Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
hybrid
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £36,010What Car? Target Price£35,304
Review

There’s no doubt that the VW Golf is still a highly recommendable option in the family car class, thanks in part to its solid blend of ride and handling and the frugality promised by its petrol engines, especially the 1.5 TSI 150. But there are cheaper rivals that are more spacious inside and better to drive, such as the Ford Focus and Seat Leon, and premium rivals with better infotainment systems and higher-grade interiors, like the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A Class.

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The Golf GTE comes with 17in alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, three-zone climate control, sports front seats, a heated steering wheel, power-folding door mirrors, privacy glass and keyless entry and start. On top of that there are front and rear parking sensors, Matrix LED headlights, a 10.0in infotainment screen, sat-nav, wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto smartphone mirroring.

242bhp from the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and electric motor combined give a 0-62mph time of 6.7sec, which makes it feel perky but it’s only when you literally stamp the pedal to the floor that you get a full dose of forward thrust. The official (WLTP) 40 miles of electric-only range is one of the higher numbers in the class, although a Mercedes A250e goes even further on a charge.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH6.7 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol/Plug-In Elec Hybrid
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

256.8

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

752

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

26

g/km

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