The Golf GTD is virtually identical to the GTI from the outside, coming as standard with smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination, LED daytime running lights, chrome dual tailpipes, 18-inch 'Nogaro' alloy wheels with 225/40 tyres, side skirts, a rear diffuser, sports suspension and a large roof spoiler.
As for the changes made to this revised model, the first thing you'll notice is probably its slightly sleeker front end. There are full-LED headlamps and the air intakes at either corner of the front bumper have been restyled too. The jewel-like LED tail lamps have been revised too, with smart animated flowing indicators. Otherwise, things are much as before - which means that there's a choice between three or five-door hatch bodystyles or an estate, all of which sit on the Volkswagen Group's light, stiff and very sophisticated MQB chassis.
There's no doubt that this is a seriously good looking car these days. Some of the detailing is quite exquisite, especially inside where the flat-bottomed steering wheel is a delight, with a circular hub and a deep dish with audio, telephone and cruise control buttons mounted on two of its three spokes.
The boot measures a hefty 380-litres, is well shaped and features a low loading height. That's the same as you can expect from all Golf hatchbacks, even though this one has the more sophisticated multilink rear suspension that its cheaper stablemates lack. If you need more space, then there's also an estate version with a vast 605-litre boot.