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Volkswagen Golf TDI: excellent performance and fuel economy

The Volkswagen Golf TDI offers a new level of comfort and refinement, along with the famous Volkswagen build quality and engineering. Andrew Frankel takes a ride

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDi SE 5-dr

This model from £22,705

The Golf is not just the most relaxing car in its class, it is more than capable of shaming many more expensive offerings from premium manufacturers in the class above. Physically it is the size of a family hatch, but its quality and demeanour are those of an executive saloon.

The secret is to get the 2-litre diesel engine that comes with effortless performance, impressive cruising refinement and implausibly good economy. Moreover, all Golfs using this engine also come with a more sophisticated rear suspension arrangement that elevates the ride from the merely impressive to the genuinely outstanding.

So equipped, there is no more effective nor soothing long-distance cruiser this kind of money can buy. Fine seats, a perfect driving position and flawless ergonomics complete the picture.


  • Engine: 1968cc, 148bhp
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Top speed: 134mph
  • 0-60mph acceleration: 8.6sec


  • Claimed economy: 68.9mpg
  • VED: Group B
  • Insurance Group: 18 (1=low, 50=high)

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