19th Dec 2005, 17:48


I have owned a VW golf gt TDI 130 and 150bhp for over a year, may I just point out that these are the two best average priced cars, you couldn't ask for anything more performance wise, looks and drive-ability and surely cannot be compared to a 6yr old Peugeot 306 d turbo.

22nd Dec 2005, 08:28

My comments on the 306 comparison stand. The Pug has a far more entertaining chassis, and although it can't match the Golf's "pull from idle" punch, the gap in outright go isn't as big as the 40 bhp discrepancy would suggest. In terms of factory 0-60 times, there is about a second separating the two cars.

I'm not suggesting the Golf isn't a better all round car - of course it is. However, I could never get over the fact that the poor reliability when factored against the purchase cost left me feeling ripped off. That's never a good situation to be in when you own a car.

I won't make the same mistake twice.

4th Jul 2006, 12:39

Ha Ha, one second difference between the 306 and the Golf. I believe in the books the 306 is 13.3 seconds 0-60 and the Golf is 9.3 0-60. Correct me if I am wrong, but the Golf wins hands down.

6th Jul 2006, 06:29

The figures I read (can't remember where) were 11.1 for the Peugeot and 9.8 for the Golf. 1.3 seconds then. Not much for a decade's "progress" and another 40 bhp.

The Peugeot is way quicker than 13.1 - believe me.

I never argued anyway that the Golf wasn't the faster car. My gripes were more around quality and reliability, plus the SMALL increase in performance for all the extra BHP.

Anyway, the Focus is better than both of them. Haven't looked back.

30th Jan 2008, 02:53

At least rely on published figures rather than hearsay:

Golf GT TDI PD 130 0-60: 9.3

Peugeot 306 D Turbo 0-60: 13.3

Peugeot 306 D Turbo (Later HDI engine) 0-60: 12.4.

These are all published by Parkers and verified by What Car.

Up to you how they are interpreted. I agree the feel of the car is far better in the Pug as I had a D Turbo and now have a GT TDI, but the Golf is faster if you can keep it on the road.

9th Mar 2008, 11:44

I drive a 1.4 gs corolla 2000. I have done 24,000 mile last year! I want to get away from the petrol cars. what is the general thought on the golf GT TDI or just the TDI.

15th Apr 2008, 11:37

Hi my 130 TDI golf has covered 215000 miles now and has only ever had routine servicing. So the reliability is pretty good and I would recommend to anyone. I wouldn't go near a peugeot and the ford tdi is supposed to have quite a few reliability issues.

22nd Apr 2008, 04:52

215,000 miles on routine servicing only? You want to get that in the Guinness Book of Records.

25th Jun 2009, 15:07

I have an 02 GT 130 TDi. The best mpg I had was following a works van along A roads to cCrdiff, the journey was exactly 60 miles.. The computer gave me an average MPG as 60 for that trip..

I have also had an awesome top speed of over 140 MPH.

It has so far clocked 118,000 miles and has had absolutely no problems what-so-ever in the car's history.

The 6th gear is great for slow moving traffic, as the 6th gear will give you a great 29-33 mph on tickover, against the 25-27 mph in 5th gear, and it also allows the engine to rev slower at high speeds.. as the 6th gear is still faster than 5th.

The only problem I see in it is the fact that on motorways, you get a better MPG at 85 mph than you do at 70.

15th Jan 2011, 09:07

The fuel computers in Golfs lie badly. My 02 GT TDI 130 regularly shows 10% optimistic.