166mpg 202bhp Golf GTE plug-in Hybrid hits UK roads soon

166mpg 202bhp Golf GTE plug-in Hybrid hits UK roads soon

2015-03-04 19:52:57

The new Golf GTE plug-in hybrid will cost from £33,035 VW has announced. The order books have now opened and the first deliveries will start in March.

The GTE features a 148bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine. The six-speed DSG gearbox is mated to a 100bhp electric motor that gives a combined output of 202bhp. When combined, this is enough to propel the Golf GTE to 62mph from a standing start in just 7.6 seconds. Despite the power, the Golf GTE is still able to travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone if you aren’t so heavy with the right foot. The German giant claims that up to 166mpg can be achieved using official fuel consumption measures. However, real world driving will reduce this dramatically, unless you are able to confine your driving and do most of it using just the electric motor.

Standard equipment includes blue accents in place of the red ones adopted on the GTI, LED headlights, 18-inch ‘Serron’ alloy wheels, blue contrast stitching inside and an infotainment system with Bluetooth and DAB digital radio. However, satellite navigation is an optional extra – something we feel should be standard on a £33k car.

VW is predicting sales of 1,000 units in its first full year on sale, despite the £33,035 headline price making it the most expensive Golf hatch available. However, hedging their bets, they admitted that there was the potential to significantly outstrip this estimate.

This article was prepared by our news article team First4Auto.

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Andrew Merritt-Morling

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Associate Member of the Guild of Motoring Writers