Perhaps the real appeal of the Golf GT is not simply that it was almost as fast as a GTI, but that it could deliver genuine performance while still achieving good fuel economy and low emissions.
The official government combined fuel consumption figure of 7.7 litres/100km applies to the GT with either the conventional manual or DSG gearboxes.
And when you look at what else can run 0-100km/h in under eight seconds at that sort of economy, there’s not much around that isn’t a high-tech turbo-diesel. The only real catch was that, as an advanced piece of technology, the GT’s engine required a diet of 98-RON premium unleaded. It could cope with 95 now and then but regular unleaded would only be a get-you-home measure.