However, from the first standing start in the video, it’s clear that this car’s rev range is incredibly narrow. While it’s impossible to escape a diesel’s small power range, the low redline produces a very quiet character. You could say it sounds good for a diesel, but you’d be hard pressed to call it anything else.
If you put the subdued soundtrack aside, Volkswagen’s diesel powertrain packs a punch in rolling acceleration scenarios. Its 2.0-liter turbodiesel can only produce 197 horsepower (147 kilowatts) – a deficit of 48 horsepower compared to the current GTI – but it produces an astonishing torque of 295 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) – 22 lbs. -pi more than the GTI. Numbers aside, the GTD produces more low-end torque than its internal combustion compatriot.
So let’s face it, while the Golf diesel might not be the most dizzying sedan on the market, it makes diesel more exciting. Rather than being a theoretical attempt to match the GTI, we’re betting this vehicle will give long-haul commuters something to think about the next time they find themselves in a Volkswagen showroom.