Good news for the UK, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTE enters the British market with a ~10% newly lowered starting price - continuing the ~7 year trend we have seen of plug-in vehicles getting more and more inexpensive to own.

The entry level trim of the GTE now starts at £30,635 ($38,430), which is £3,420 ($4,290) less than the outgoing generation.

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

We aren't exactly sure why Volkswagen didn't take the opportunity to upgrade the battery from the original 8.7 kWh, but putting the Golf GTE on the company's new MkVII Golf platform adds some additional features.

We also must admit that Atlantic Blue Golf GTE looks pretty nice.

Quick spec:

  • 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

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Press blast:

UPDATED GOLF GTE DRIVES HYBRID VALUE

  • Updated Golf GTE now available to order from UK Retailers
  • Price reduced by £3,420 (RRP) versus outgoing
  • GTENew technology such as Active Info Display as standard

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Milton Keynes, 31 March 2017 – The updated Volkswagen Golf GTE is open for order in the UK with a significant price realignment, two trim levels and a raft of new technologies on board.

Driving even greater value for money into a growing area of the UK market, the petrol-electric hybrid Golf GTE offers a compelling mix of engaging GTI-style dynamics, responsible e-Golf-style sustainability and generous GTD-style range.

The updated Golf GTE is now available with a choice of two new trim levels. The entry-level Golf GTE is joined by the new GTE Advance in a range line-up that now mirrors that of the award-winning Passat GTE.

The hybrid powered five-door Golf, with both a 150 PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 102 PS (75Kw) electric motor for a system power output of 204 PS, unites economy and performance in a flexible and appealing package.

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

The total potential range of the Golf GTE is 514 miles and the GTE’s battery gives an all-electric range of 31 miles. This opens up the possibility of driving significant distances cross-country using the TSI petrol engine and then completing the journey into a town or city under zero emission full electric power.

Official performance figures for the 204 PS Golf GTE show it capable of covering the 0-62 mph sprint in 7.6 seconds with a top speed, where legal, of 138 mph. CO2 emissions are 38g/km for the GTE and 40g/km for the GTE Advance, while combined fuel economy is 166 mpg for the GTE and 157 mpg for the GTE Advance.

Sitting alongside the range of the Golf GTE is its ability to offer high performance driving when required. A press of the centre console-mounted GTE button combines spirited acceleration that comes via the instant torque of the electric motor working alongside the broad power of the turbocharged petrol engine.

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Both the updated Golf GTE and Golf GTE Advance are equipped with a host of premium features such as full LED front and rear lights with sweeping indicators, Active Info Display, and Volkswagen Car-Net App Connect functionality.

The GTE Advance adds further luxuries such as 18-inch Marseille alloys, the updated Discover Navigation system, a Winter Pack including heated seats, 65 per cent tinted windows, a front centre armrest and exterior e-sound.

The GTE offers four operating modes: ‘E-Mode’, ‘GTE mode’, ‘Battery Charge’ and ‘Hybrid. In pure electric mode (activated at the press of a button), the Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles emissions free. Electric power can also be saved – for example when driving to a zero-emissions zone. In electric mode, the GTE is capable of speeds of up to 81 mph.

The 8.7 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in 3.45 hours from a domestic mains outlet, or 2.15 hours from a domestic wallbox. The battery weighs 120 kg, giving a kerbweight of 1,615 kg.

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

Volkswagen Golf GTE Advance five-door hatch – Atlantic Blue (plug-in hybrid)

The GTE also has an e-manager which allows the driver to preset vehicle charging, as well as interior cooling or heating. These functions can be operated remotely using the Car-Net app on a smartphone.

A full range of assistance and infotainment systems is also making its way into the Golf GTE. Thus the Volkswagen is available for the first time with Traffic Jam Assist (semi-autonomous driving up to 37 mph), the fully digital Active Info Display and the optional Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system including 9.2-inch display and gesture control.

Director of Volkswagen in the UK, Alison Jones, said: “The new Golf GTE – with its revised pricing and significantly enhanced appeal – perfectly represents Volkswagen’s ongoing commitment to offering accessible hybrid technology in an attractive and usable package.

“The updated Golf GTE, sitting alongside the rest of the 113-model updated Golf range, is more than ever a genuine alternative for everyday driving and we are looking forward to seeing more private buyers, and fleet users, take the opportunity to explore its capabilities on UK roads.”

For more details on all the cars in Volkswagen’s updated Golf range, together with brochures and pricing and to use Volkswagen’s online configurator, please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk.

Updated Volkswagen Golf GTE and GTE Advance
Model Engine Gearbox Doors Power CO₂ (g/km) OTR RRP (exc PICG1)
Golf GTE 1.4 TSI and 75Kw electric DSG 5 204 38 £30,635.00
Golf GTE Advance 1.4 TSI and 75 Kw electric DSG 5 204 40 £32,135.00

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* Fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions are standard EU test figures for comparative purposes, and may not reflect ‘real world’ driving results. CO₂ emissions shown refer to standard specification only.

1 The Plug-In Car Grant (PICG), offered by the UK Government’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV), covers 35% of the cost of a car, up to a maximum of either £2,500 or £4,500 depending on the model. The ‘cost’ is the full purchase price for the basic vehicle - including number plates, vehicle excise duty and VAT. It doesn’t include delivery charges, the first registration fee or any optional extras.