Volkswagen is to unveil a new Estate version of its performance Golf GTD at the Geneva motor show in March.
Following the recent introduction of the Golf R Estate and Seat Leon ST Cupra, the GTD Estate is the latest addition to the performance wagon market, which marries the driving thrills of a hot hatch with a more practical load space.
This is the first time VW has launched a diesel performance estate car, and the GTD will compete against the recently launched diesel version of the Ford Focus ST, which is also available in both hatchback and estate guises.
The GTD Estate shares its engine with its hatchback sibling, with a 181bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel motor under the bonnet. 0-62mph takes 7.9 seconds with the standard-fit six-speed manual gearbox – nearly half a second down on the hatchback due to the Estate's 100kg weight penalty. An optional six-speed DSG automatic gearbox will also be offered.
Of course, a diesel performance car is supposed to blend speed with economy, and the GTD Estate is claimed to return 64mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions starting from a tax-friendly 115g/km – figures which are both marginally worse than the GTD hatchback, again largely due to the additional weight of the estate body.
The VW Golf GTD Estate will go on sale in April, soon after its Geneva unveiling, with the first customer cars due for delivery in June. Full price and specifications are yet to be announced but a starting price of around £28,000 is expected.