Part of the Volkswagen Golf recipe that has helped the car sell more than 30 million units in just under 40 years is the number of variants in which the hatchback is offered. Building on that range here in the US, Automotive News is reporting that we will finally be getting the sporty Golf GTD, likely as a 2016 model. It's the GTD, you'll recall, that crosses the performance abilities of the venerable GTI with a powerful and fuel-efficient diesel engine.

After speaking with Andreas Valbuena, Volkswagen product manager for the Golf, AN not only says that the GTD will for sale in the US in a couple years, it also estimates a baseline price of around $27,000, which would place it between the current pricing for the GTI and the Golf R. The GTD is launching in Europe this summer, but we won't be getting the seventh-generation Golf in the US for another year. The news about the performance diesel model isn't entirely unexpected – VW officials have been hinting at it for at least a year now, going so far as to import a sixth-generation model for media test drives on US soil, a task we happily took them up on last year.

The Mk VII GTD uses VW's 2.0-liter TDI engine with output increased to 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, allowing the car to sprint to 60 miles per hour in about seven seconds while returning more than 40 mpg in highway driving. We can't wait.


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      Roscoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Long overdue and much joy at this announcement. HOWEVER, the MSRP is going to be higher than a GTI but less than a Golf R? That to me (if it proves true) is a major misstep on the pricing. At most it should cost the same as the GTI, but certainly not more. I truly hope VW reconsiders North American pricing before launch...
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Roscoe
        I agree the price is pretty high. On the other hand, I was surprised to read just now that a base Golf TDI ($24,495) actually costs more than a GTI ($24,200) -- so it's not surprising at all that a GTD would cost more still. For what it's worth, the price gap between the lowest base Golf (2.5L, $18,095) and the TDI is $6,400, so in that light the gap between the GTI and the GTD (around $2,800) seems pretty fair. *Of course all prices change between 2013 and 2016, but I'm assuming things shift in unison...
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Roscoe
        I never disagree with cheaper is better...but diesels simply cost more than gas engines. A modest premium is called for, but not 3-4K USD.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      This version of the 2.0 TDI should be used the Passat and Tiguan as well
      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's about time!
      Drezz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, it may be fairly well optioned at "baseline," so I wouldn't criticize the pricing just yet. But 2016?!? Releasing in, what, mid-2015... that's forever, given our year delay on the Mk7 to begin with. I don't like the plaid in the GTI; at least the plaid for the GTD is more subtle.
      EdS
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've been waiting for this vehicle for what feels like two years already, I'm not going to wait another two more years.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL for using "Sporty" and "Diesel" to describe the same car.
        HollywoodF1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Right. Like those retarded Audi's (Volkswagen Group) that keep winning LeMans.
      methos1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get rid of the plaid seats and I would consider this an option for my next car, but it'll have stiff competition from the Mazda 3 diesel...
        idburns
        • 1 Year Ago
        @methos1999
        The plaid seats are a hallmark of the Golf/GTI, going all the way back to the MKI.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @idburns
          Understanding that plaid seats are a "hallmark" of the Golf (though MKI GTIs in the US had burgundy and red or blue and red velour seats), I don't like them. Thankfully, there is always leather...though all black is a bit dull.
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @methos1999
        I'd never buy a VW, but you could easily cover those feminine seats with seat-covers. At least it doesn't have the GTI's flower petal wheels. Those were the worst...
          montoym
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ravenosa
          Do you mean the New Beetle and the wheels that were aftermarket and never sold on cars from the factory? Like this: http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/222/dscf6554bf5.jpg Why not blame VW for the crappy Teddy Bear Ronals while you're at it? http://smg.photobucket.com/user/dubenvy/media/Golf/teddywheels.jpg.html VW (or any manufacturer) should not be to blame for the bad choices made by their buyers.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will it help the sinking sales of Volkswagen in the US?
      ElvisOnVelvet
      • 1 Year Ago
      Average age of those who buy a new GTIs is in the 35 to 55 range(I own a MK6 and fall in there) many of us are past our hoon stage and want some thing versatile, fun to drive with out that upmarket subtext many fun cars have. I would have gone for the GTD if it were on the market. I think this will move a lot of VW buyers from the GTI to the GTD, might pick up some A3 TDI buyers and keep VW owners from wondering off to Mazda or some of the other sporty diesels that could be coming. WTG VW but 2016 I'd have bought one in 2011.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ElvisOnVelvet
        Those demographics describe me exactly. I want a "driver's car", but I feel too old for a WRX, Evo, Focus ST, or other riced-out rally/tuner car. While I could afford one, I don't want the stigma of douchebaggery that comes with a luxury "sports sedan" like a 3-series or A4 (even though neither is much of a driver's car any more). I also want efficiency, more for ideological reasons than environmental or economic (I don't like supporting barbaric regimes in the middle east). But I hate the way the Prius and most other hybrids drive, and most hybrids don't offer a manual transmission anyway. That pretty much leaves this Golf GTD, diesel Mazda 3, and any forthcoming Mini with a diesel.
          Donny Hoover
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          Can't carry things around? I put the box spring from a twin bed in my golf TDI the other day. Hauled a dresser today. Other things I have hauled include the front bumper to a 300zx in the factory box, an entire rear subframe to a 300zx, 75 gallon fish tank, a cabinet, several guitars and amps, and countless other things. It may not hold as much as a Suburban but it certainly holds more than any average mid sized car ever could. Unless you're trying to carry the dogs and the children at the same time, I really don't see the problem.
          ravenosa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          You're too old to drive a WRX/Focus but you'd be seen in a Mini, so you want a Golf for a "driver's car"? I don't get it... I won't even ride in my friend's Mini. I feel too silly in the thing. You got the hood scoop, the racing stripes, the checkers, the ridiculous interior, front-wheel-drive, etc. What's not to like?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Matt
          [blocked]
        MJC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ElvisOnVelvet
        Totally agree. I am 35 and my next car will be a GTI or GTD - now to decide...
        kcroc10077
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ElvisOnVelvet
        I's like to see the GTD engine dropped into the GLI. The thing about hatchbacks is if the back seats are occupied you lose a lot of cargo capacity. Put this engine in the GLI and its the best of both worlds.
      Trist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Okay hybrid drivers, let loose and explain to the class why your Prenus is better than this.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trist
        Well...there's that 'fuel mileage' thing. Also price. Also cost of fuel. Also VW's reliability.
          Trist
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          I think I would enjoy driving in a somewhat sport hatch back with loads of torque than in a cheaply built tiny wheeled vagina all day.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          I'm not a hybrid driver, though, so perhaps you don't want my thoughts. I apologize.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          The current Golf TDI has a higher average MPG on Fuelly.com than the Prius. And is a lot more fun to drive. The upcoming Golf VII TDI further beats the Prius on real-world fuel consumption, and is apparently even more fun to drive. The Prius is a penalty box; I know, my parents have 2 and they are the worst-driving vehicles I have ever driven.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          @Trist I agree, it's rather unfortunate that VW stubbornly claimed that diesel was the way to go and then eventually relented with a gasoline hybrid Jetta.
          Trist
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          On second thought, why doesn't VW build a diesel-electric hybrid.
          Trist
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          @JaredN, didn't think of that; but imagine what the MPG and driving fun factor would be if a Prius had a turbo diesel electric hybrid powertrain; maybe then I would consider getting one.
        ravenosa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trist
        There's no way I'm buying a VW, let alone a Rabbit. I think the Prius is a nicer-looking car, has more options, more interesting interior and gets better gas mileage.
          MJC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ravenosa
          Are you legally blind? I've never heard anyone say a Prius is better looking than anything, let alone a GTD.
        Shawn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trist
        Pruis gets about double mileage in the city. Prius is reliable.
          m
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shawn
          The Golf diesel gets about 40mpg in the city. That's with my terrain, roads, climate, and driving style. [flat, stoplight every quarter mile, climate control always needed, and aggressive] I've never owned a Prius, but the times I've driven them they got pretty near the same. Double sounds like you're living in fantasy land.
        m
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Trist
        I own a gasoline/electric hybrid as well as a diesel powered Golf, so I guess I'm qualified to answer. They're my 2 daily drivers. #1. Don't group all hybrids or hybrid drivers together. The Prius is a piece of crap not BECAUSE it's a hybrid; it's a piece of crap because Toyota CHOSE to make it a piece of crap. My Insight is proof that a gasoline/electric hybrid can still be fun to drive if it isn't intentionally ruined. It's got wider track in the front and a battery in the back to help balance out the handling. It's 1800 pounds with a decent manual transmission. It'd be hard to make a car like that not fun. And it's substantially cheaper to operate than my Golf. #2. I thoroughly enjoy my Golf. It's more luxurious in every way than my Insight. It's more versatile too with far more storage space (It's the wagon version, because why would you not buy the wagon version?). While it does handle better than anything nearly as cheap to operate that you can buy new today, it's still set up from the factory to understeer pretty badly. Also, where I currently live (the horrid state of Illinois) it's very difficult to find quality fuel. It gets low 40s average for fuel economy.
      thequebecerinfrance
      • 1 Year Ago
      The diesel will not be as much fun as the GTI. A as previous owner of a 177HP diesel hatch the engine was just not that much fun. Torquey? Yes. Fuel efficient? Yes. Loves to rev? No. Sounds great? No. The only people who truly want this have never owned a sporty diesel hatch.
        Jannor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thequebecerinfrance
        I've had one for about 3 weeks, GTD with DSG. Such an awesome car.
        Xantia10000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thequebecerinfrance
        Maybe the problem was that the diesel hatch you previously had wasn't a VW
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