Volkswagen Golf GTE range, MPG, CO2 & charging

Impressive claimed figures will be harder to match in real life, but the VW Golf GTE remains a very efficient car

Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
246mpg26g/km39 miles3hrs 40mins (0-100%, 3.6kW)

Built to appeal to company-car users, the Golf GTE combines sporty dynamics with some very impressive on-paper figures for fuel economy, CO2 emissions and pure-electric range. The same applies here as with every other plug-in hybrid on sale: you're unlikely to come close to the official numbers unless you keep the car's battery topped up, drive with a light touch and rely as much as possible on the electric motor rather than the petrol engine. 

Volkswagen Golf GTE range, MPG & CO2 emissions

We've yet to test the GTE over a longer period of time to find out exactly what its real-world figures will look like, but our time with the broadly similar SEAT Leon e-Hybrid resulted in an indicated average of 48mpg in mixed driving, and that's including a depletion of battery charge. It's some way off that impressive 246mpg headline figure, however. 

Better news is that the car's 26g/km CO2 emissions mean it qualifies for low company-car tax rates (see the Running Costs section of this review) – and while using electric power alone, it won't be responsible for any local emissions whatsoever. 

Charge time

The Golf GTE's charging capabilities top out at 3.6kW, so if you're using a suitable home wallbox, a charge should take three hours and 40 minutes. Volkswagen also quotes a slower five-hour charge time when using a domestic supply and three-pin plug. The GTE comes as standard with two six-metre charging cables – a Mode 3 cable for use with wallboxes and public chargers, plus a Mode 2 cable for home use with a three-pin socket.

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