Auto-Top wouldn’t be Auto-Top if we wouldn’t have some car fun during our vacation We’re on our way to MTM, in southern Germany Ingolstadt, near the Audi factury We needed a fast, comfortable and economical car for the job So we could get there as quickly and comfortably as possible We chose the Golf GTD! We’ve done a few hundred km’s I have to say it is a very good long distance car I can’t think of anything I’m missing The last time we went to MTM, we brought a Mini Clubman SD But when you look at power and comfort..This is the winner We went of the motorway to see how it handles And to answer the biggest question… Is the GTD a GTI with a diesel engine? to answer that question you have to know it has got the GTI’s suspension It handles almost as good.. It has a diesel engine, which are made from steel. At lower speeds it has a little bit more understeer than a GTI A GTI is a little bit more agile I think it’s about 90% of the GTI handling Which car do you have to pick GTI or GTD? It depends on how many km’s you drive each year If it’s a high amount, I would take the GTD I think it is a better business car than the GTI It is more incognito It doesn’t have dual exhaust, but just two on the left side It looks great, and I think it’s more special than the GTI GTI’s are everywhere GTD’s aren’t..I think thats a plus We’re back in Holland We’ve done about 1500 km’s with the GTD 1500 km’s of comfort, I have to say. This really is a long distance car There was a surprise.. The DSG gearbox. We’ve done many DSG’s with 2.0TSI’s and V6 engines It seems that the DSG works better with this Diesel than with those petrol powered engines With those engines the gearbox is unpredictable in the “D” setting. It changes gear without notice In this one it changes exactly when it should My conclusion is that this is a car of contrasts.. which is a positive thing It has good fuel economy AND fast We’ve driven pretty fast on the autobahn, but it never uses a lot of fuel It is very comfortable… But is also handles beautifully when you get of the motorway into the forrest I didn’t expect it to do that The avarage fuel economy was about 7.5l / 100 km..Try doing that in a GTI! .