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
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|246mpg||26g/km||39 miles||3hrs 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.
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.
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 & charging - currently readingImpressive 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 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