Despite it being one of the GTE’s best features, we won’t dwell too long on the cabin – mainly because Volkswagen hasn’t either. This is deliberate.

‘The future is familiar’ – one of the firm’s e-mobility tag lines – means that you should have trouble distinguishing an electric or plug-in hybrid Golf from any other.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
I complained about the Audi A3 e-tron only having one EV mode button, but the GTE's two made me no happier. Now there are too many features that need searching for on the infotainment screen

That rings true in the GTE, where, aside from some buttons on the centre console and marginally less boot capacity due to the slightly raised floor, there is really nothing materially different about the hybrid.

That, of course, is a good thing, because practically, ergonomically and perceptibly, the Mk7 Golf is about as good as mainstream hatches get.

The GTE’s only noticeable enhancements are limited to trim-level tinsel; like the exterior, it gets a variation on the GTI theme, with blue highlights again replacing the red in the stitching and the tartan stripe on the sports seats.

It comes with an appropriate amount of kit for its price  - with the GTE getting all the standard equipment found on a GT trimmed Golf, while also getting dual-zone climate control, e-remote mobile service subscription, efficient driving software, unique 17in alloy wheels and numerous sporty touches. While paying a bit more gets you the GTE Advance with its sat nav, heated front seats, rear tinted windows, 18in wheels and an exterior sound generator designed to let the public know you are there when the car is in electric mode. 

Other niggles? Well, the revised instrument cluster eschews the handy battery meter sported by the A3 e-tron, but otherwise, like all Golfs, this is a nice place in which to spend any amount of time.

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