The name of Golf GTE reflects its standing in the line-up alongside the petrol-powered GTI and diesel GTD, while its pricing also reinforces this position. The new car is driven by two engines: a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor. Together, they produce a maximum power of 204 PS and a theoretical range of 580 miles. A six-speed DSG gearbox developed for hybrid vehicles is standard.
The Golf GTE’s 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in 3.75 hours from a domestic mains outlet, or 2.25 hours from a domestic wallbox.
With the TSI engine engaged as well, the Golf GTE can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds and on to 138 mph, yet returns a combined cycle figure of 166 mpg and CO2 emissions of 39 g/km. As such it is expected to be exempt from VED and the Congestion Charge.
The Golf GTE is available in five-door bodystyle only and in one highly-specified trim level. Visually, it combines elements of the e-Golf and Golf GTI, with C-shaped LED daytime running lights (e-Golf) and aerodynamic horizontal ‘fins’ (GTI). Where the GTI features red, the GTE has blue accents, including across the radiator grille and into the headlights (which as on the e-Golf are LED), while 18-inch ‘Serron’ alloy wheels are fitted as standard.
Inside too, the GTI’s red highlights are turned to blue – including the stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and seats, and a blue stripe in the tartan pattern on the sports seats. Touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth is standard, while optional navigation includes bespoke EV features such as the ability to identify potential destinations on electric range, and charging points.
Volkswagen Golf GTE Finance
Solutions† representative example based on 10,000 miles per annum Golf GTE 1.4 204PS TSI DSG 5DR inc Paint
|47 monthly payments of ||£309|
|Retail cash price||£31,830|
|Optional final payment||£12,014.60|
|Option to purchase fee**||£10|
|Total amount payable by customer||£35,913.53|
|Total amount of credit||£22,464.08|
|Representative APR||6.0% APR|
|Rate of interest p.a.||6.00% fixed|
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^At the end of the agreement there are three options: I) retain the vehicle: pay the optional final payment to own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle, subject to status.
*Available when purchased on Solutions PCP. Retail Sales from participating retailers only. Offer available for vehicles purchased between 1st October and 31st December 2016 and registered before 31st March 2017.. **Payable with first payment ***Payable with optional final payment. +7.2p per mile excess mileage charges apply (incl. VAT). Further charges may be payable if vehicle is returned. Offer not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Subject to availability. Accurate at time of publication October 2016. Subject to status. Volkswagen Finance, Freepost VWFS.