Volkswagen Golf GTE Acceleration Test – Video

FEB 19 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 8

Ever wondered how well the Volkswagen Golf GTE accelerates? Well…wonder no more.

Not bad for the all-electric mode!

Not bad for all-electric mode!

The video above includes a few acceleration tests from a dead stop, in different driving modes. In addition, some acceleration tests are done while the GTE is already in motion at higher speeds.

These tests were conducted on the German Autobahn.

The Golf GTE is not available in the US, and we doubt we’ll ever see it sold here.

Some additional information on the Golf GTE, via the  video description:

“Fast Autobahn acceleration test of the 2014/2015 Volkswagen Golf 7 GTE with the twin engine concept delivering 204 hp and up to 350 Nm of torque. While the 1.4 TSI with 150 hp is already not really slow, they added the 102 hp electric motor out of the e-Golf to make this a prober GT(E). As you can see, this car really pulls once you put it in “B” (Boost?) and GTE-mode. I don’t really know why it is significantly faster than what VW claims but it also feels like more than 200 hp! Especially as I tested the Golf 7 GTD and GTI (220hp) I can tell that this hybrid is very close to the GTI! Besides that you get an “E-Mode” that let’s you accelerate pretty decent up to 130 km/h and drive totally quiet in cities….”

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“GTE Mode. 1.4L TSI + Electric Motor.”

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Great, now I want this car even more! Oh well, even if they brought it here, I couldn’t afford it, given that the eGolf is $35k!

I timed, roughly 2.8s 0-30 in eMode and 2.5s 0-30 in GTE Mode. Those are really nice stoplight times 🙂 For reference that is about as fast as a GTI and the new 2016 Volt has a 2.6s 0-30 according to GM.

So, if I understand this correctly, it has a 0-60 time in EV mode of just a bit over 10 seconds? That is not bad at all, and would be perfectly adequate for daily driving needs. And then 6-ish seconds for hybrid mode? Amazing! This is a great PHEV. Although honestly, I wouldn’t want a PHEV to have a traditional transmission with different fixed gear ratios. It seems like a waste. Might as well go with a hybrid system like Ford/Toyota use. They just need a bigger battery and drive motor.

I;m Curious — why is the GTE unlikely to ever be sold in the states? The e-Golf is, the various ICE Golf models seem to be fairly popular, so it seems like there would be a market for a PHEV, even if the AER is just ~30mi.
IIUC, given the 8.7kWh battery, the Federal tax credit would be $4168 .

This is coming over as the A3 e-Tron. Unfortunately, AER is only 16-19 miles, as per Audi USA.

I asked a VW rep that exact question, and I will paraphrase her answer.

Basically, to import the car into the US, VW has to go through a bunch of regulatory steps. The EPA has different testing required than in the EU. The NHSTA has different crash-test requirements than the EU. I’m sure there is other red tape. In the end, VW does not believe they would sell enough GTEs in the US to be worth going through that entire process. Remember also that any CARB requirements can easily be met with the eGolf. Since they already sell it here, all they have to do is put some cash on the hood if they aren’t meeting their quota already.

So that’s the reason I was given, paraphrased with my own understanding. Plus, like shappy said, they ARE planning on bringing the eTron which is a very similar car. Audi sells for a premium in the US, so they can more easily make up for the expense of importing the model.

Well that explains why we see so many upscale equivalents of Euro made “entry-level” vehicles. I don’t like it and it prices me out of the market but, if you’re playing the “long game,” then it makes sense. Sell to the high spenders, build the demand for the lower end entry-level vehicles, then start importing them when there is enough demand.

I’d like those fast 0-60 times in hybrid mode, except I doubt very much that I would like the noise.

Silence is golden.