You'll need to pay nearly £33,000 for a Golf GTD these days, a model that today comes only with five doors and DSG auto transmission. That's over £2,000 less than you'd need to find for a DSG-equipped petrol Golf GTI; and over £3,000 less than the petrol Plug-in Hybrid Golf GTE. Volkswagen hopes that you'll want to pay more for its 'Travel Assist' 'IQ.DRIVE' system that gives Golf GTD drivers active steering, accelerating and braking at speeds of up to 130mph. Other common GTD model options are likely to include the trendy illuminating radiator grille and the DCC adaptive chassis control adjustable damping system. With the previous generation version of this car, we were a little dubious about whether DCC was worth the extra cash, but this time round, thanks to this model's integrated 'Vehicle Dynamics Manager' system, you really should be able to feel distinct differences between the available 'Comfort', 'Eco' and 'Sport' modes, plus in the extra 'Individual' menu, there's now a digital slider that allows you to create a more bespoke set-up.
There's a stack of safety gear as well, with a Lane Assist lane keeping system, Front Assist Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, and XDS electronic differential lock for extra cornering traction and the 'Car2X' system (local communication with other vehicles and the traffic infrastructure).