Volkswagen launch efficient but hot Golf estate
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.