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AA Cars works closely with thousands of UK used car dealers to bring you one of the largest selections of Volkswagen Golf TDi cars on the market. You can also browse Volkswagen dealers to find a second hand car close to you today. All used Volkswagen Golf TDi on the AA Cars website come with free 12 months breakdown cover.
VW have recently launched a MK7 hatchback with two diesel engines, 1.6l and 2.0l, that combine those classic Golf good looks with the sort of fuel efficiency that also turns heads. Even in the entry version, the power is constant and quiet, and the handling comfortable and assured. As you would expect from those clever German designers, the new 5.8 inch entry-level infotainment touchscreen is logical and easy to use, there's digital radio and USB connections, space enough for four hungry adults and 380 litres in the boot. The most impressive statistics, however, belong to the engine. The 1.6 engine can travel over 74 miles per gallon and emits 99g/km of CO2 (no London Congestion Charge and low tax) while the quicker 2.0 offers 106g/km and 68.9km. The Volkswagen Golf TDi sets a new benchmark in its class and competes very well with expensive rivals in other sectors
One of the leading variations of a car which is widely considered to be head and shoulders above its rivals, the VW Golf TDi is something quite special. This doesn't necessarily mean that it is the best Golf around however, but it certainly does offer the best all-round mix of drive, performance and crucially, economy.
Consistently growing ever more efficient, the seventh generation, which it now finds itself in, places the Golf TDi into an all new level of superiority in the hatchback market.
First introduced to the third generation Golf in 1991, the TDi engine is one of the leading options in the entire Golf range. While it offers the most economical of run costs in the range, it does come with the compromise of reducing performance slightly. Relative to other Golfs, that might offer a problem, but in comparison to its rival diesel hatches, it stands as arguably the best in its class.
In terms of specifications, the TDi succeeds in providing a balance between all aspects the Golf excels at - generally considered to be all of them. In the most recent Mk7 Golf, engine options are either a 1.6 litre or the ubiquitous 2.0 litre 148bhp, which between them offer the best all-round specifications in the range.
The main advantage the TDi variant holds over its competent Golf siblings, is that it offers the best efficiency. Fuel consumption ranges over the TDi generations from an impressive 56mpg in the Mk3, to a very impressive 68mpg in the latest Mk7. CO2 emissions are also reduced, which on the 1.6 TDi sit at 99g/km, crucially placing in under the road tax exempt threshold.
What the excellent efficiency and low run costs do result in however, is a slight loss of performance compared to rest of the range. This is only relative though, as the 10.7 seconds it takes the Mk7 TDi to hit 62mph is not exactly lethargic, nor is the 8.6 seconds it takes with the larger 2.0 engine.
As it is a Golf, handling and ride is second to none, being both refined and calm at high speeds, and willing and able once you put a bit more into it on trickier roads. The petrol engine Golfs might have the slight edge by being better weighted as a result of their lighter engines, but put up against any in its class, its ability to ride like a car far bigger and more luxurious than it actually is, while maintaining an enthusiasm for vigorous driving places it well ahead.
There are cars which offer a more exciting design and those which offer more luxury and perhaps more power, but few excel in all areas like the Golf does. Of those, none are as cost efficient as the TDi, which means it really does sit at the pinnacle of its hotly competitive market.
The first Golf TDi was launched as part of the third generation in 1991, and since then has been a constant - and successful - option.
First introduced in the third generation Golf, the TDi engines are available in a variety of models, while in the latest generation it comes as an option in each trim level. Here are the those models and their key features.
Bluetooth connectivity, Composition Media System, ESP, 15" steel wheels, front electric windows, multifunction computer, ABS, ESP, ISOFIX childseat anchor points, air conditioning with pollen filter, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, start/stop system.
Automatic Distance Control, 16" Toronto alloy wheels, Composition Media System, pre-crash preventative occupant protection, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity, multi-function computer, ABS, ESP, ISOFIX childseat anchor points, air conditioning with pollen filter, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, rain sensor and automatic dimming interior rear-view mirror, stop/start system, cruise control.
17" Dijon alloy wheels, ambient lighting, Discover Navigation System, parking sensors, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity, multi-function computer, ABS, ESP, ISOFIX childseat anchor points, air conditioning with pollen filter, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, stop/start system, cruise control.