The VW Golf GTE is the first plug-in hybrid car from VW, and adds to the array of powertrain options in the Golf range, which includes a pure electric version as well as conventional petrol and diesel engines.
The GTE is powered by two sources: there's the familiar 148bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, combined with a battery-powered electric motor, all going through a six-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox. This alliance is good for 201bhp; by comparison the standard Golf GTI produces 217bhp and the diesel GTD has 181bhp.
The GTE can travel 31 miles on electric power alone, or up to 580 miles if you run the petrol tank dry, and will take 3.5 hours to charge on a three-pin plug, or 2.5 hours on a domestic wall box. Company car drivers should be more interested in the 39g/km CO2 emissions that will equate to seriously low tax bills.
As the name suggests, VW is billing the GTE as a hot hatch, and the 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds and 135mph top speed suggest fruity performance.
The GTE is available only as a five-door hatchback, and its styling is also heavily modelled on the GTI's, albeit with a mildly different front end, with C-shaped LED daytime running lights, blue details in place of the GTI's red accents and bespoke 18in alloy wheels as standard.