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Volkswagen has shrunk the diesel, with a 1.6-litre engine gracing the 77TDI Golf

17 Nov 2009

THE mainstream Golf ‘6’ rollout is now almost complete with the delayed arrival of the 77TDI – the replacement for the old 1.9-litre TDI turbo-diesel. Packing a sweet revving 77kW/250Nm 1.6 and offering fuel consumption of as little as 4.3L/100km on the country run, the smaller of the two diesel-engined Golf models seems to tick all the right boxes for people seeking real dynamic sparkle to go with their eco motoring choices. But has the 77TDI been worth the wait? Is it as good as its popular predecessor? And would you choose one over the more expensive but highly impressive 103TDI Golf?
Model release date: 1 November 2009 to 1 March 2013

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Golf 1.9 TDI

Released: Aug 2004
Ended: Feb 2009
Family Tree: Golf

ALWAYS living in the shadow of the larger and more popular Golf 103kW/320Nm 2.0 TDI, the 77kW/250Nm 1.9 TDI version was an honest and hard-working turbo-diesel of the old school – tough, strong, a bit loud (only from the outside mostly) and oozing with bags of instant torque. It was also frugal, whether mated to the standard five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox that most Golf buyers chose. But the best part lay in the sophisticated chassis, which included a multi-link rear suspension set-up for surefooted handling and a good ride. In base Trendline guise, the 1.9 TDI was sufficiently equipped, but the exxier Comfortline version is the one to go for, since it includes niceties such as alloys and cruise control. From early 2008, VW amalgamated the models into the single 1.9 TDI Edition and added stability control as standard. As a fun-to-drive and practical runabout – as well as a far more desirable alternative to the rather breathless 75kW/148Nm 1.6 petrol – the 1.9 TDI has few peers.

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