Updated Volkswagen Golf GTE Now Better Than Ever, Young Professionals Wanted

APR 18 2017 BY MARK KANE 4

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.

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

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.

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTE

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.”

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

Check out the full review at Autocar

Categories: Test Drives, Volkswagen


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4 Comments on "Updated Volkswagen Golf GTE Now Better Than Ever, Young Professionals Wanted"

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Yes, but, Nothing for the USA.

Ya, I’m still surprised they don’t have it here yet.

Do they just nor make a LHD variant of it or is this purely a UK only model (assuming they don’t export to down under or parts of Asia).

Why not in USA?
Prius Prime is similar and selling well.
Also it would be a good replacement for the diesels they are buying back.

Seems to be lots of confusion about this car:

1. Nothing about it is new, except the lowered price and possibly some trim stuff — it’s identical in body, performance & drivetrain to the original Golf GTE intro’s 2.5 years ago (just like the entire current Golf line including e-Golf, it uses the Golf Mk. VII platform).

2. Re LHD, of course there’s LHD versions — they’ve been sold in Europe for the past 2.5 years.

3. When it was intro’d, there was discussion on whether it would be likely to make it to the US — most folks expected that not in the near/mid- future, since it’s a fairly expensive car, and VWs tend to need to be cheaper in the US than in Europe. However, the Audi A3 e-tron uses the same drivetrain, and is sold in the US.