THE new Golf GTD continues with the tradition set 39 years ago when the original model redefined the small family car. The new Golf is built on the so-called MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix, that allows access to new powertrains and technologies.
At 4,255 mm, the new Golf is 56 mm longer, with a 59 mm longer wheelbase of 2,637 mm. The front wheels are 43 mm further forward, helping to generate more interior space.
Rear legroom is improved by 15 mm, and the front seats have been moved 20 mm further back, benefiting taller drivers.
There is more room for luggage, too: the boot is 30 litres larger, at 380 litres, with a low 665 mm sill to make loading easier. Though the new car’s dimensions are larger, its overall design is unmistakeably that of a Golf.
Walter de Silva, Head of Design for Volkswagen AG, said: “One of the keys to the Golf’s success lies in its continuity.” The centre console is now angled more towards the driver, giving direct access to auxiliary controls, including the new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems.
It operates with finger gestures that will be familiar to smartphone users. Features include DAB digital radio, auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth telephone preparation and access to vehicle trip information.
The new Golf GTD is available from €31,000. It features a number of innovative standard safety systems, while optional systems include many previously only available on vehicles in a class above.
Standard on all new Golf models, in addition to ABS, ESC and seven airbags, is XDS (an electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling) as well as an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
For the first time, the Golf also comes with driver profile selection, which allows the driver to choose from four modes – Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual. With Adaptive Chassis Control another mode – Comfort – is also offered.
Each of these modes alters the throttle mapping and engine management (among other parameters) to the chosen style to achieve maximum fuel efficiency.
Powering the Golf is a new range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems.