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Old 04-24-2014, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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VW Golf GTI vs Golf TDI

Shooting for around 2010 model year. MK6.

My brain says tdi but my heart says gti. I'm so lost
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd go tdi for the better mileage
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The TDI will get almost double the MPG, have better low-end acceleration, and the engine should last forever. The GTI will have a sportier interior, bigger brakes, tighter suspension, and probably better lights and trip computer, depending on the package. If you are handy, all of that GTI stuff-and even the bumper & grill - can be swapped onto a TDI. You can buy them that way in Europe. The TDI will also hold its value much better- 10-year-old ones go for double to quadruple the price of a gas model.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Personally TDI for me... Owned a tdi sport jetta (gli) for six years and it was my favourite car ever, would buy it back in a heartbeat if I could afford to.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've hade VW Golf TDIs since 1994, and I would get another one today if it wasn't for kids and all of the stuff one need to haul around.
I'm still with VW but in the touran.

GTIs are fun when you use the power and handling, for everything else the TDI is just as good.
Here in Europe you can get the GTI whit the biggest TDI engine, but as I understand from posters above me that option isn't available in the US.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If I could get the gti interior and exterior on a golf tdi that would be easy choice.

I drive 95% city so the mileage won't be too much higher. Though that also makes the performance gap smaller as well.
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Gainman I think you can, in Canada. 2004 they made limited number of tdi sport golfs like my jetta was, upgraded tdi with gli trim and interior including r-line type components (steering wheel, leather trim controls etc). Look into those. Mk4 sexiness FTW.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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<---Generation 1 GTI owner.
Still has a soft spot.
Yes, tighter suspension, better top end, better interior.
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<---Generation 1 GTI owner.
Still has a soft spot.
Yes, tighter suspension, better top end, better interior.
The gen 1/2/3 GTI's are better looking too IMO
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Do American diesels have DPFs? Big consideration when buying a modern diesel in Europe.

They will fail sooner or later depending on driving style and aren't cheap. A lot of people are just tearing the guts out and welding the housing back up.
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