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Volkswagen Golf GTD (Mk8) review

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Published: 20 May 2021
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Buying

What should I be paying?

Right, here’s where the GTD will come into its own for some. In real-world – if rather enthusiastic – driving we managed around 49mpg, which isn’t far off VW’s claim of 54mpg. If you can match our economy (most likely an easy task) that means you’ll be good for over 500 miles from the 50-litres of fuel that the GTD’s tank holds.

The GTD is no longer the company car hero it once was, though. In the UK it now sits in the 30 per cent Benefit in Kind tax band despite Volkswagen’s best efforts with that twin dosing tech. Those looking for a hot-ish Golf through a work scheme will most likely be eyeing the GTE.

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Prices for outright buyers start at £32,845. There’s a decent level of kit as standard including the aforementioned Travel Assist and VW’s trick LED-matrix headlights, but you’ll want to add options such as metallic paint (£625), a rear-view camera (£300) and the impressive Harmon Kardon sound system (£625). You’ll also need the additional £470 Winter Pack to get a heated steering wheel and seats – both things that should really come as standard on a ‘premium’ hatch.

Larger 19-inch wheels are a £725 option, but stick with the standard 18s for better ride quality, especially if you’re avoiding the active dampers. Forget the £2,100 leather interior option too – the fabric seats are excellent.

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