Volkswagen Golf GTE review

Category: Hybrid car

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 front right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 rear right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 charging socket detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 front right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 rear right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 charging socket detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 headlight detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior driver display
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior front seats
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 interior detail
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Golf GTE isn’t cheap, costing about the same (as a cash buy) as a Cupra Leon eHybrid, which shares its engine, motor and battery. You can buy a bigger Skoda Superb iV plug-in for around the same money, or spend less on an Audi A3 TFSIe, Mercedes A250e, Seat Leon eHybrid or the Skoda Octavia iV.

The Golf GTE has less rampant depreciation than the Kia Xceed PHEV, but the A3 TFSIe and A250e will have retained even more of its list price than the GTE after three years. That makes the Golf pricier on a PCP, but not by a vast amount.

Overview

It isn't quite as nice to drive as a regular Golf, but the VW Golf GTE is still quick, quiet and comfortable. Its 40-mile electric range could reduce running costs for private buyers and company car tax breaks make it seriously worth considering as an option to petrol or diesel. There are bigger plug-in hybrids for the money, though, like the Skoda Superb iV, or cheaper alternatives, such as the Mercedes A250e, Audi A3 TFSIe and the excellent Octavia iV.

  • Exceptionally low BIK tax rate
  • Good performance for a family car
  • Comfortable ride with adaptive dampers
  • Not as practical as a regular Golf or some other plug-in hybrids
  • More expensive cash buy than equivalent plug-in family cars
  • Struggles to put its power down, especially in the wet
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