Volkswagen Golf GTE review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid
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Introduction

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The Golf has always been the classless car – all things to all people – which makes the Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid version what, exactly? All things to everyone and then some, perhaps, including those with an eye on the environment, running costs, performance or all three. 

The Golf GTE is still a car for the everyday as well as high days and holidays, but by adding a battery capable of supplying up to 40 miles of pure electric range (WLTP), alongside a peppy, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, in theory this is a car that’s fast, frugal and rather flavoursome when it comes to company car tax.

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 Audi A3 TFSIe, Mercedes A250e and Seat Leon eHybrid (and Cupra Leon eHybrid, which is the sportier alternative). And it would be remiss of us not to mention our 2021 Hybrid of the Year, the Skoda Octavia iV Estate.

So, does it 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 VW Golf GTE review, where we’ll compare and contrast it with its competitors. (We have a separate comprehensive review of the regular VW Golf)

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At a glance

Number of trims1 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? hybrid
MPG range across all versions256.8 - 256.8
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£461 / £2,913
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£922 / £5,827

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RRP price £36,010
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