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Volkswagen Golf GTE

VOLTSWAGEN (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

Like the look of the Golf GTI but are intrigued by the idea of a plug-in hybrid drive system? Volkswagen has the answer in the pert form of the Golf GTE. Jonathan Crouch reports on the revised version.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 59

The Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid promises some faintly absurd-looking efficiency measures, emitting from 38g/km of CO2 and managing from 166mpg on the NEDC fuel economy tests. Of course, in the real world, this car probably won't make anywhere near those numbers, but with 204PS on tap, it's got the muscle to back up the now improved sporty styling.

Backgroundword count: 133

Hybrid cars used to be dull, compromised, soul-less things. In buying one, you sacrificed driving enjoyment for eco-minded technology and positioned yourself amongst smug, green-minded folk. It isn't like that any more - or at least it doesn't need to be, according at least to this car, Volkswagen's Golf GTE. This is a plug-in hybrid model, offering technology that seems to blend the efficiency and some of the cost savings of all-electric power with the range and flexibility of a conventional diesel. Both of these things are already offered elsewhere in the Golf line-up - TDI engines of course or, as an alternative to filling up from the black pump, the fully battery-powered e-Golf model. Both though, also come with drawbacks. We're told that GTE motoring dispenses with those. Does it? Let's see.

Driving Experienceword count: 183

The GTE is powered by a combination of a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 102PS electric motor. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean you get 252PS. When used together, they nevertheless deliver a useful 204PS - and the torque figure of 350NM can't be sniffed at. When both power units are running in parallel, the GTE will accelerate to 62mph in a crisp 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 138mph. It can even hit 81mph using electric power alone. Naturally, the GTE's battery packs put it at a weight disadvantage compared to a GTI. The extra 120kg of lithium-ion batteries and the 80kg of electric motor lift weight to 1,520kg but the additional bulk is mounted very low in the vehicle which means that the GTE will feel planted and well-resolved in a corner. Mind you, this is a front wheel drive car, so deploying all 350Nm of torque when accelerating out of a tight corner is going to induce a little torque steer. The GTE uses a six-speed DSG gearbox with a triple-clutch system specially developed for hybrid vehicles.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

7.6

CO2 (g/km):

39

Height (mm):

1457

Length (mm):

4364

Max Speed (mph):

138

Price:

33035

Weight (kg):

1585

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Hybrid or Electric Cars

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
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