Volkswagen Golf GTE review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Introduction

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It’s always been the classless car – all things to all men, and to all women, naturally, which makes the Volkswagen Golf GTE – the plug-in hybrid version of the regular Golf – what exactly? All things to everyone and then some – including those with an eye on the environment, running costs or both?

The Golf GTE is still a car for the every day as well as high days and holidays, but by adding a battery capable of supplying up to 32 miles of pure electric range (WLTP) that sits alongside a peppy, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the theory is: this is a car that’s fast, frugal and rather flavoursome when it comes to company car tax, too.

In fact, it could be the perfect compromise if you’re looking to move away from a traditional petrol- or diesel-powered family hatchback and into something electric but the potential range worries you might have with a fully electric car, like the Volkswagen ID.3, are holding you back.

The Volkswagen Golf GTE isn’t your only plug-in hybrid option, though. Indeed, these days the alternatives come in many shapes and sizes, from large SUVs, like the Ford Kuga PHEV, to executive cars, such as the Skoda Superb iV, both of which will cost cash buyers roughly the same outlay as the GTE. Meanwhile, the Golf GTE’s direct family car rivals include the Kia Xceed PHEV, Mercedes A250e and Seat Leon eHybrid (and Cupra Leon eHybrid, which is the sportier alternative).    

Does the Volkswagen Golf GTE have the green and greenback credentials to be the pick of the plug-in hybrids? Well, you know what you need to do to find out: keep on reading this review, where we’ll compare and contrast it with its competitors.

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At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel typeshybrid
MPG range across all versions256.8 - 256.8
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles

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RRP price £36,010
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