Volkswagen Golf GTE reliability & safety

The VW Golf GTE has stellar safety credentials, but reliability is yet to be proven

Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.5 out of 5

Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety 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.

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