As the name suggests this newest member of the Golf line-up is powered by a frugal 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine which, when mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, can achieve a combined fuel economy figure as low as 4.9L/100km.
The new 77TDI shares the same technology as its 2.0-litre diesel (103TDI) sibling with 16-valves and common rail fuel injection. Peak power (77kW) is produced at 4400rpm, while maximum torque of 250Nm is delivered between 1500-2500rpm.
Fitted with a standard DPF (diesel particulate filter) to reduce particulate emissions, this new engine is not only one of the most efficient but also one of the cleanest diesels available.
Two transmissions are on offer, a five-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG (automatic).
As the entry-level diesel the Golf 77TDI starts at $28,690* for the five-speed manual, while the 7-speed DSG variant is priced from $31,190*.
* Prices are manufacturer list prices only, for the drive away price please contact your local authorised Volkswagen dealer.