Diesel hit in Golf war
considered along with fuel-pump savings to determine if the diesel is worth the extra upfront spend.
A 2004-06 Golf 1.9 TDi Trendline will cost $19,000-$22,000, about 9 per cent more than a similar 1.6-litre petrol Trendline. A similar Comfortline will cost $19,000-$24,000.
The 2.0 TDi Comfortline will set you back $20,000-$25,000, 8 per cent more than an equivalent petrol model.
At the time of writing, diesel was 3 cents a litre more expensive than regular unleaded, but 10 cents a litre less than 98-octane premium unleaded. Compared with a car running on regular unleaded, it would take almost 90,000km before the lower economy of the diesel would bring you to a break-even point. But if you compare it with a car running on 98-octane unleaded, you would gobble up the diesel’s average purchase premium in about 65,000km.
He says it’s satisfying to see the trip computer showing 4.9 litres/ 100km on the freeway, and still have quick acceleration when needed.
His only complaint is that off the line the diesel/DSG combination is a bit hesitant and jerky.
The vehicle itself is excellent, he says, the finish is good and things such as heated front seats are a great option.
Nick Smithwick bought a 2006 2.0-litre TDi Comfortline brand new and loves it.
He acknowledges diesel is more expensive than petrol, but says 85 per cent of his driving is in traffic and around the city and he still gets more than 850km to the tank. On the highway he gets more than 1100km.
Stephanie Harris owns a 2007 2.0-litre TDi Golf and says its fuel economy is really good. She is not happy with the price of diesel, but on a trip she can get 1100-1200km and around town 900km.
She says that it is comfortable and has plenty of get up and go when needed.