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
|Wallbox charge time
|3hrs 40mins (0-100%, 3.6kW)
Built to appeal to company-car users, the Golf GTE combines sporty dynamics with some impressive on-paper figures for fuel economy, CO2 emissions and electric range. But the same applies here as to 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
Our experiences with the Golf GTE and the broadly similar SEAT Leon e-Hybrid have 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 235mpg headline figure, however.
Better news is that the car's 27g/km CO2 emissions mean it qualifies for ultra-low company-car tax rates – and while using electric power alone, it won't be responsible for any local emissions whatsoever. If you're diligent with charging the battery each night, and have a daily commute of around 30 miles, your average fuel consumption figure will drop dramatically compared to a regular petrol or diesel car.
The Golf GTE's charging speed tops out at 3.6kW, so if you're using a suitable home wallbox, a full 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.
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 & charging - currently readingImpressive 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 & driveWith 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