Hmm, that's strange, i've never seen ANY diesel badged as a GTI! [:O]In the UK, ALL 150PDs are badged GTI (red I), that was VW UKs choice over the all red TDI. To be fair, the TDI in terms of performance is more worth of the GTI badge than the 150 petrol.... the 150 1.8T should have merely been badged a GT or something similar, with the GTI badging saved for the 180 1.8T.
I was taken for a quick spin in a Cupra R at the weekend by a Revo dealer, and boy was i impressed! It was a 285bhp monster and was an absolutely fantastic handling car, even in stock form doing 50mph round a roundabout! [:|]I suppose its a bit of an unfair comparison with my GTI, as ive sorta changed brand, but im totally happy with my Cupra. The extra 30ish bhp doesnt sound like a great deal, but it transforms the engine totally... the suspension is much much better, it has the 312mm brakes, and as a package is much better than the outgoing GTI i feel.
Sorry mate, but thats the sort of reply that makes you sound ignorant[:S]Hmm, that's strange, i've never seen ANY diesel badged as a GTI! [:O]In the UK, ALL 150PDs are badged GTI (red I), that was VW UKs choice over the all red TDI. To be fair, the TDI in terms of performance is more worth of the GTI badge than the 150 petrol.... the 150 1.8T should have merely been badged a GT or something similar, with the GTI badging saved for the 180 1.8T.
Secondly, i disagree with the next statement about diesels being more worthy of a GTI badge THAN a GTI! [:|] How can anyone consider a diesel to be better performing than a petrol, now okay they have more torque (which is a big plus i suppose) and as far as diesels go, they have come along way from the black smoky things they used to be and not that far behind petrol cars in terms of performance, but petrol will always be the better performer. Period!
But still, i'd sooner stick with my good ol' 1.8T than ANY diesel you could ever offer me! You say you only lasted 10 months with yours because it was a bad all rounder, yet i haven't had ONE single problem go wrong with mine yet (touch wood) since i've had it! [H]
Finally, i think it's unfair to say that the 1.8T 150bhp should only be badged as a GT. Ok the 180 is superior to it, but that doesn't make the 150 inferior does it?
Still, like you i'm only voicing MY opinion, and i hope it doesn't cause offence! 
Yea I've read that, made me chuckle, I was gone post it on here but foregot[:$]I was reading Car magazine and in a letters page in the back someone wanted to buy a 150 TDi but were confused about the badging. Their reply was incorrect, even the journalists are confused!!
You are indeed right, i have never been in a diesel MK4 and i apologise for sounding ignorant aswell! [:$]Sorry mate, but thats the sort of reply that makes you sound ignorant[:S]
Opinions are of course what the forum is all about and it would be crap if we all agreed but to say petrol is the best performer period and that no diesel can be better performing than a petrol makes it glaringly obvious that you have never been in a PD150, or indeed a 130.
Some people don't like the power delivery of a diesel and so would never have one, but if even Chris can admit that a 150PD is better performing than his old 1.8T then there must be something in it!
Oh, and yes, as Chris says, the 150PD IS a GTI (not a GT TDI), I've got the brochure to prove it. And how do you know all the cars you've seen badged as GTI have been petrol?
Next time you see one, check if it has a 4-mo style front valance. If it does it's an oil burner.