GOLF GTD VOLKSWAGEN
The GTD’s power unit does sound a touch grumbly lower down the rev range, but has a nice rasp higher up, and the chassis is so capable that you feel like you can use all of the engine’s performance.
Steering is accurate in the Volkswagen, which means you can drive the car with precision, even if it’s not overflowing with feedback. This does make the GTD feel a touch lifeless, but the refinement and long-distance cruising ability it brings means the car is nicely balanced.It treads the line perfectly between a fast hatch and usable, comfortable family transport. The suspension is firm, with a plush edge to the ride even in Sport mode, and although bumps never feel harsh in the GTD, the car’s body control adds to its agility.
It’s helped by the XDS+ system, which brakes individual wheels to help turn-in and reduce understeer. Traction and grip are good and the technology works well and makes the Golf feel reactive and alert.