The engine replaces the 115bhp units previously used and produces 9% more torque. Six-speed manual versions of both the Golf and Bora qualify for the minimum VED rate for diesels (£110). With carbon dioxide emissions of 146g/km for the Golf hatchback and 149g/km for the estate and the Bora, both cars will keep their drivers in the minimum company car tax band for diesels (18%) for the first three years of the new system to be introduced next April.
While the new Golf TDI in both three- and five-door versions is available in manual-only GT trim, the Golf estate and Bora are also available with five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmissions, with CO2 ratings of 181g/km and 178g/km respectively. Manual versions should exceed 50mpg combined, while Tiptronics are expected to return 42.8mpg.