Volkswagen Golf GTE (2015 - present)

The green VW Golf GTE can run on electric power, but has a petrol engine for long-distance journeys

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Economical if used in electric mode
Well equipped
Comfortable and quiet

Weaknesses 

Electric motor reduces boot space
Short electric range of around 30 miles
Expensive
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You can buy a petrol or diesel VW Golf that can be refuelled in a couple of minutes and travel hundreds of miles before needed to stop again. But the fuel is expensive and the exhaust emissions toxic.

You can also buy an electric e-Golf. Charging up is cheap and there are no exhaust emissions. But it takes hours to recharge, and you’ll need to stop again after less than 100 miles.

Into the breach steps the VW Golf GTE. In theory, this plug-in hybrid car blends the best bits of both technologies. There’s an electric motor and battery for clean and cheap driving, alongside a backup petrol engine for long distance driving without the need to constantly recharge. This starts up automatically when the battery gets low.

It sounds like the ideal solution but comes at a cost: £34,000. That’s twice the price of the cheapest petrol Golf, although some VW Golf GTE deals can reduce that by you thousands of pounds.

However, the savings could be considerable - particularly if you are liable to company car tax, which is based on CO2 emissions. The Golf GTE has an average emissions figure of 39g/km CO2, which puts it in the cheapest tax bracket, and could save drivers hundreds of pounds a year. It also qualifies for a £2,500 government grant for the first owner and is exempt from car tax.
The fuel savings will add up too, if you make lots of short journeys and have the opportunity to charge up at each stop, plugging the car in using a socket in its grille. A full charge takes a little over two hours from a fast charger.

Charging is an important consideration because the Golf GTE’s battery only has enough capacity to power the car for around 30 miles.

The official fuel economy figure of 166mpg is fairly meaningless because it all depends on how you use your car. Like the similar Audi A3 e-tron and the plug-in hybrid Toyota Prius, the Golf GTE is less efficient if you make regular long journeys because you’re then mainly using the petrol engine and dragging round a heavy battery - in that case, the mpg figure would be little different from a conventional car, so you would be better off with an efficient petrol or diesel model.

The Golf GTE isn’t quite as smooth over bumps as the conventional Golf, but it’s still comfortable and quiet - especially when it’s running on electric power. If you push the accelerator hard, the electric motor and engine will both combine to deliver a rapid burst of power and fast acceleration.

Inside, the layout is identical to the rest of the Golf range, with a straightforward dashboard, solid feel and spacious interior, but the electric motor at the back reduces the capacity of the boot from a useful 380 litres to a tight 272 litres.

Most drivers won’t be able to justify the £34,000 price, but for those who can, it’s likely to prove the ideal electric car that you can fill up in minutes.

Last Updated 

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:30

Key facts 

Warranty: 
3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
272 litres
Width: 
1799mm
Length: 
4270mm
Height: 
1457mm
Tax: 
A (Free)

Volkswagen Golf History 

  • April 2015 The First VW Golf GTE cars arrive in Britain

Understanding Volkswagen Golf car names 

  • Golf
  • Trim
    Nav
  • Engine
    1.4 TSI 204PS
  • Gearbox
    DSG
  • Trim
    There are only two trim levels, GTE and GTE Nav, the latter of which is more expensive and adds extra equipment, including sat-nav
  • Engine
    The one engine available uses petrol, indicated by the initials TSI. Its size is shown in litres (1.4), along with the horsepower, which can also be written as PS.
  • Gearbox
    DSG indicates that the car has an automatic gearbox.

Volkswagen Golf Engines 

1.4 TSI with electric motor

There’s just one engine available in the Golf GTE, a plug-in hybrid powerplant that combines Volkswagen’s very good 1.4-litre petrol engine with a 102 horsepower electric motor. When you’re accelerating hard, both power units combine to generate 204 horsepower, allowing you to accelerate rapidly from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds.

Running solely on electric power, the Golf GTE has a range of 31 miles, although heavy acceleration and higher speeds will decrease this. You can choose to use the petrol engine for part of your journey and save the charge for when you’re in town, for example.

When drained, the battery can be charged in around 3.75 hours from a domestic socket, or 2.25 hours from a specialist fast charger. 

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.4 TSI 204 PS 6-speed DSG

Petrol/electric hybrid

166mpg

204hp

7.6sec

138mph

Volkswagen Golf Trims 

GTE, GTE Nav

The GTE has a similar level of equipment to the Volkswagen Golf GT trim level. This means that standard features include two-zone air conditioning that allows each front seat passenger to set a temperature for their side of the car, sports seats, front and rear parking sensors, DAB digital radio, a 5.8in dashboard touchscreen, wireless Bluetooth phone connection, 18in alloy wheels, bright LED headlights and adaptive cruise control that keeps the car a set distance from the one in front.

You can also download the Car-Net remote app to your smartphone, which enables you to start and stop the car charging remotely, as well as heat or cool it before you get in

The Nav trim adds, as the name suggests, sat-nav, controlled from a larger 8in dashboard screen, a 64GB hard drive for music and Car-Net App-Connect, which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, which replicates your phone’s screen on the car’s dashboard.

Optional extras include the likes of leather upholstery, full-length sunroof, a rear view camera and self-parking function.

Volkswagen Golf Reliability and warranty 

The petrol and diesel versions of the VW Golf are well regarded by owners and the car was ranked a high 27th out of 150 in this year’s Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. It was less impressive when scored only on reliability, where it finished 105th.

The battery in the car is covered for any manufacturing or material defects up to eight years or 99,000 miles - whichever comes first. The rest of the car has a standard three years or 60,000 miles of cover.

Used Volkswagen Golf 

Many of the cars available second-hand have low mileages, because the Golf GTE makes most sense for drivers who mostly cover less than 30 miles at a time. Afrter a year, you’re likely to pay around £10,000 less than the list price. 

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Volkswagen Golf Prices

Volkswagen Golf GT

1.5 tsi evo 150 gt 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,091

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1.5 tsi evo 150 gt 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,667

You could save up to: £4003

1.5 tsi evo 150 gt 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,913

You could save up to: £4172

1.5 tsi evo gt 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,673

You could save up to: £3867

1.5 tsi evo gt 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,249

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1.5 tsi evo gt 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 57.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,495

You could save up to: £4115

1.6 tdi gt 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £19,530

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1.6 tdi gt 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,106

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1.6 tdi gt 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,351

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2.0 tdi gt 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,782

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2.0 tdi gt 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,358

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2.0 tdi gt 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,603

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Volkswagen Golf GTI

2.0 tsi gti 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,007

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2.0 tsi gti 3dr dsg

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,253

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2.0 tsi gti 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,584

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2.0 tsi gti 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,829

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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance

2.0 tsi 245 gti performance 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 43.5mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,297

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2.0 tsi 245 gti performance 3dr dsg

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,326

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2.0 tsi 245 gti performance 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,873

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2.0 tsi 245 gti performance 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,903

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Volkswagen Golf R

2.0 tsi 310 r 3dr 4motion dsg

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,130

You could save up to: £5110

2.0 tsi 310 r 5dr 4motion

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 37.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £28,519

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2.0 tsi 310 r 5dr 4motion dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 40.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,706

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Volkswagen Golf R-Line

1.5 tsi evo 150 r-line 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,967

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1.5 tsi evo 150 r-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 55.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,543

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1.5 tsi evo 150 r-line 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £22,788

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2.0 tdi r-line 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £21,657

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2.0 tdi r-line 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,234

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2.0 tdi r-line 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £23,479

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Volkswagen Golf S

1.0 tsi s 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,090

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1.0 tsi s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,667

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1.6 tdi s 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,978

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1.6 tdi s 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,554

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Volkswagen Golf SE

1.0 tsi 110 se 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,217

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1.0 tsi 110 se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,793

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1.0 tsi 110 se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,038

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1.0 tsi 110 se [nav] 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £16,877

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1.0 tsi 110 se [nav] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,453

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1.0 tsi 110 se [nav] 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 60.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £18,698

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1.5 tsi evo se 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,378

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1.5 tsi evo se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

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1.5 tsi evo se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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1.5 tsi evo se [nav] 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

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1.5 tsi evo se [nav] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears manual

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1.5 tsi evo se [nav] 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

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1.6 tdi se 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £17,638

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1.6 tdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

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1.6 tdi se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £19,459

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1.6 tdi se [nav] 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

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1.6 tdi se [nav] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 68.9mpg
  • Gears manual

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1.6 tdi se [nav] 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 72.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

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2.0 tdi se 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £18,870

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2.0 tdi se 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

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2.0 tdi se 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

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2.0 tdi se [nav] 3dr

  • Doors 3
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

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2.0 tdi se [nav] 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £20,106

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2.0 tdi se [nav] 5dr dsg

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £21,371

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