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.
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.