the hardest detail to notice are the brake calibers, which are red in the GTI and boring steel grey in this GTD. Well, all you need to fix this is a paint can. Otherwise these two cars look very much alike. Inside the car there are sporty front seats with the classic Jacky-pattern. The ceiling is upholstered in black cloth, and in the doors and in the dashboard there are black striped trims. The three-spoke GT steering wheel is leather-upholstered, as well as the shift knob and the handbrake handle.

GTD has two liter common-rail turbodiesel, which offers 170 horsepower and 350 Newton metres of torque. Horsepower numbers are a bit shy next to the GTI’s petrol turbo, but GTD offers much more torque. Acceleration from zero to one hundred takes 8.1 seconds, which doesn’t sound too quick in modern standards, but is a nice number for a family hatchback. When accelerating from standstill you feel like the GTD could use a bit more power, but when you get it going the diesel offers it’s power quite nicely. Especially the huge torque makes driving easy, but not really sporty. Our car was equipped with the 6-speed DSG-transmission which is more often seen with petrol engine but works surprisingly well with this diesel engine also. The 6-speed manual is also available, but I would prefer this DSG-box.

GTD was equipped with ABS, ESP, ASR, MSR and ESD systems. Meaning it has anti-lock braking system, stability control, traction control, electronic differential lock and a system that prevents the front wheels to lock during engine braking. GTD also has XDS which is a electronic limited slip differential. In summer conditions, all these systems usually go to work only when driving on track. But in these slippery and icy roads, they are all in good use. Actually, with all the electronics the driving in winter has become a bit boring when you don’t have to be as focused as before. Computers do most of the work making sure that you don’t get in to any trouble and that the car stays on the road. I must admit that the electronics do improve driving safety in winter conditions as long as the driver remembers to keep the speeds reasonable.

GTD is a nice additon to the Golf range, but it doesn’t really compare to the GTI in the performance leves. If you are looking for a GTI with a diesel engine, GTD might give you a little dissappointment. But if you a looking for a sporty hatchback with diesel car with all the GTI accessories, then you will be more than happy with GTD. Even in winter times.



  • diesel
  • 4-cylinder
  • 1968cc
  • turbo


  • 125 kW ( 170 hp) / 4200rpm


  • 350 Nm / 1750-2500rpm


  • 6-speed DSG-automatic
  • FWD

0-100 km/h

  • 8.1 sec

Top Speed

  • 220 km/h


  • 5.6 l/100km


  • 147 g/km

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