We all lo­ve our Golf

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Auto Dealer -

...be­cau­se it of­fers e­co­nomy, re­li­a­bi­li­ty and good per­for­man­ce - just li­ke the cham­pi­on it is.

O­ver 350 000 mo­dels of the Golf ha­ve been sold in South A­fri­ca sin­ce its launch four de­ca­des ago. High per­for­man­ce ver­si­ons li­ke the Golf R and GTI con­ti­nue to streng­then in terms of sa­les and the­se two ver­si­ons ma­ke op ne­ar­ly 60% of all Golf sa­les in South A­fri­ca.

A ra­re sig­ht on the pre-lo­ved car sa­les floor is the GTD, of which a new ver­si­on was laun­ched in Ju­ly 2017. This is Volks­wa­gen’s on­ly per­for­man­ce die­sel de­ri­va­ti­ve ha­tch in South A­fri­ca. The­re is cur­rent­ly on­ly one in the wi­de ran­ge of Golfs a­vai­la­ble at Mas­terCars on the Volks­wa­gen pre­mi­ses op­po­si­te the Gar­den Rou­te Mall.

The first ‘per­for­man­ce’ Golf die­sel was 35 y­e­ars old in 2017. At its launch in 1982, it was des­cri­bed as the first ‘sports’ die­sel and it ar­ri­ved at the sa­me ti­me as the fi­ve mil­li­onth Golf.

A main ad­van­ta­ge of die­sel is e­co­nomy and he­re lies the Golf GTD’s ge­ni­us, but wit­hout sa­cri­fi­cing per­for­man­ce. For the ex­act details on en­gi­ne si­ze and fu­el con­sump­ti­on, ent­hu­si­as­ts must hur­ry to ha­ve a look at this car po­pu­lar­ly kno­wn as “the GTI of die­sels”.

The­re are nu­me­rous be­ne­fits and fe­a­tu­res a spe­ci­al one is the a­bi­li­ty to gui­de the d­ri­ver w­hen re­ver­sing with a trai­ler.

It does not be­co­me a­vai­la­ble of­ten, as o­w­ners tend to hang on­to them as long as pos­si­ble.

The cle­an car in a dark i­ron blue da­tes from 2017. It has low ki­lo­me­tres and a two y­e­ar un­li­mi­ted ki­lo­me­tres Mas­terCars war­ran­ty is a­vai­la­ble as an op­ti­on.

A main ad­van­ta­ge of die­sel is e­co­nomy and he­re lies the Golf GTD’s ge­ni­us, but wit­hout sa­cri­fi­cing per­for­man­ce.

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