2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD Test Drive Popular Mechanics

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2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD Drive

Don’t let the tartan covers fool you. The GTD isn’t a diesel-powered clone of the GTI a car with character and an appeal all its

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Base $27,000 to $28,000 (est.)

Ford Focus ST, Volkswagen Audi A3, Mini Cooper S.

Turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel 184 hp, 280 lb-ft; six-speed manual, dual-clutch automatic, FWD

EPA Fuel (city/hwy) (est.): 30/42

New: As a seventh-generation Golf, the new GTD an attractively tapered-and-creased body the most appealing styling the enduring hatchback family has in years along with an new modular chassis architecture. stiffer, employs a greater of ultra-high-strength steel to save (minus 70 pounds in the GTD’s and standardizes components and engine across all transverse gasoline and powerplants. It’s wonky, but a big deal for Volkswagen’s business.

Like all new Golf models, the wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer the previous generation’s, but the GTD rides 0.6 lower than the base

The D in GTD stands for diesel, and the diesel is an updated 2-liter with injection. The bore, stroke, and spacing mirror those of its But the new engine’s design incorporates the manifold into the cylinder which is now on a separate cooling from the block.

This setup allows the engine to optimum temperature quicker, emissions and efficiency, while warm air into the cabin quickly on cold starts.

upgrades in the engine are aimed at responsiveness. The turbo intercooler is now into the intake manifold for turbo lag, and the common-rail now sprays at 29,000 psi, up 26,000 psi, for more fueling. It also uses balance shafts, spun low-friction bearings.

The result is more power and than before and a diesel smooth and full of character you drive hard. The new GTD is also (0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds) and faster (a top speed of 143 than its predecessor.

Tech The new TDI’s cooling system is into two circuits. On cold the main mechanical water is attenuated to allow the crankcase to up quickly, while a separate pump sends coolant the cylinder head, heater (which gets the cabin up to quicker than traditionally diesels), and anti-NOx exhaust-gas-recirculation

Driving Character: If the GTI has already significantly, trading manic, charm for poise and polish, the GTD is an even more sensible brother, brimming with advice. You don’t need all revving to have fun, it to admonish, while serving up a of low-end torque that deep in the rev range. Push quickly after 4000 but it’s deep enough to the manual transmission a fun-factor over the DSG dual-clutch automatic. (In the GTD, the narrow power was better handled by the DSG’s algorithms.)

It’s hard to a car with truly engaging these days, but the GTD’s rack works unobtrusively and for well-weighted, direct, and satisfying (if not communicative) turning.

European can get the GTD with VW’s trick Chassis Control (DCC), an system with three modes: Comfort, Normal, and Comfort, true to its name, is without making the car feel and reluctant to turn. Normal is the same, but ups the roll control.

Sport is even flatter but retains enough suppleness to imperfect, twisty roads feeling stuttery or bone-jarring.

Detail: According to VW reps, the new timing belt never replacing. Proprietary materials makes it possible.


Driver’s With so little drama in its delivery, the GTD often feels like a sports hatchback and like a premium luxury That may not sound like of a grievance, but anyone who’s a gasoline-powered GTI in its true element winding canyon roads may something else to say. the GTD is competent, nimble, and easy to fast on both high-speed and serpentine byways, but it’s not quite as thrilling to tool in as its lineage might suggest.

Bottom Line: You’d be for assuming the GTD was merely a diesel-powered of its stablemate, the Golf GTI, the of sport hatchbacks. And the GTD may indeed be that on paper. But there’s a big when you’re behind the That turbodiesel’s meaty, torque peak (280 at 1750 rpm) imparts a level-headedness that stands in to the GTI’s high-strung edginess. And there’s the diesel’s superior economy. (Just imagine Honda Accord grade at 125 mph on the unrestricted autobahn).

Indeed, comes a time in one’s when fiscal discipline precedence over cheap If you’re approaching that but prefer not give up on fun driving Volkswagen has three letters for

The question remains, however: VW bring the GTD to North America? And it’s likely, the official is still we’re thinking it Translation: They’re figuring out if can still make money on a price low enough to lure customers.

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