Lower-powered 2.0 TDI is still smooth and eager

What is it?

A 2.0 TDI Golf, that’s what. This one, though, differs from the previously tested 2.0 TDI by sporting the 108bhp, not 138bhp, variant of Volkswagen’s latest 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine. In every other respect the car, in SE trim and with a five-speed manual ’box, is the same as we’ve already seen.

What’s it like?

No surprises inside or out. We’re now quite used to the Mk6 Golf’s refined looks, subtly improved quality interior and generous standard kit, which all conspire to instil a feeling of unruffled, upmarket tranquillity almost above the Golf’s station.

In 108bhp form the VW Golf doesn’t feel to be wanting at any time. Power delivery is smooth and eager, although it obviously lacks a little urge for overtaking when compared to its bigger-chested 138bhp sibling. And despite needing a few more revs to make brisk getaways from the lights, its an impressively serene experience from the remarkably well-insulated cabin. The Golf rides noticeably well, too, and the chassis is adept, albeit lacking a Focus’s dynamic sparkle when pressed on.

Should I buy one?

Quite possibly. If 'VW Golf' is already at the top of your shopping list, then this version would be well worth considering. It’s a stylish, solidly built five-door hatch, as we’d expect, but exceptionally frugal, too. VW claims an impressive 57.6mpg combined, and we saw figures hitting the mid-60s on a motorway run. Numbers like that make us wonder quite what the Bluemotion version will achieve when it appears, or even if it’s worth waiting for at all.

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moe360 4 May 2009

Re: Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 110 SE

Lee23404 wrote:
Good luck with the new car

Thanks Lee23404, I am counting down the days till its ready. Shame the average waiting time for a new car is around 6 - 10 weeks.

Lee23404 4 May 2009

Re: Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 110 SE

moe360 wrote:
I have put a deposit on a 3dr 2.0 TDI 110 SE in peral black with 17 inch wheels

I know I have said elsewhere that the new Golf is a little dull but I saw a 5 door in black with 17" alloys and a tan leather interior yesterday and i thought it looked great.

Good luck with the new car.

moe360 4 May 2009

Re: Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 110 SE

Today I test drove the new MK6 2.0TDI SE golf, and what I can say about the 2.0 TDI 110 version is that its amazing . I was expecting it to be slow and slugish and noisey, but it was none of those things. It was so refined, quieter then my petrol car, the mid range shove power was excellent and the handling was very good. Also the comfort levels were excellent the new seats are great for long journeys and you can not hear any road noise at all.

Also the stereo is excellent and even though the test drive golf was missing a few options I speced it was a 8/10 car, I can now understand why the golf costs more then its rivals its amazing that a hatch back can be such a good all rounder.

I have put a deposit on a 3dr 2.0 TDI 110 SE in peral black with 17 inch wheels and MFSW. The only negative thing I would say is that the options list is very exspensive,

great car