What we have here is the basic GTI package, except that the wonderful gas-powered 2.0-liter turbo engine that powers VW’s latest hot hatch has been yanked in favor of a new high-performance turbo diesel engine (also displacing 2.0 liters) that offers up 168 horsepower and, just as importantly, about 260 lb-ft of torque. VW says the new drivetrain package is enough to scoot the new GTD to 60 mph in about eight seconds. European combined fuel economy is rated at 44.4 mpg (U.S.) with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
On the outside, the GTD features all of the exterior differentiation of the GTI, except that the red exterior accents are now done in chrome. Step inside, and you’ll be greeted with VW’s signature plaid seating surfaces, though the red fabrics and stitching are now done in light grey.