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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF HATCHBACK

1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Top Speed
Top Speed140mph

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) with speed limiter and front assist (reacting to vehicles pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Car2X communication
  • Digital cockpit
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Dynamic road sign display
  • eCall - Emergency call service for SOS calls to emergency response
  • Electronic engine sound
  • Lane assist
  • Mobile phone interface with wireless inductive charging function
  • Progressive steering
  • Speedo, rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display, exterior temperature and fuel gauge
  • Start/Stop function
  • Travel assist with emergency side assist with electrically foldable door mirrors
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Wireless app connect

Entertainment

  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlamp activation with Coming home and Leaving home feature
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Body colour rear roof spoiler
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • GTE style bumpers
  • Heat insulating glass windscreen
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Highway light
  • Illuminated front grille
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED License plate illumination
  • Light assist - High beam assist ( Automatic sensing for switching between dipped and main beam)
  • Rain sensor
  • Rear fog light on one side and reversing lights on both sides
  • Rear lights incorporating LED technology
  • Rear tinted glass 65% light absorbing from B pillar backwards
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Remote electrically heated, adjustable and foldable door mirrors, including door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on pa
  • Welcome light

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in front centre console
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 3 zone climate with controls in the rear
  • Aluminium gear knob
  • Ambient lighting - Customisable 30 colour ambient lighting
  • Ambient lighting, exterior illuminated styling elements at the sides
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel pedals
  • Centre console
  • Chrome plated surround to electric mirror button, window switch and air vent surrounds
  • Drivers and front passengers sun visors with vanity mirrors
  • Front + rear carpet mats
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front seat lumbar support adjuster
  • Front sports seats
  • Glovebox
  • Height adjustable front seats
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Isofix child seat preparation for 2 rear child seats and front passenger seat
  • Jacara cloth upholstery
  • LED front reading lights X 2
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • R Line front seats integrated head restraints
  • R-Line leather wrapped multi function sports heated steering wheel
  • Removable luggage compartment cover
  • Split folding backrest with centre armrest and unsplit rear seat bench
  • Woven fabric storage compartments in front and rear doors

Safety

  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3 rear three point seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Driver and front passenger airbag with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Extended pedestrian protection measures
  • Front and rear passengers curtain airbag system including front side airbags
  • Front disc brakes
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Keyless entry with start/stop button on centre console

Technical

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • XDS electronic differential lock for improved traction and handling

Trim

  • Black metal chrome decorative inserts in dash and front door trim panels
  • Soul dashboard

Wheels

  • Tyre mobility kit Includes 12V compressor and tyre sealant

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    13
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    300
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    3.6
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    220
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    64
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    40
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    14.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    32
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    32
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    32

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    34
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    26
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    28
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    26

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1395
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Code
    CUKB
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    45.6
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    235.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    256.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.4
  • Badge Power
    245
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    GTE
  • Generation Mark
    8
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    27E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.7
  • Engine Power - BHP
    245
  • Engine Power - KW
    180
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    184
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    25.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    250
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1550
  • Top Speed
    140

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    RICHMOND
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height (including roof rails)
    1484
  • Length
    4287
  • Wheelbase
    2630
  • Width
    1789

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2040
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1514
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    752
  • Max. Loading Weight
    491
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1549
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.9

Volkswagen's original plug-in model, the Golf GTE, gets smarter still in second generation guise. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Hybrid cars used to be dull, compromised, soul-less things. In buying one, you sacrificed driving enjoyment for eco-minded technology and positioned yourself amongst smug, green-minded folk. It isn't like that any more - or at least it doesn't need to be, according at least to this car, Volkswagen's Golf GTE. This second generation model, launched early in 2020, succeeds an original Golf GTE that was one of the market's very first plug-in hybrids when it was first announced back in late-2014. This replacement's key change is a lithium-ion battery twice as large, which usefully extends the WLTP-rated all-electric driving range to 40 miles. Plus energy deployment can now be predictive, taking into account GPS data. And of course there are all the advantages of the latest MK8 Golf model line. If you're the sort of buyer who might have previously been steered towards the economy of a Golf GTD diesel but secretly hankered after the smoothness of the GTI, this GTE could be the perfect solution.

Driving Experience

As with its first generation predecessor, the combustion element of this Golf GTE model's drivetrain uses a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 6-speed DSG auto gearbox. What's changed this time round is that the 85 kW electric motor this package works with is mated to a lithium-ion battery that's 50% bigger, now rated up at 13kWh, quite a large capacity for a plug-in hybrid model. That's why the all-electric driving range has increased to 40 miles. And why the all-electric top speed has improved to 80mph. When the battery is sufficiently charged, the GTE always starts in its all-electric E-MODE, switching to the alternative 'Hybrid' mode only if the energy capacity of the battery drops below a certain level or the vehicle's speed rises above 80mph. As before, the driver has the option to 'save' battery charge for urban driving later in any trip. But what's different this time round is the way that once you've entered in a navigation destination, the battery manager (using so-called 'Predictive Hybrid Control') can predictively take into account road and topographical GPS data to ensure the most efficient use of the available driving range. A new driving dynamics control system known as the 'Vehicle Dynamics manager' also debuts with this MK2 model. This controls the XDS torque vectoring system and the optional DCC adaptive chassis control adjustable dampers to achieve a greater perceived difference between the feel of the car in its comfort and more sportily-orientated drive settings.

Design and Build

As before, a big part of the GTE's appeal is that it doesn't look that different to a GTI. Blue-themed touches differentiate this plug-in variant - on a narrow line spanning the front end of the bonnet and on an LED strip in the headlight. A nice touch is the way that the radiator grille can be illuminated as a continuation of this strip. The large, one-piece lower air intake grille features a honeycomb pattern with a black frame and a striking wing-like design at each corner. In profile, you get 17-inch alloy wheels. And there are wider black side skirt sills than you'd normally get on a Golf, those sills coming together at either end of the car to form the front spoiler and the rear diffuser. LED tail light clusters feature at the rear, where there are no visible exhaust pipes. Inside, as on the outside, the Golf GTE features blue highlights where the GTI has red. This includes the interior of the central spoke of the steering wheel and the seams and edging of the upholstery and trim. Volkswagen's so-called 'Innovision Cockpit' comes as standard, a fusion of the brand's 10.25-inch 'Digital Cockpit' instrument binnacle screen and the company's 10-inch 'Discover Pro' centre-dash navigation infotainment display. Also standard is a background lighting system which bathes the cabin in a spectrum of 30 configurable colours. Otherwise, things are much as with any other Golf, so you get great build quality and decent space for two adults on the rear bench. But boot space falls from the 380-litre total you get with an ordinary Golf to 272-litres because of the positioning of the PHEV system's bateries under the cargo area floor.

Market and Model

It seems a long time ago now that you could buy a Golf GTE for around £25,000 (after the once-available government grant had been taken into consideration). There's no government assistance for plug-in hybrids these days of course and Volkswagen pricing has risen considerably, all of which contributes to an eventual asking price for this car of around £36,000. If you can't stretch to that, there's an alternative Golf eHybrid model with a 204PS version of this same PHEV powerplant, priced at around £33,000. Standard-fit is Volkswagen's clever 'Travel Assist' 'IQ.DRIVE' system that gives Golf GTE drivers active steering, accelerating and braking at speeds of up to 130mph A key GTE model option is the DCC adaptive chassis control adjustable damping system. With the previous generation version of this car, we were a little dubious about whether DCC was worth the extra cash, but this time round, thanks to this MK2 model's integrated 'Vehicle Dynamics Manager' system, you really should be able to feel distinct differences between the available 'Comfort', 'Eco' and 'Sport' modes, plus in the extra 'Individual' menu, there's now a digital slider that allows you to create a more bespoke set-up.

Cost of Ownership

The published figures for the GTE look faintly unfeasible. Volkswagen claims a combined fuel economy figure of up to 235.4mpg and emissions of up to 26g/km. For reference, the alternative Golf eHybrid 204PS version of this model manages 235.4mpg and 21g/km of CO2. Readings like these really point to the deficiencies of the WLTP economy tests for measuring cars like this, rather than the real world abilities of the GTE. In pure electric mode (activated at the press of a button), the Golf GTE can travel up to 40 miles (it's 44 miles for the eHybrid variant). In other words, if the vehicle is only used for short commutes and re-charged regularly overnight, it is conceivable that this GTE can be run almost entirely without fuel. And conceivably (if you get your charging regime right) on off-peak electricity that'll hopefully cost pennies rather than pounds to consume. The combined range of the petrol and electric motor is around 660 miles, making it an ideal comfortable car for longer journeys. The extent to which you can charge this car up from the mains is also obviously going to make quite a difference to your overall running costs. Doing so inevitably takes a lot less time than it would in a comparable full-electric car - say something like a Nissan Leaf. That's because the batteries of a Plug-in hybrid car like this one are much smaller. Powering this Volkswagen up from a domestic socket would take around five hours, but most owners will want to find an extra few hundred pounds to install a Wallbox charger in their garages. Use such a wallbox - or indeed plug in to one of the many public charging points springing up around the country - and you'll be able to reduce your charging time period from empty to around three hours and thirty minutes.

Summary

So: the best of both worlds, at the push of a button. Is that what we've got here? Pretty much, yes. The Volkswagen Group weren't the first to bring us the benefits of plug-in motoring but they've been the first to really perfect it - or at least perfect it as far as is possible within the limits of current battery technology. As a result, if you've never thought much of electric mobility as an automotive solution, here's a car we think might convert you. Everything's so straightforward - so normal. Just leave the thing in its 'Hybrid Auto' setting and you'll get diesel-like fuel economy with a real surging turn of pace when you need it. Even if you never once plugged this car in, you'd probably be perfectly happy with what you had. So no, you don't have to press buttons and select menu options to enjoy and benefit from GTE motoring. But devoted owners will want to do that. These people will see ownership as being all about mastering and getting the most from the Plug-in hybrid concept. For them, there'll be nothing normal about what this Volkswagen can do. They'll talk of its silent all-electric operation. Or running costs that decimate their annual tax payments and see a potential three-figure range achievable from every gallon. Or maybe the way in which when used for short journeys, it can make fuel station visits a thing of the past. It's all deceptively unique - and rather futuristic. In a car very much for today.

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