2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD Simply when it appears the automotive trade has lost its method with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a easy car emerges. For over 50 years, this car has been the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD.
Usually derided by enthusiasts as appliances, the no-frills commuter automobile gets the overwhelming majority of consumers where they wish to go in the method they want to get there, safely and at a price. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD does it even better.
Exhibit A that the automotive business has gotten a little bit nuts: the typical transaction value for a new car is greater than $37,000, in accordance with Kelley Blue E book. Simple guilty the automakers on this period of no accountability but we’re those paying those massive costs for large automobiles loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just under $23,000, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD places each greenback to functional use.
Although it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball sport. On closer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it looks extra composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that tried too arduous to be completely different. The Fu Manchu front fascia is more streamlined and fewer offended, and the whole look is smoother entrance to back. However still, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD in the US is built on Toyota’s 20 years of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Complete output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system makes use of exhaust warmth to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats quicker, too, which could possibly be important for cold-weather shoppers wary of the cold vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical vehicle.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot because the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a surprising bit of pop. Extra importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg combined, similar as hybrid variations of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids and not using a plug, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around town, with the electronically managed brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week round city. Setting EV mode helps conserve energy beneath low throttle as much as about 20 mph, after which once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, as long as there’s enough cost within the battery.
The battery is positioned underneath the rear seat, so you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an even load floor. Rear seat room is adequate sufficient to fit two teenagers, and overall it felt roomy enough for a family of four.
The only trim in the Hybrid comes customary with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, with automated emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at highway cruising speeds and in commuter visitors from 24 mph all the way down to a cease. It also comes with the eight-inch touch display with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to stay competitive.
Priced at only $3,000 greater than the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD and $1,200 less than a equally equipped Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTD is the superbly sensible, remarkably affordable around-town car.
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