Volkswagen Golf GTE “Going To Be Quite An Iconic Vehicle” – Fully Charged Video Review

MAY 27 2015 BY JAY COLE 20

Robert Lewellyn Takes A Spin In The VW GTE For His Web-Show Fully Charged

Robert Llewellyn Takes A Spin In The VW GTE For His Web-Show Fully Charged

Robert Llewellyn of the internet web-show Fully Charged has decided to take another, more detailed look at the Volkswagen Golf GTE.

Mr. Llewellyn says he thinks that the plug-in will have long-standing credibility when we look back at the history of electric vehicles, by opening the door to a lot of new buyers who aren’t familiar with the technology.

Just as a primer the Golf GTE retails for about £28,035  before grants in the UK/36,900 in Germany,  and has a 8.8 kWh battery giving the VW 50 km (31 miles) of range on the NEDC scale (~22 miles EPA), while also letting the car zip to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.6 seconds.

Hat tip to offib!

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20 Comments on "Volkswagen Golf GTE “Going To Be Quite An Iconic Vehicle” – Fully Charged Video Review"

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Another interesting vehicle that will probably not make it to the US (unless things have recently changed).

Although at $43,000 USD, it’s probably too expensive for the US market anyways.

The US market will be getting this in the form of the Audi A3 e-tron. I imagine that AoA and VWoA marketing people figured that, given the price they would have to sell it at, that this was better off as an Audi only product.

Unfortunately the A3 e-tron is to expensive compared to the GTE. I’m seeing dealers here asking €51000 for them. The GTE is also as cheap as the GTD, isn’t it?

Anyways, the reasons the GTD isn’t in the US are because of diesel emissions, I have no clue why VW would barr its GTE from going stateside.

Well, €36,900 is $39,972.11, which is just 2k above an e-Golf. The difference is the e-Golf qualifies for the full $7500 federal credit — the GTE probably wouldn’t with its 8.8 kWh battery.

Maybe if the Mexico factory starts making the e-Golf we could see the GTE in the US as well.

Well at that price, it would completely flop in comparison to the Volt.

It’s intended primarily for the Euro market, whereas the Volt targets primarily the US market.


This car is exactly what I would expect from VW, especially in light of their e-Golf: Nice, but not ground-breaking implementation at a price just high enough to make many people (including me) cross it off our shopping list.

I’m happy to see VW making cars with plugs, but I wonder how many they’ll sell once other companies wake up to the urgency of joining the rEVolution.

In “e-mode” can you aggressively accelerate to top speed w/out the engine coming on?

Probably not, but that’s not the point of this car / architecture. The point is that in mixed-mode, you get excellent performance. And at the same time, when you enter a European city, you can turn off the engine and travel in zero-emissions mode.

It seems that most of the PHEVs have this ability.

In blended mode the Fusion Energi gets to 60 in 8 seconds while the Accord plugin hybrid gets to 60 in 7.7 seconds. They both can also run in EV only mode. Both of these cars came out long before the GTE. All 3 of these have similar sized batteries that are under 9 kWhs.

I’m not claiming any are better than the others just that the GTE isn’t unique in the world of PHEVs.

Agreed, the GTE is hardly unique. I didn’t watch the video, but I couldn’t tell you what would make the GTE “iconic” except that it was made in Europe, and Fully Charged is a Europe-centric production?

If anything, the Volt is the one that is iconic because it is the only PHEV that truly stands alone.

And before I get flamed/lectured/etc, I’m simply using PHEV to lump all cars that have a plug but also have a gasoline engine. In a way the i3 REx also stands alone, but not in a good way. It was not designed to fit people’s lifestyle in the way that the Volt was.

The Golf GTI is an iconic car (in the UK) + BobbyLlew likes electrics => Golf GTE is iconic.


Seems like most of the American commenters here don’t get how iconic the Golf is in the Old World, in particular Europe.

Should suffice to say, that the Golf brand is cumulatively the #2 all-time most selling car in automotive history with ~30 million units sold.

So yeah, BEV and PHEV versions of the Golf, mass-produced, are huge news in the Golf’s core constituency, even if as EVs they are par for the course.

Well, anything that advances the EV revolution is good. So in that respect, VW introducing Europeans to a PHEV is good.

But no way is a car with a mere 8.8 kWh of battery pack a significant contribution to the EV revolution, no matter how “iconic” it is or isn’t. It’s just another “me, too” short-range wimp-out, instead of a robust compelling EV. Most of the miles driven by this car are going to be powered by petroleum, not electricity.

Not sure about “iconic”, but the GTE doesn’t sacrifice trunk and/or cabin space like the Fusion, Accord and Volt do. It’s a very practical car.

8.8 kWh in a PHEV 4+ after the Volt . . . that is not going to be iconic.

I would think he would mention how much more efficient ev’s are. Yes unlike an ice you get something back going downhill but mainly 75% of the energy is not lost as heat. That’s where most of the efficiency comes from.
Perhaps that is just such common knowledge that is not worth mentioning. Personally I would drive that point home repeatedly along with the ecological benefits.

It’s always interesting to see what people think are going to have a big impact in the ev world. The golf is the German equivalent to the ford pick up.

Yes the gte is a bit half baked but it is a sign that VW is serious, if we see a phev Ford F150. Even a half baked over price one I think the US readers would sit up and take note.

I think this is what Robert is getting at or he could just be angling for a free car.

Interesting observation. From this side of the Atlantic, it’s impossible for me to know what folks in the “Old World” think and experience.

A PHEV F150 would certainly change the face of the plug-in market in the US.

The VW Golf GTE will outsell the GM Volt in world wide sales for the year end 2015.
In world wide sales VW is at number 5 and GM is down at number 10.