We have caught wind of three oil-burning hot hatches on sale in Europe that the droves of old Polo TDI owners countrywide would salivate over.
|VW Golf GTD|
|As its name suggests, this is basically a diesel version of the GTI and with 133kW/380Nm it certainly has the figures to back up that badge with 0-100 km/h in around 7.5 seconds. Add this to the fact that it rides on the ubiquitous MQB platform, uses 4.2 litres/100km, is lower and stiffer than a regular TDI and features the XDS traction control and you have yourself a nice recipe for fun and frugality.|
|Ford Focus ST diesel|
|Yes, they make these overseas, much like its petrol sibling, the diesel Focus ST uses a 2.0-litre turbo four, although this one is more on the gruff side and produces 135kW/400Nm. That makes its good for a 0-100km/h dash of 8.1 seconds while sipping 4.4 litres/100km and emitting 114g/km of CO2.The diesel ST gets all-new front springs, new shock absorbers front and rear, quicker variable-ratio steering, and revised traction control and torque vectoring software.|
|The 125d is the most powerful car of the three and is also rear-wheel drive, giving it the traction advantage. Its 158Kw/450Nm 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine takes it to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds and can specified with the slick eight-speed automatic gearbox which also helps it achieve claimed fuel returns of 4.8 litres/100km. There is also the option of sports suspension which lowers the car by 10mmand improves its dynamics.|