Hammond calls Volkswagen Golf a ‘diesel rascal’

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond has referred to the latest addition to the Volkswagen Golf range as a "diesel rascal".

Writing for the Mirror, Hammond states that "fans better take a deep breath", as the new Volkswagen Golf GTD combines speed and fuel economy.

He reveals that the 170 ps 2.0-litre diesel engine used has the capabilities of accelerating from still to 62 miles per hour in 8.1 seconds, while also being able to quicken to a maximum speed of 138 miles per hour.

Furthermore, despite these solid statistics, motorists will also be able to travel some 53.3 miles per gallon of fuel if driven stringently, which is described as "impressive".

Hammond also remarks that the GTD also largely resembles the new Golf GTI in terms of appearance and "shares the petrol car’s sexy, sporty interior".

According to Volkswagen, the GTD will feature all of the same safety features that are included on the Golf range as a whole.

This means it will be fitted with seven airbags as standard, including a knee airbag for the first time.

The vehicle received a five-star safety award from Euro NCAP in its crash testing.

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