Ten Second Review
Volkswagen Golf GTD Lease Review - This top of the line Golf is one of a kind, coming with blistering pace and some fantastic driver aids but without some of the more practical finished you might associate with such a model.
The real talking point is the engine, a 181bhp diesel monster that provides over 30 more break horsepower than anything else in the range. Getting to 60 in 7.5 seconds and still managing to average over 65mpg, you get a desirable practicality with your speed. Considering this car will not only shoot along the road, but also fit three adults and plenty of luggage in the back, you might consider this something of a motoring nirvana, but there are a few drawbacks.
Firstly, while the standard extras are fairly comprehensive on this model, including climate control and adaptive cruise control, DAB radio and touchscreen infotainment system, there is no standard sat-nav as there is on lesser models. The reasons for this are largely unclear, but likely to do with the increased driver aids in this model. Not only does this come with all the safety kit available, including the City Emergency Brake system, but also updated ESP and the Bluemotion system, which uses redundant energy to increase economy. This all adds up to a superb drive with everything you could want or expect. In the corners there is little roll and plenty of grip from the Bluemotion tyres, while on the straights you get plenty of performance while still enjoying a refined ride courtesy of the VW standard build quality.
This car will thrill and there is plenty of fun to be had, while due to the upgraded cabin features and refinements your partner probably won’t notice the speed you’re driving at, which is always a good thing! A fun car that can still carry the kids around if you need it to, this is an excellent motor and worthy of its slightly increased price, and as close as the practical Golf will ever get to its GTi brethren.