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Diesel-powered Golf GTD joins lauded GTI but plays no second fiddle

Volkswagen logo11 Jun 2010

By RON HAMMERTON

VOLKSWAGEN expands its Mk6 Golf range yet further with the five-door-only Golf GTD sports diesel hatch. Drawing closer links with its famous GTI stablemate, the GTD succeeds the Mk5 Golf GT Sport TDI but remains a unique model in the small-car segment. On sale now at a $39,290 starting price for the six-speed manual, with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox with shift paddles adding $2500, the Golf GTD is cheaper than expected, slotting underneath the GTI five-door, which is priced from $40,490 - but not the Golf GTI three-door ($38,990).
Model release date: 1 June 2010 to 1 March 2013

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Golf GT Sport TDI

Released: December 2008
Ended: September 2009
Family Tree: Golf

The Mk6 Golf GTD replaces the Mk5 Golf GT Sport TDI, which arrived here at the end of the previous generation Volkswagen hatchback's model life, in December 2008. Priced at $37,490 for the six-speed manual and $39,990 for the six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic version, both versions came with a 125kW 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.

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