Golf GTI vs GTD vs GTE Comparison - Lease Deals from Orangewheels

VW Golf GTI vs GTD vs GTE
Lease Comparison

Compare the monthly leasing costs, performance, price, CO2, tax and other benefits on the latest Mk8 Golf GTI, GTI Clubsport, GTD Diesel and GTE Hybrid models and save money on the latest deals.

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2.0 TDI 200 GTD 5dr DSG

Diesel · Hatchback · Automatic From £273 p/m inc VAT
Diesel Automatic Hatchback £32,830 From £273 p/m inc VAT

2.0 TSI GTI 5dr

Petrol · Hatchback · Manual From £329 p/m inc VAT
Petrol Manual Hatchback £33,485 From £329 p/m inc VAT

2.0 TSI GTI 5dr DSG

Petrol · Hatchback · Automatic From £345 p/m inc VAT
Petrol Automatic Hatchback £34,675 From £345 p/m inc VAT

1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG

Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid · Hatchback · Automatic From £357 p/m inc VAT
Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid Automatic Hatchback £36,020 From £357 p/m inc VAT

2.0 TSI 300 GTI Clubsport 5dr DSG

Petrol · Hatchback · Automatic From £367 p/m inc VAT
Petrol Automatic Hatchback £37,190 From £367 p/m inc VAT

Editorial view:

With the new Golf 8, Volkswagen has aligned the GT performance models even more closely than before, with performance and looks being so similar, so which is best for you? We've shown the monthly leasing prices above, you can click on any of the models to build you ideal specification choosing colour, interior and any options you'd like to add, then you can select the initial payment, mileage per year and timeframe to get the idea lease for you.

Golf GTI

The model that started it all, giving you an ideal blend of practicality and performance without sacrificing everyday usability, the Golf GTI is the consummate all-rounder. For the latest 8th generation model, the UK motoring press has commented that the GTI is a little firmer than previous iterations giving it a more sporting character which saps a little of its relaxed day to day usability, but its still at the more luxurious end of the category. It now has 245 horsepower as standard, giving it a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. It's the only model in the GT range to be offered with a manual gearbox, with the 7 speed DSG automatic also being offered for £1,200 extra, though this only adds around £10 a month to the leasing cost and it's well worth having to ease life in traffic. CO2 levels are 168g/km on the new WLTP test, so if you're a company car driver that works out to be a benefit in kind taxation of £2478 a year at the 20% rate or £4956 at 40% for the 2020/21 year, rising to £2547/£5093 a year for 20%/40% taxpayers for 2021/22 and 2022/23 using list prices at the time of writing before any options are added. fuel economy is quoted at 38.2 mpg on the WLTP cycle and from our experience 30-35 mpg is usual depending on how hard you drive.

Golf GTI Clubsport

In previous generations the Clubsport model and also the similar TCR spec were limited edition models sold in small numbers and their exclusivity and extra desirability over the standard GTI helped keep resale values high, whereas with the mk8 the Clubsport is now a standard model. It has some lovely extra styling additions to help it stand out with a revised front bumper and a lovely set of optional 19" allots (18" are standard). Power is increased from 245 bhp up to 296 bhp, very similar to the Golf R but with all of it routed through the front wheels, and with a shorter final drive gearbox ratio acceleration does feel keener, and front brakes also get an upgrade to the larger 357 mm discs and calipers seen on the Golf R. This improves 0-60 time by 0.7 seconds to just 5.6 sec, though you'll need a dry road to do this to avoid wheelspin. The ride height has been lowered by 10mm and a lot more negative camber making the steering feel sharper and more responsive, even though the front springs and dampers are unchanged, the rears are upgraded. The whole package feels a lot more involving than the standard car, and at a premium of £3755 over the standard car, the extra small amount a month on the leasing price makes this a bargain for those who enjoy driving. For company car drivers CO2 levels are 168g/km on the new WLTP test keeping it in the 36% band, which works out to be a benefit in kind taxation of £2637 a year at the 20% rate or £5273 at 40% for the 2020/21 year, rising to £2710/£5420 a year for 20%/40% taxpayers for 2021/22 and 2022/23 using list prices at the time of writing before any options are added. fuel economy is quoted at the same 38.2 mpg.

Golf GTD

A hugely popular car in previous generation models, the GTD was seen as a way to get all the style and performance of the GTI but in a more fuel-efficient package, this remains true, but GTD sales have suffered from the move away from diesel engines. It keeps the GTI styling with the red stripe replaced by a silver one, but otherwise is visually identical. Performance is a tad behind its petrol sibling with 200 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds, but you can feel the extra mid-range torque in general use helping the mid-range in gear acceleration. The GTD loses the manual options for the gearbox which is now a 7 speed DSG automatic only. The whole package isn’t quite as engaging or as dynamic feeling as the GTI, but it's nine-tenths there, and a more relaxed and flexible motorway cruiser. This combines with the improved fuel economy from the diesel engine with official figures of 54 mpg combined and we find 50 mpg is easily achievable, so for those doing higher mileages on the motorway this should be the one to go for on a personal lease, but there's a 'but' for company car drivers and it's down to the government policy on hybrids - despite the GTD model being the sensible choice for business users the improved benefit in kind taxation for hybrid models like the GTE which we will come to soon it can work out significantly cheaper in tax to go for the GTE despite it being significantly less fuel efficient on longer journeys, CO2 levels are 137 g/km on the new WLTP test keeping it in the 30% band, 6% lower than the petrol models, which works out to be a benefit in kind taxation of £1954 a year at the 20% rate or £3908 at 40% for the 2020/21 year, rising to £2019/£4039 a year for 20%/40% taxpayers for 2021/22 and 2022/23 using list prices at the time of writing before any options are added, so business users might prefer to look at the final entry on our list...

Golf GTE

Hybrids are the buzz-word when it comes to new cars, with manufacturers scrambling to launch every conceivable model with one, to plug the gap between conventional petrol cars and the emergence of fully electric models, which let's face it most of us aren't yet ready for, so a hybrid makes a compelling first step. The GTE is the second-generation hybrid in the Golf range with the previous model also using a similar set-up with a 1.4 litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor and a new larger 13kWh (compared to 9kWh of the old model) battery to give an identical combined output of 245 horsepower to the GTI model. With the same styling and power you'd think they would feel like identical cars, but there are some major differences - with that large battery the car weighs in a 1624 kg - 176 kg more than the GTI, which does take a slight edge off the handling, but it's still eight tenths as good. the battery is claimed to last up to 38 miles in electric-only mode, which equates to more like 30 miles in real life, though if it's pared outside on a chilly UK winter night then it could be more like 20 miles as batteries are very sensitive to temperature. 0-60 is 6.7 seconds which is only 0.4 sec slower than the GTI and it does feel sprightly off the line, but that electric assistance is only for speeds up to 80 mph so over that you're basically running with a 150 horsepower 1.4 engine, so high speed cruising and flexible overtaking can't match the GTI or the GTD models, and also as soon as you've used all the battery power you're also down to that at lower speeds too, so you've only got 245 horsepower for as long as the battery lasts. Where the GTE scores is for those doing short commutes of 10-15 miles a day and occasional longer runs, and for those who have the facility to plug in at home overnight to take advantage of cheap electricity - in those instances it could save you a lot of fuel. company car drivers also benefit massively from the current benefit in kind taxation rules - with the CO2 figure being quoted at just 26 g/km in the 6% band, meaning a total yearly bill of just £431 for a 20% taxpayer or £863 for a 40% taxpayer rising to £503/£1007 for 2022 and 2023, saving thousands in tax a year over any other model on this list, so for a company car driver the Golf GTE is a no-brainer!

Final Thoughts

For the personal lease, the standard Golf GTI will be more than enough for most, but with its firmer suspension compared to previous generations we would completely understand people upgrading to the Clubsport which is no less comfortable and there's very little compromise. Higher mileage private buyers doing 20k miles a year or more will be well-served by the GTD as on a lease there are no worries about having to sell it on, that's all the responsibility of the leasing company so if the monthly price looks good and you want diesel then go for it! The GTE is for either personal users who do short commutes and their lifestyle can accommodate the benefits of the plug-in battery on a daily basis and will be a great first step towards electric car use, or the business user who will save a fortune in company car tax. Which would we choose? Well there's not a bad car between them and different models would fit different lifestyles, but as personal leasers ourselves we'd ignore the lot and pay a few pounds more an opt for the 4 wheel drive Golf R...

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