Part of the problem with the GTE’s performance is the extra weight that continually hinders it.
In electric mode, there’s the mass of a temporarily redundant petrol engine to hobble your urban efficiency. Push on in petrol-only or petrol-electric mode and there’s that considerable lithium ion battery pack to hold you back.
Dynamically, there’s the lot, pushing down unmistakably harder on the springs than a standard Golf ever would and asking more of the tyres, dampers and anti-roll bars at every corner and crest.
For the most part, the GTE’s firm-by-nature sports suspension bears up well under the extra burden, feeling consistent and quiet-riding enough to suit the often hushed backdrop.
But the hybrid is plainly less effective at isolating you from sharp-edged obstacles than its stablemates (including the Golf R) are, and the resulting disruptions gently nibble away at the class-leading comfort levels usually delivered by other incarnations of the Mk7 Golf.