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VW Golf GTD and VW Golf GTI in comparison: summit meeting of the power golfers

Arturo Rivas
VW Golf GTD and VW Golf GTI in comparison
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V reason doesn't get us any further here , because all reasons of reason speak for the VW Golf GTD. First of all, because if we take the whole thing a little further, you'll soon be crying out for a Skoda Fabia Combi 1.2 TDI Greenline. In any case, the VW Golf GTD has to be more than a more sensible version of the VW Golf GTI, because he's not exactly such an insane, unreasonable type. If you get rid of that bit of daredevil, the end result is primarily a VW Golf, a diesel with lots of horsepower.

In 1982 it was 70 in the first VW Golf GTD, plus 160 Nm, the swirl chamber turbo diesel nailed together. After the VW Golf GTD failed in generations four and five, it came back in 2009 in the six-series Golf (immediately evoked as a 'classic' by the press office - with 170 hp and 350 Nm. After a little power plus, customers now demand Marketing reported to the engine department, which developed the new two-liter EA 288 diesel, which only has the cylinder spacing in common with the previous engine and, despite 14 hp and 30 Nm more oomph with consumption of 0.9 liters - to 4.2 L /100 km.
So that it is not only technically the sportiest diesel Golf with its higher injection pressure, variable valve train and a more powerful turbocharger, it gets the VW Golf GTI regalia, from the front apron to the rear bumper with an indicated diffuser. Yes , there are differences, but they are mainly limited to the fact that the seams, decorative stripes and emblems are decorated in silver instead of red. We had everything in the last generation.

Golf GTI has lost its wildness

This wonderfully pure story of the creation of the original GTI in the mid-seventies, when a VW technician secretly denied it The engine of the Audi 80 GTE wedded to the Golf I body was, by the way, made into a legend for the first VW Golf GTD, because it sounds so smart. In order to fully understand the charm of the early VW Golf GTI, even to fall for it, you have to have been young once and have firmly believed that nothing can harm you.

In the meantime, the once wild VW Golf GTI - with its customers - has marched through the institutions. In the past, to be really fast with the VW Golf GTI, you had to raise your own inhibition threshold. Today this is possible at the push of a button with the ESP. It leaves us like that againCarefree driving, as if we were 20, so regulates more casually, but was cleverly programmed that we are now actually parent representatives in kindergarten, building society savers and additional dental insurance.

VW Golf GTD is the autobahn striker

The VW Golf GTD could do all of this if you took advantage of it. But as much as it tries to be dynamic like the VW Golf GTI, it never feels quite as direct and greedy. It lives from the early torque, unlike its predecessor, it starts without starting weakness. The traction control, including the XDS + differential lock, which is electronically simulated by braking intervention, regulates heavily on wet roads and in tight bends. Everything would always go one gear higher, as determinedly as the TDI pulls out of the speed low. Both Gölfe use the same precise gearbox, the two boxes of six suffer from the slight ripple that can be observed in some VW gearshifts, which softens fast gear changes.

The turbodiesel in the VW Golf GTD, with nitrogen oxide storage catalytic converter according to Euro 6, is clean but even turn it easily, up to 4,500 tours - instead of running against a wall like other diesels as soon as maximum power is reached. The VW technicians call this a gentler drop in performance, which, at 15.8: 1, gives the diesel engine with a very low compression ratio of 15.8: 1 quite a bit of sporty agility to turn E-power steering with progressive teeth. This ensures jagged directness in tight bends and fidget-free serenity on the motorway. With the adaptive dampers, the 15 millimeter lower diesel athlete masters both robustness and careful long-distance comfort. But despite all the dynamism, the VW Golf GTD is best on the fast motorway tour.

If you order the Sport & Sound package for 955 euros, you will get a sound as well as red brake calipers, 18-inch aluminum and tighter dampers. Actuator. Then the exhaust resonates harshly. Should sound snotty, but in comparison to the VW Golf GTI it sounds rather snuffy.

VW Golf GTI is even more dynamic when driving

Because then it goes off, the VW Golf GTI, and roars through the curves. It is only half a hundredweight lighter than the diesel, but zigzags even more nimble in curves, looks even more seamless, more agile, more neutral and more feedback-intensive. Progressive steering, adaptive dampers, lowering, strong sports seats - everything like in the VW Golf GTD, but also the two-liter gasoline engine.

The turbocharger diesels its performance characteristics up to medium positions, but despite all the oomph it doses out from below TSI with direct injection and variable valve lift its power finer, likes to turn much better, tours fluffy high up to 7,000. Of course, the 36 more horsepower compared to the VW Golf GTD also ensure more vehement performance: zero hundred in six-five and two-four-six points are a wholeClass above the diesel.

That is why we also look to the VW Golf GTI for small oversized gauges such as the speedometer up to 280 km /h, which seems rather ridiculous on the VW Golf GTD with its 230 Vmax.

1,025 euros more, which is quickly offset by the low consumption. For many customers, it is probably the best argument for the VW Golf GTD, and that it is almost as fast as the VW Golf GTI. Right. But a GTI is just as fast as a GTI, not just almost. And while the sensible diesel remains a sporty compact car, the gasoline engine shines: as a compact sports car.


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