Updated Volkswagen Golf GTE Now Better Than Ever, Young Professionals Wanted
The latest iteration of the Volkswagen Golf GTE has been reviewed by Autocar in UK, and was considered to be a much better value proposition than before.
In fact, the price was decreased quite significantly, while the equipment was upgraded for its mid-life refresh.
After the test drive, several opinions on the new GTE were offered:
- in all-electric mode there is plenty of power and smooth acceleration
- has 18 to 25 miles of “real-world” all-electric range (via a 8.7 kWh battery)
- in GTE mode (with ICE on) the performance is at its highest, but there is still some delay of acceleration as compared to instant response in E-mode
- on quicker roads, it’s better to drive in manual mode, as the six-speed DSG transmission can be hesitant
- sound of the ICE could be better in GTE mode (so we really don’t care for this point at InsideEvs)
- it’s realtively heavy Golf, and you can feel it
- ride and handling isn’t on par with Golf GTI
“…given the transcendent position the go-faster Golf has long maintained – leaving its more thuggish competitors behind and defining itself as much as a classy, aspirational choice for young professionals as it is a pure performance car – it’s easy to see where the Golf GTE’s following would come from.
The car’s combination of a medium-hot driving experience with a desirable badge and a bargain benefit-in-kind company car tax liability should keep buyers rolling up for the foreseeable. And the fact that this remains one of the best-executed affordable PHEVs of any sort, that benefits from all of the Golf’s acknowledged strengths, makes its popularity well-earned.”
- 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine (110 kW/150 PS), a 75 kW/102 PS electric motor and a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox developed specifically for hybrid models. System power output of 204 PS
- up to 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode (NEDC), with its total range being around 827 km (514 miles)
- 8.7 kWh lithium-ion
- Charging time: AC 2.3 kW 100% SOC in 3.45 h or AC 3.6 kW 100% SOC in 2.15 h
- Acceleration 0-80 km/h (50 mph) in 4.9 seconds / 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds
- Top speed 222 km/h (138 mph)
- Fuel consumption in Combined cycle 1.8 – 1.6 l/100km and 12 – 11.4 kWh/100km
- Kerb weight (EU, incl. 75 kg driver) 1,615 kg