Volkswagen Golf GTE practicality & boot space
Well packaged and with ample interior space, the VW Golf GTE doesn't suffer much in practicality terms over non-electrified versions
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Hatchbacks are all about practicality and flexibility so Volkswagen has put in a lot of effort to ensure the Golf can keep pace with the competition. The Golf is a spacious car that's longer than the car it replaced, with improvements in interior packaging and space for occupants. However, the GTE version's battery is mounted under the boot floor; as is the case with so many plug-in hybrids, there's a trade off in boot space as a result.
The Golf gets a few clever features that help to enhance its practicality, however: shopping-bag hooks in the boot, a ski hatch and a dual-level boot floor all provide an extra degree of usefulness.
Volkswagen Golf GTE interior space, storage & comfort
There's plenty of space for front-seat passengers to get comfortable, with a good centre armrest, a large central space for phones and two generously-sized cupholders falling easily within reach. The GTE's standard sports seats are good too, with lots of lateral support plus adjustment for height and lumbar support.
There's plenty of space in the back for two adults, with decent knee and headroom. To us, the closely related SEAT Leon eHybrid and Skoda Octavia iV feel a little more spacious in the back, but not by much.
There's 273 litres of boot space in the back of the GTE – down considerably on the standard car's 381 litres. It's a common price to pay on plug-in hybrids, as space has to be made for the battery. For comparison's sake, the Mercedes A 250 e has 310 litres of space, versus 370 in its non-electrified equivalent.
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 & performanceWith 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 space - currently readingWell 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