Sporting 201bhp plug-in hybrid variant of the Golf to go on sale in August, prices expected to start at £28k
5 March 2014

Volkswagen’s petrol-electric plug-in hybrid Golf will take a new GTE model nomenclature into production.

Revealed at the Geneva motor show, the Golf GTE is the second dedicated petrol-electric plug-in hybrid model from the German car maker, following on from the limited volume XL1 launched in 2013.

The GTE tag has been chosen to reflect what Volkswagen describes as the sporting qualities of the new five-door hatchback, which has been styled in a similar fashion to the existing Golf GTI and GTD.

Power comes from a transversely mounted 1.4-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine and synchronous electric motor sited within the gearbox housing. The combustion engine develops 148bhp, with the electric motor delivering 101bhp. Together they provide the Golf GTE with a combined 201bhp, along with 258lb ft of torque.

Read our full review on the petrol hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE

By comparison, the Golf GTI’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine kicks out 217bhp and the same 258lb ft in standard guise.

But while the Golf GTI tips the scales at 1351kg, the Golf GTE is fitted with a 200kg lithium ion battery boasting a capacity of 8.8kWh, taking its kerb weight to 1524kg.

Drive is channelled through a six-speed gearbox that comprises three individual clutches connected to the front wheels. Volkswagen claims a 0-62mph time of 7.6sec and 135mph top speed in hybrid mode.

The driver can alternatively choose to run in e-mode via a switch on the centre console, in which the advanced new Golf is propelled exclusively by the electric motor for a claimed zero-emission range of 31 miles at speeds up to 81mph.

Based on the European test procedure, the Golf GTE is claimed to boast combined consumption of 188.3mpg. However, the figure is largely theoretical having been achieved on electric propulsion alone.

Initially unveiled in prototype form at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, it receives a unique front bumper featuring LED positioning lamps, similar in appearance to those used by the XL1 and standard LED headlamps.

The remainder mirrors the appearance of the Golf GTI. But instead of red accents, the Golf GTE boasts blue tones in the form of a continuous horizontal line running through each headlamp and lower blade of the grille, as well as similarly toned GTE badges within the front flanks.

Further differentiation from standard Golf models includes widened sills, a spoiler atop the rear tailgate, darkened tail lamp lenses and standard 16inch wheels in a unique design.

The interior styling of Golf GTE also leans heavily on the Golf GTI, but with blue highlights instead of the more familiar red shades. Standard equipment includes a 6.5inch touchscreen monitor.

This display houses a range of unique functions, including range monitor, zero emission statistic data and so-called e-manager – the latter allowing vehicle information, including state of charge, to be remotely accessed via a smartphone app that will be made available to customers.

Volkswagen's Golf GTE is planned to go on sale in the UK in late August, with first deliveries expected in December. Official pricing has not yet been announced, but it's expected that the GTE will fit between the current £26,125 Golf GTI and the £29,900 Golf R, meaning a price of around £28,000 is likely. That's including the government's £5000 grant for electric vehicles.

Without the grant, expected prices for the GTE will start at around £33,000.

Read our VW Golf GTE prototype first drive here

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20 February 2014
This will be a very popular CoCar, with tax at only 5%. I cant see too many people spending their own money on it.

20 February 2014
A Golf 1.4 TSI is £18k. and 1150kgs.
Tuned to 150bhp it would match the power to weight of the GTE.
So you have a car of the same sportiness costing £10k cheaper than the hybrid.
There is no way you could make the saving in better mpg, real world driving.
Conclusion the car is for wealthy early adopters and trend setters.

21 February 2014
Turismo wrote:

Conclusion the car is for wealthy early adopters and trend setters.

As the first poster said, this is for company car users. At 5% BIK it's going on my list.

About the same level of BIK as a £12k Up!

It's bang on the same price as the Prius Plug-In. Bargainous.

21 February 2014
Didn't know the new list price for a 5 door Golf 1.4 TSI is £18k with 150bhp . Oh well you learn something every day

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

21 February 2014
xxxx wrote:

Didn't know the new list price for a 5 door Golf 1.4 TSI is £18k with 150bhp . Oh well you learn something every day

It's 120bhp but a remap to 150bhp would cost around £200.

21 February 2014
Have have one in there model line up, haven't they...?

Peter Cavellini.

21 February 2014
but nice with the blue accents (smashing with silver paint job?) but could do without the tartan upholstery - no offense to Scots or Irish. Hard to justify the outlay (at this time) just for that?

21 February 2014
Of course, it's the same as an Audi A3 e-tron

Time for the Skoda and SEAT versions in a year or so...

21 February 2014
I think rather than spend 28k on a Golf in an organic cotton cocktail dress, I'd rather opt for a BMW 320d, currently going brand new for 24k from a long established reputable internet broker. The saved 4k would cover fuel consumption differential. Golf or 3 Series? 3 Series or Golf? Not difficult a difficult decision for private ownership is it? BIK % argument carries some weight though re company car scenario.

21 February 2014
Racotau wrote:

I think rather than spend 28k on a Golf in an organic cotton cocktail dress, I'd rather opt for a BMW 320d, currently going brand new for 24k from a long established reputable internet broker. The saved 4k would cover fuel consumption differential. Golf or 3 Series? 3 Series or Golf? Not difficult a difficult decision for private ownership is it? BIK % argument carries some weight though re company car scenario.

Except the 3 series is a plasticy mess that doesnt actually have that much more room than a Golf. Canal Barge Diesel Power or state of the art electro-petrol? state of the art electro-petrol or Canal Barge Diesel?

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