If you’re in the market for an exciting hatchback but practicality is a priority, TopAuto reader Myles recommends a VW Golf 7 GTD.
Look past the battery-thirsty key fob and this diesel-powered hatchback provides an exciting engine and attractive design.
Below, Myles tells us what it’s like driving the GTD.
Which model do you own?
I own a 2019 VW Golf 7 GTD with 38,000km on the clock.
When did you get the car?
My father purchased the car new in 2019 and I took it over at the start of 2020.
What are your three favourite things about the car?
The variety of driving styles is my favourite feature of the GTD.
In the standard drive mode, the transmission makes the car very comfortable and economical.
When you flick it over into Sport you notice an immediate improvement in throttle response and acceleration. This is my favourite setting to have it in.
The paddles on the steering wheel make a manual drive mode possible, too.
Secondly, the GTD is the only car I have ever driven with a digital instrument cluster.
This makes my daily life much more convenient as I can control multiple vehicle functions right from this screen without having to look towards the centre console.
It also works with the VW We Connect Go application to send important driving data to my smartphone.
Lastly, I like the styling of the GTD – with its subtle black trim and inconspicuous badges. I personally find it more attractive than the red lines on the GTI.
Which three things do you like least about the car?
The “crash sensor” in the car is too sensitive for my liking.
Often when I am reversing out of a parking space someone more than a metre away will cause the brakes to lock.
The keyless entry system also drains the remote’s battery quickly. The batteries in both remotes have already been replaced twice since 2019.
The grip on the front wheels sometimes lacks, too.
Even on dry roads, the front wheels can lose traction and this causes the car to “slide” slightly – which can be rather unnerving.
What is it like to drive your car every day?
In one word: fun.
With the variety of driving settings offered, I never get bored.
This variety of driving styles may be offered in other cars, but it makes driving a diesel engine a lot more fun than one would expect it to be.
What is the hardest journey you have done with your car?
I once drove from Johannesburg to Scottburgh.
The trip was awesome until I pulled onto a local road and hit a pothole, which transformed a fun drive into a limp to the nearest mechanic.
While the trip wasn’t exactly “hard”, this incident made it much more unpleasant.
Would you recommend your car to friends and family?
Definitely. It is incredibly economical without sacrificing excitement.
I have always been a fan of diesel power, but I never thought I would have this much fun in a diesel hatchback.