The new Volkswagen Golf GTD is an impressive long-range, high-performance contract hire diesel car that is worth checking out.
The impressive new Volkswagen Golf GTD is now available to lease or buy with prices starting at £32,790.
The GTD's introduction follows that of VW's GTE and GTI models.
The diesel-powered variant is also the most powerful Golf GTD that VW has ever made.
Not only can drivers enjoy a range of up to 600 miles from one tank of fuel, its top speed is - where permitted - 152 mph.
The 0 to 62 mph sprint time for the diesel-powered Volkswagen Golf GTD is 7.1 seconds from an engine that produces 200 PS with torque of 400Nm.
That output is up slightly from the previous model's engine output of 184 PS.
It also means that the acceleration and top speed figures for the GTD are extremely close to the Golf GTI's performance figures.
The power is delivered using a quick-shifting seven-speed DSG automatic transmission which is fitted as standard.
However, one of the most important attractions - particularly for anybody wanting to lease a VW Golf GTD - is the fuel efficiency of 54 mpg and emissions for the car are 137g/km.
Volkswagen also says that its new Golf GTD now completes its line-up of performance GT-badged Golfs.
This means the new GTD now complements the high-performance petrol engine GTI, as well as the GTE plug-in hybrid.
However, VW Golf fans now have the four-wheel drive Golf R to look forward to - and that will be unveiled next month.
The Volkswagen Golf GTD is also packed with equipment including three-zone climate control, keyless entry, electric door mirrors that have integral puddle lights and LED matrix lights.
There's also an aluminium gear lever fitted along with a heated, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel that has paddle shifters to enjoy the standard DSG transmission.
For those who may not know, Volkswagen introduced the GTD back in 1982 when the Mark I Golf had a turbocharged diesel engine fitted.
And, along with lots of torque, the VW GTD delivered low running costs to help boost the hatchback's appeal as a top-selling family car.
The previous GTD helped the GT performance models account for a third of all Golf sales in the UK – and it is also a popular car leasing choice for business users and families.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
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