VW has unveiled a sporting version of the diesel Golf, using the 168bhp common-rail engine and capable of 53mpg.
Although not exceptionally quick – 0-62mph takes 8.1sec and the top speed is 138mph – the GTD gets the GTI’s suspension setup, with stiffer springs and firmer dampers than regular Golfs.
It will also be available with Volkswagen’s Acitve Control Chassis, and it gets a similar body kit to the GTI's, with the same honeycomb grille.
The GTD has a 'sound generator' in the exhaust; this is a baffle that alters the exhaust note according to the revs.
The car will be available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or VW’s six-speed DSG twin-clutch transmission.
But it’s the car’s potential economy and low emissions that will help sell it. The 53.3mpg on the combined cycle gives it a theoretical range of 645 miles from its 55-litre tank, and CO2 emissions are a claimed 139g/km.
UK pricing has yet to be announced, but VW has said it will be pitched above the less powerful Golf GT TDI, which starts at £19,230 for the three-door. The GTD goes on sale in the UK in July.