Volkswagen Golf GTE reliability & safety
The VW Golf GTE has stellar safety credentials, but reliability is yet to be proven
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||95%||89%||78%|
VW developed the latest Golf with a hefty budget and its underpinnings are used across a wide range of other cars in the Volkswagen Group, so it should come as no surprise that it's among the safest cars in its class. The car has still not been on sale for long enough for any serious issues to have made themselves known, however.
Volkswagen Golf GTE reliability & problems
It's too early to make any meaningful judgements about the new Volkswagen Golf GTE, but we can get a feeling for how things might play out by referring to the results of our most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Volkswagen finished in 19th place overall out of 30 manufacturers – a result that takes into account scores from a wide range of categories including comfort, performance, running costs, and so on.
Most importantly, an average share of 20.2% of VW owners surveyed reported having experienced a fault with their car. This is on the higher side but still a lower rate than Volvo (20.5%), BMW (20.4%) and Jaguar (25.6%).
The latest Golf has taken big steps forward in the safety department – something that's backed up by a great Euro NCAP score with high ratings across the board. The GTE – like all Golfs – gets adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue detection, road-sign recognition as standard,with GTE spec adding 'Side Assist' blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, 'Emergency Assist' (which can automatically bring the car to a safe stop if the driver is incapacitated), plus Travel Assist lane-keep assistance. Additional safety features include an auto-dimming driver's door mirror and automatic LED headlights.
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 spaceWell packaged and with ample interior space, the VW Golf GTE doesn't suffer much in practicality terms over non-electrified versions
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe VW Golf GTE has stellar safety credentials, but reliability is yet to be proven