A new Volkswagen Golf GTE was recently test driven by the Fully Charged's Jonny Smith, who really seemed to enjoy the experience, calling it "dialed in" and a "driver's car".  Against its peers, Smith says that the VW is a notch above, noting that many other plug-ins "aren't really catered for driving enthusiasts"

Volkswagen Halts Golf GTE Order Due To Crazy High Demand

The plug-in hybrid Golf is perhaps less-performance oriented than the strongest petrol versions, but it's still a decent car, with the highest fuel economy of the range.

The major target for these type of plug-ins are people with relatively short commutes (within its electric range or fairly close to it), of whom would then be driving all-electrically Monday to Friday.

Jonny Smith, after around 100 miles, averaged 49 mpg (US) or 4.79 l/100 km.

Quick specs:

  • 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
  • up to 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode (NEDC), with its total range being around 880 km (547 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