2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD (5 door) 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Fast, economic high spec hatch which does everything you need it to do
Rear door speaker seals leaking water into cabin (both sides).
Rear tailgate leaking water into rear hatch.
Notchy gearbox (observation).
Be wary of oil consumption - some use more than others, but should be checked every 1000 miles or so.
You hear some stories regarding these cars, but there is a pattern with familiar items. For instance the silica bag in the expansion tank will fail at some point unless it's removed or it will end up ruining your heater matrix.
The tailgate water leak is to do with a pipe and gromit missing or weakened which runs from the hatch lock down to the central tailgate edge. The part is quite cheap from dealer network, but really shouldn't occur to begin with.
The rear speakers are a PITA because first you have to remove the door trim, and then you realise the speakers are riveted into place and they need to be replaced to resolve the leak into the cabin which collects around the bottom door seal... I think this should have been a recall, but that's not happened either. The issue is the design of the inner door skin, and the water drips down either the NSR or OSR (depending on the parking angle of the vehicle). New stock speakers will therefore only delay the problem until they fail again.
The notchy feel from the gearbox seems worse when the engine is colder, and only in the first 3 gears does it really seem to be affected. I believe this is a characteristic rather than a problem, but it does niggle me.
The engine is very responsive in Sport mode and decent economy is only achievable if you're not stuck in stop-start traffic, so on long journeys you can achieve over 60 MPG if you're reasonably careful. It's just the little things that let it down, that's all. Looks sensational though and it makes me smile. Do not park near a kerb though; those diamond cut alloys are just a nuisance to keep in one piece, but they look nice.
I have focused on the negatives as that is what sticks in your mind when you think about it. It's still a great car despite its faults.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th September, 2019