Volkswagen Golf GTE reliability & safety rating
The VW Golf GTE has stellar safety credentials, but reliability is yet to be proven
|5 stars (2019)
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 hasn't been on sale for very long, but no serious issues have come to light so far.
Volkswagen Golf GTE reliability & problems
It's too early to make any meaningful judgements about the latest Golf GTE's reliability, but we can get a feeling for how things might play out by referring to the results of the most recent Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. The Mk8 Golf came 73rd out of the 75 cars included, which is a poor showing. It means it sits lower than the outgoing Golf, which came 50th in the previous year's results. The latest model's top category was running costs, but it recorded low scores for build quality and reliability and also came bottom of the table for infotainment user-friendliness.
Volkswagen as a brand finished in 17th place overall out of 29 manufacturers – a result that takes into account scores from a wide range of categories including comfort, performance and running costs. Most importantly, an average share of 15.3% of VW owners surveyed reported having experienced a fault with their car. This is a lower rate than Volvo (20.5%), BMW (19.3%) and Hyundai (21.1%).
The latest Golf has taken big steps forward in the safety department – something 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 and road-sign recognition as standard, with GTE adding 'Side Assist' blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, 'Emergency Assist' (which can automatically bring the car to a stop if the driver is incapacitated), plus 'Travel Assist' lane-keeping 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-hatchback 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 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 rating - currently readingThe VW Golf GTE has stellar safety credentials, but reliability is yet to be proven