Lingering circumspection about demand for used plug-in hybrids dampens the GTE’s appeal.
CAP has set residual value estimates quite low, and that inevitably feeds into contract hire rates for business users.
The upshot is that while the GTE might save you up to £250 per month on company car tax compared with a range-topping Passat 2.0 TDI GT, you might only benefit from half of that as a result of a higher monthly lease.
Still, it should make the car appeal to a sizeable chunk of business customers, while perhaps dissuading private buyers who could otherwise better protect their money with an equivalently priced premium car.
Entry-level kit is good, not great. You get two charging cables (neither will do DC rapid charging because the car isn’t capable of it), adaptive cruise, three-zone climate control and Discover Navigation, while Advance trim includes leather, upgraded infotainment, adaptive LED headlights and adaptive TFT instruments. We expect plenty to go for the full-house version and it’s the one we would choose.
Real-world economy will depend on how you use the car and how often it’s charged.
On a 50-mile commute, started with a full charge and taking in A and B-roads, towns and motorway, the trip claimed 79.2mpg.
Over long distances on petrol power alone, you might see 30-40mpg, depending on driving style.