The underdog is here: VW Golf 8 GTD
GTI performance with diesel mileage
I've always maintained that high-performance diesel cars can be more enjoyable in the real world than the equivalent petrol version. I once used a Mini Cooper SD as a daily driver for a while and I was flabbergasted. It was mega-fast while also being cheap to run because of the range I managed to get out of it. It's the same story with the Golf GTD.
Diesel is cheaper than petrol in several European countries (that's gonna change in the next few years, I'm afraid), which means that if you buy a GTD now, depending on where you live, you're going to get the same level of performance you'd get from the GTI or the GTE for less money. The main problem is this only applies in certain countries depending on fuel taxes and the current charging infrastructure. If you live in Italy or Spain, for example, a GTD probably makes more sense than a GTI. If you live in Switzerland or Germany, maybe it doesn't. But I digress.
Anyway, the GTD packs 200 hp and 295 torques, which means you get a top speed of 245 kph (152 mph) and a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds. RRP is around €40k. Some people are going to say diesel cars sound bad, and that's true, but then again at least there's sound to speak of, as opposed to electric cars' silent hiss, and manufacturers have generally done a great job in that sense because a modern diesel sounds a million times better than a diesel car from 10-15 years ago.
What say you, does the GTD make more sense than the GTI in your country or is it the other way around? Feel free to share in the comments.