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Volkswagen Golf TDI

Most Golfs are sold as diesels and they suit the solid family hatch well, with punchy manners compensating for a little more noise than rivals. Of the two, the costlier 2.0-litre is quieter but not as economical as the 1.9-litre. All units are famed for their high torque outputs, though the actual powerband is rather narrow. In the quicker TDI 170, this can lead to sudden bursts of acceleration and tail-off at higher revs. The front wheels can easily lose traction too, and plenty of gearchanges are called for on twisting roads to stay within the power band. But in-gear acceleration of all is excellent and effortless. All Golfs, with their high-tech rear set-ups, corner with assuredness while also offering a good ride quality over all surfaces - though stiffer springs, to cope with the extra weight of the oil-burning powerplants, means the ride is not quite as good as petrol models. The engines are, as noted, louder too, with some start-up rattle and idle clatter, though they are much more refined when cruising.

Inside, the usual well laid out VW cabin and excellent seating position impress. Spacious and roomy, the hatchback is still one of the most comfortable cars in the class and well designed for long journeys. Quality is to be expected with a VW too, and the Golf is no exception, with a solid feel that no rival can match. That is what you pay for, with prices a cut above direct rivals. But insurance is OK, the five-star Euro-NCAP result is excellent and variable intervals help cut servicing costs. Where the Golf is a big winner, however, is with residuals. It is worth notably more than rivals after three years, you do pay more initially - and TDIs demand a premium over the comparable petrol version but you get it back. All diesels return very impressive economy figures as well - even the 170bhp version averaged over 40mpg in our hands during testing. If fuel bills are your primary concern, the TDI still makes sense.

Technical charasteristics:


Body Type:Hatchback 5 doors / 5 seats
Weight:1374 Kg
Length:4199 mm
Height:1478 mm
Wheelbase:2578 mm
Front Track:1539 mm
Rear Track:1514 mm
Ground Clearance:n/a
Fuel Capacity:55 liters


Engine location:front
Engine alignment:unknown
Drive Wheels:Rear wheel drive
Fuel Supply System:DDi
Max Power:140HP (103 kW) @ 4200 rpm
Max Torque:320Nm @ 2500 rpm
CO2 Emissions:126 g/Km
Engine Coolant:water
Displacement:1968 cc
Bore:81 mm
Stroke:95 mm
Cam Design:DOHC - Double Overhead Camshaft (per bank)
Cylinders:4 INLINE
Valves per cylinder:4
Total Valves:18
Compression Ratio:16.5:1


Front Brakes:n/a
Rear Brakes:n/a
Standard Wheels:16 inches
Standard Tyres:205/55/R16
Suspension Front:MS
Suspension Rear:MS


Number of gears:6


Acceleration 0-100 Km/h:9.3 seconds
Acceleration 80-120 Km/h:n/a
Top Speed:n/a


City:6.1 l/100km
Road:4.1 l/100km
Mixt:4.8 l/100km


Misha Soft ( )
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March 17' 2010
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August 6' 2010
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