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VW Golf TDI: Efficient and entertaining


Nice review here of the VW Golf TDI. Enjoy!

The shining star of the Golf TDI, however, is its engine. Volkswagen introduced its 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder mill to the U.S. in late 2008 with the launch of the Jetta TDI, and we’ve always been quite fond of this powerplant. Offering 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, the diesel hatch has more than enough power for any sort of driving scenario, while still providing excellent efficiency. Volkswagen claims 30 miles per gallon in the city and 42 on the highway for our DSG-equipped test car, and without even trying to drive efficiently, we easily pulled off 37 mpg during our week-long test. This is clearly the most attractive part of the TDI package to consumers, but for enthusiasts, there’s another hidden treat. Superb fuel economy is one thing, but being able to achieve it under spirited driving is another thing, and when we find ourselves discussing the Golf TDI with friends and colleagues, the first thing we talk about is how good to drive the little hatch is, not what sort of mileage numbers we achieved.