Volkswagen Golf GTE engines, drive & performance
With GTI-like performance despite a little extra weight to carry around, the VW Golf GTE is a solid drive
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The VW Golf GTE uses what is now becoming a familiar powertrain in plug-in hybrid VW Group products – a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine assisted by an electric motor that's fed by a 13kWh battery. The result is 242bhp and 400Nm of torque, put to the road via VW's trusty six-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.
Another familiar part of the GTE experience is that this drivetrain can be operated in a number of drive modes, calling on pure-electric running or combined hybrid power as required, as well as an option to reserve the battery's charge for later in a journey. If you've chosen the optional adaptive dampers you can also pick between varying levels of sporty intent from the car's chassis – we reckon Comfort mode strikes the best balance, however.
Volkswagen Golf GTE 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
There's plenty of power on tap – especially with a fully charged battery at your disposal. The 0-62mph sprint takes 6.7 seconds in Sport mode and there's similarly urgent acceleration available whenever you need it provided you don't mind making the most of the slightly unrefined petrol engine, which can get noisy under hard throttle.
If you happen to test-drive a Golf GTE right after its Golf GTI counterpart, the most noticeable difference will be in the car's weight. Thanks to the hybrid system and battery there's an extra 176kg to carry around and you'll notice it most in corners; while the steering is accurate, the GTE doesn't feel quite as keen to change direction as its lighter sibling. Still, in isolation, this is a swift, controlled and good-to-drive car that won't leave many keener drivers disappointed.
In This Review
- 1VerdictIt's a solid, efficient and desirable plug-in hybrid with hot-hatch power, but the VW Golf GTE still has some flaws
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingImpressive claimed figures will be harder to match in real life, but the VW Golf GTE remains a very efficient car
- 3Running costsWhile it will make the most sense for company-car users, the VW Golf GTE will be pricier than some other models in the range for private buyers
- 4Engines, drive & performance - currently readingWith GTI-like performance despite a little extra weight to carry around, the VW Golf GTE is a solid drive
- 5Interior & comfortThere's a cool design with some nice GTE-specific touches, but the Golf's infotainment system still leaves a lot to be desired
- 6Practicality & boot spaceWell packaged and with ample interior space, the VW Golf GTE doesn't suffer much in practicality terms over non-electrified versions
- 7Reliability & safety The VW Golf GTE has stellar safety credentials, but reliability is yet to be proven