Updated VW Golf GTE now £3,420 cheaper than outgoing model

The updated Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid electric car is open for order in the UK with a significant price reduction, two trim levels and a raft of new technologies on board.

The updated Golf GTE sits alongside the rest of the 113-model Golf range and is now better value for money at £30,635 before the UK Plug-in car grant which currently slices a further £2,500 off the price. Offering a compelling mix of engaging GTI-style dynamics, e-Golf-style sustainability and generous combined range similar to the GTD.

Mild redesign refreshed the Golf’s looks

The updated Golf GTE is now available with a choice of two new trim levels. The entry-level Golf GTE is joined by the new GTE Advance in a range line-up that now mirrors that of the award-winning Passat GTE.

Powered by a 150 PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 102 PS (75Kw) electric motor giving a combined power output of 204 PS.  With these two working in tandem 62 mph arrives in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 138 mph. CO2 emissions are 38g/km for the GTE and 40g/km for the GTE Advance.

The GTE offers four operating modes: ‘E-Mode’, ‘GTE mode’, ‘Battery Charge’ and ‘Hybrid. In pure electric mode (activated at the press of a button), the Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles emissions free. Electric power can also be saved – for example when driving to a zero-emissions zone. In electric mode, the GTE is capable of speeds of up to 81 mph.  When combined with the petrol engine, with its slimmed down fuel tank, your potential range of 514 miles.

Charging port neatly hidden under nose badge

Electric energy is stored in a 8.7 kWh lithium-ion battery which can be charged in 3.45 hours from a domestic mains outlet, or 2.15 hours from a domestic wallbox. The battery weighs in at 120 kg, therefore the GTE’s kerbweight increases to 1,615 kg, nearly 15% more than the Golf GTI.

The GTE Advance trim adds further luxuries such as 18-inch Marseille alloys, the updated Discover Navigation system, a Winter Pack including heated seats, tinted rear windows, a front centre armrest and exterior e-sound.

A full range of assistance and infotainment systems is also making its way into the Golf GTE. Thus the Volkswagen is available for the first time with Traffic Jam Assist (semi-autonomous driving up to 37 mph), the fully digital Active Info Display and the optional Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system including 9.2-inch display and gesture control.

Director of Volkswagen in the UK, Alison Jones, said:

“The new Golf GTE – with its revised pricing and significantly enhanced appeal – perfectly represents Volkswagen’s ongoing commitment to offering accessible hybrid technology in an attractive and usable package.

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