Diesel hit in Golf war

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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.

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