Volkswagen launch efficient but hot Golf estate

2015-04-11 12:28:17

Volkswagen is all set to introduce another hot estate – this time in the form of the Golf GTD. But this one is capable of achieving 64.2mpg on the combined cycle whilst CO2 emissions are 115g/km.

It marks the first time a hot diesel Golf has been added to the brand’s estate line-up and follows in the wake of the scorching Golf R Estate that was launched last year.

The Golf GTD estate has the recently face-lifted Focus ST Estate firmly in its sights and will carry over the diesel engine and chassis from the hatch. Also carried over to the load-lugging version are the hatchback’s design cues, including the honeycomb grille which is flanked by standard-fit bi-xenon headlights, more aggressive bumpers and flared side sills.

It sits on 17-inch alloy wheels, although larger 18-inch items are also available as an option. To give it a more purposeful look the sports suspension makes sure the car sits 15mm lower than the standard estate.

In addition, the GTD Estate’s rear end has been enhanced by a roof spoiler, black roof bars, smoked tail-lamp lenses and dual chrome exhaust tips.

Buyers of the hatchback will see the interior has also been recreated in the estate, meaning that you will get a black headlining, chequered door trim, stainless steel pedals and a golf ball-style gear knob.

Options include leather upholstery and a Sports & Design package that includes tinted windows and red brake callipers.

However, behind the rear seats – it is a different story, because here you will find a 620-litre boot. Not only is the obviously larger than the Golf hatch, but it eclipses the 476-litres offered by the Focus ST.

Underneath the bonnet is a 181bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI diesel engine that produces 280lb ft of torque. That is enough to get the GTD estate to 62mph from a standing start in 7.9-seconds when mated to a six-speed manual gearbox – just two-fifths of a second slower than the hatch, attributable to the 100kg weight penalty. A six-speed DSG automatic is also available if you prefer.

The Golf GTD estate will go on sale in April with the first deliveries expected in June.

This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto
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Andrew Merritt-Morling
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