From Wolfsburg with love

From Wolfsburg with love

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
16 Oct 2013

Marketed as the oil burning brother of the much vaunted GTI, the GTD has a lot to live up to. While the MKVI GTD was almost as potent as its GTI brother, it lacked the same steering feedback that made the GTI so great.

Although accurate, the previous GTD’s steering rack lacked any real weight which dulled the driving experience slightly.

The latest MKVII however, is a far cry from where the MKVI left us. With the GTI’s brilliant progressive steering, the GTD has finally lived up to the image of being the oil burning brother of the GTI.

Despite our short time in all three cars, the GTD was obviously the pick of the lot. Off the line, the 380Nm of torque scorches the tarmac as you launch your way to 100kmh in 7.5 seconds. Not too shabby for something that returns 23.8km/L.

While we can’t vouch for those figures with our short drive, we can say that the previous GTD managed a consistent 17km/L during our sprint to Cameron Highlands and back. Very impressive considering the serious driving it was put through.

Oil burner or not, the GTD is a potent machine with a mean growl when stirred. Sadly, there is no definite answer on when Volkswagen Singapore will be bringing in the MKVII GTD if at all.

We say bring in the best all-round family hatch we’ve ever driven!

Credits: Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline direct from Wolfsburg, Germany

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