Volkswagen Golf GTE performance, top speed & engine
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. You'll find the same setup in the Skoda Octavia vRS iV, Cupra Leon e-Hybrid and Cupra Formentor.
Another familiar part of the GTE experience is that this drivetrain can be operated in a number of modes, running on pure-electric or combined hybrid power as required, or holding on to the battery's charge for later in a journey if needed. 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 in the Golf GTE – especially with a fully charged battery. The 0-62mph sprint takes 6.7 seconds in Sport mode and there's similarly urgent acceleration whenever you need it, provided you don't mind making the most of the slightly unrefined engine, which can get a bit noisy when pushed hard.
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. Due 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-hatchback 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 costs & insuranceWhile it'll make most sense for company-car users, the VW Golf GTE is pricier than some other models in the range for private buyers
- 4Performance, engine & drive - currently readingWith GTI-like performance despite a little extra weight to carry around, the VW Golf GTE is a solid drive
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThere's a cool design with some nice GTE-specific touches, but the Golf's infotainment system still leaves a lot to be desired
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityWell packaged and with plenty of interior space, the VW Golf GTE isn't much less practical than the non-hybrid version
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe VW Golf GTE has stellar safety credentials, but reliability is yet to be proven