Volkswagen Golf GTE: 150kW plug-in hybrid with 940km range, 1.5L/100km

Alongside the petrol GTI and diesel GTD, the new plug-in hybrid GTE rounds out the Mark VII Golf’s GT range.

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Mark VII Volkswagen Golf GTE
Mark VII Volkswagen Golf GTE


Under the hood there’s Volkswagen’s 137kW (184hp) 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and a 75kW (101hp) electric motor. Drive goes to the front wheels via a specially developed six-speed dual-clutch (DSG) transmission.

Together the drivetrain is able to deliver a total of 150kW (201hp) and 350Nm (258lb-ft). With both engines at work, the new Golf GTE can hit a top speed of 217km/h (135mph) and race from 0 to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds.

Driven on electric power alone the new GTE can manage a maximum range of around 50km (31 miles). The petrol motor will kick in a lot earlier if you drive the GTE at its maximum electric-only speed of 130km/h (81mph).

The electric motor is powered by a 8.8kWh lithium-ion battery pack that accounts for 116kg (265lb) of the GTE’s overall 1,542kg (3,360lb) weight. Volkswagen has yet to specify how long it takes to fully charge the GTE’s battery from a residential power outlet.

With a fully charged battery and the fuel tank full to the brim, the plug-in hybrid GTE can manage an estimated 940km (584 mile) range before needing to see an electrical socket or petrol station. In European testing the Golf GTE returns a fuel economy rating of 1.5L/100km (157mpg) and a CO2 rating of 35g per kilometre, assuming, of course, that you have a fully charged battery at the beginning.

Externally the GTE has LED headlights, a GTI/GTD-style body kit, 16-inch alloy wheels (17- and 18-inch rims are optional), and blue highlights. Inside the GTE features a power meter in place of a tachometer, energy flow monitor, leather trim on the steering wheel and gear knob with blue stitching, 6.5-inch Composition Media entertainment and nav system, and a 360-degree driving range map.

No word yet on how much the GTE will cost, nor whether it will make a journey to Australia.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]