Updated Volkswagen Golf GTE £3,420 Cheaper Than Outgoing Model

APR 7 2017 BY MARK KANE 26

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)

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)

Press blast:


  • 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)

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)

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)

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)

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
ModelEngineGearboxDoorsPowerCO₂ (g/km)OTR RRP (exc PICG1)
Golf GTE1.4 TSI and 75Kw electricDSG520438£30,635.00
Golf GTE Advance1.4 TSI and 75 Kw electricDSG520440£32,135.00


* 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.

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When will 2017 e-Golf be available in the USA?

Look for it in your local dealership the same time as when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrives….


Good one Nix.


There’s the Audi A3 e-tron which is the exact same. … weren’t we all a year ago celebrating like mad how it was, after tax credits, Audi’s cheapest offering?

It’s not the exact same. It’s built on the same platform, but so is the Octavia and a few other cars.

The Audi has a completely different interior, for one thing. But it doesn’t stop there. It’s got different suspension setup and rides a little harder and sharper, which I like, but some will prefer the comfort of the Golf. And there are many other smaller differences that can nonetheless make a big difference. Basically it’s the same technology and even many of the same components, but they are still pretty different products.

2017 e-Golf will be available in the USA when the GM Bolt is available in the UK.

Still not as good as the black version. 😀

52 different concept cars and this is what VW actually sells?

The Tesla model three is going to rip this thing apart like a giant snapping turtle.

Lately I think any car that is close in size to the Tesla model three and is above $30,000 might be Tesla food.

“Tesla Food” lol!

The term that comes to my mind is “Bantha Fodder”.

Still, I think the GTE is a neat little car. It is exciting to drive, and has that German performance car charm. I think it will still sell, but there will be many converts to Tesla.

I hope you are right but we’ll have to wait until the Model 3 ships. Tesla is well-known for being late and over-budget.

But I hope you are right.

If they did one with the same size and utility then possible. But now it is too different of a vehicle, the Model 3 doesn’t even come with a hatch.

Tesla should do a Golf-class model for the European market.

“the GTE now starts at £30,635 ($38,430), which is £3,420 ($4,290) less than the outgoing generation.”

“We aren’t exactly sure why Volkswagen didn’t take the opportunity to upgrade the battery from the original 8.7 kWh”

I would guess that when given the choice to either lower the price or increase the battery, the bean counters and marketing folks figured out they were better off lowering the price.

Lower the price and you get more mainstream buyers who just want to save money.

Increase the battery size and you attract more purists who don’t want to burn gas.

Europe didn’t get filled up with diesel cars just because people wanted to burn diesel instead of gasoline. That happened out of the desire to save money. I suspect that VW is actually on the right track at this early point in EV/PHEV sales. Appealing to the wider audience of mainstream buyers will likely create a bigger market for their PHEV’s than pandering to those folks living inside the anti-gas purist bubble.

Especially since a lot of those folks are buying pure EV’s instead of PHEV’s anyways. It is better to sell them a proper pure EV anyways.

I was told by VW at the Regents Street motorshow last November. That the 2018 e-Golf will have greatly improved range.

So makes sense for the GTE to maximise on price.

First they said it will be eGolf 2017 and its higher range is posted in fueleconomy.gov

But the company is yet to start selling it. No idea when they will start the sales.

Not as fast as the Bolt, but definitely fast enough!

Make the battery bigger and sell it in the USA!

That is all. Grrrr.

What an outrageous price for this car by the great cheaters. Buying from them is rewarding dishonesty.

I leased a eGolf from them to punish them…how is that?

Well alrighty then, that for good measure will surely show them! Kind of like my Nissan Leaf Lease, when I turn it back in, at the end of three years and 45K mi., boy, will Nissan take a pounding! That will show ’em!

They obviously don’t want to sell them so we obviously have to buy them…however, i will jump on a Model 3 at the end of this lease since the ID will probably never going to happen anyway.

I’d love an electric GTI. About 60kWh on tap, and sacrifice some range for performance, for less than $40K. Sort of what we think the Tesla M3 will be, but with better utility (and IMO looks).

I wish this vehicle were available in the USA. I think it is a good example of what a PHEV can be. Granted the battery range is a bit low, but I bet the next gen will improve upon that.

The Mk-VII platform isn’t new — it was launched in 2012 .
It was the first Golf platform to support by design multiple drivetrain types.
The 2017 GTE uses the same MK-VII platform as the original, 2.5-y.o. 2014 GTE (and the e-Golf); it’s just a (very minor) facelift; nothing in the drivetrain or main specs has changed.
The price reduction is the major change.

It would have been nice to see a 50% increase in battery in the same battery casing (as an additional-cost option), like the e-Golf received — a ~15kWh battery would have given a ~30mi (in EPA terms) AER, which would cover many more people’s commute than the current ~20mi

I think that VW is joking with the new Gold GTE. Why haven’t they fitted a newer battery to increase the range and the new 1.5 Litre petrol engine that is 10% more efficient than the actual 1.4
Ive had golfs for 30 years now and I need to change car asap, but 50 Km Range is a joke because in real driving conditions you only get 30 Km range. They claim they haven’t done a diesel version because the petrol engine pollutes less and then they dont fit the new 1.5 more efficient engine WHY ???