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Volkswagen Golf GTD hatchback (2013-2019) - Reliability & safety

All of the Volkswagen Golf GTD’s parts have been tried and tested in other VW cars

Carbuyer Rating

3.7 out of 5

Owners Rating
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Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

Our annual Driver Power survey shows that Volkswagen Golf owners are a generally pleased by their cars. The Golf also has a great reputation for safety, and the GTD has sophisticated driver-assistance technology fitted as standard.

Volkswagen Golf GTD reliability

The fact that the Golf GTD shares a large proportion of its parts with other models in the VW range should ensure this range-topping model is just as reliable as any other Golf diesel.

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The Volkswagen Golf was rated highly for reliability in our 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey of cars currently on sale in the UK. Of the owners who responded, 15.6% reported experiencing a problem with their car at least once.

Safety

Safety is another strong point for the GTD – and all other Golf models for that matter. It benefits from a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating – broken down into 94% for adult occupant protection, 89% for child occupants and 65% for pedestrians.

Its high ratings here are thanks to seven airbags, electronic stability control and an automatic post-collision braking system, which stops the car after an impact to prevent a secondary collision.

The GTD also has autonomous emergency braking to prevent low-speed accidents; adaptive cruise control that maintains a safe distance between you and the car in front; and a driver fatigue sensor, which warns if you’re nodding off at the wheel.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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