5 July, 2017
The CarLease247 Team
PRICE: From £30,635 - Business lease rentals from £200 per month based on 24 month lease (six rentals in advance)
FOR: Very capable hybrid and affordable if leased
AGAINST: Not much, but if you want a hot hatch, this is not for you.
The Volkswagen Golf GTE is the petrol hybrid brother to the now legendary Golf GTI and the diesel GTD. A GT hybrid? Hmmmm. With a 0-62mph time of 7.6sec the hybrid is the slowest sibling in the GTR line up but it is still nippy and you’ll be saving the planet, so polar bears take note.The GTE always starts in its most economical mode. So, if the batteries have enough charge, you set off in pure electric mode. If you wish you can select a pure electric mode and, with a completely full battery, the GTE will cover 31 miles before resorting to internal combustion on the petrol engine.
Left to its own devices though the hybrid hatch will identify what’s the most economical way for it to make progress, so depending on the speed or situation it might call upon the internal combustion engine for a little boost.
Press the GTE button near the gear knob and the two power sources then work together to give maximum possible performance rather than being as fuel efficient as possible.
The near silent electric drivetrain, the car’s default when setting off, makes the GTE feel very refined. The solid interior, big infotainment screen, and a ride that’s far more settled than you’d expect of a car on 18-inch wheels add to that sophisticated feel, too.
When the engine does cut in, it does so in such a progressive manner you’re barely aware you’ve switched on the conventional engine. It’s a welcome contrast to the thrum and lurch that accompanies the activation of the internal combustion engine in most hybrids. The GTE’s drivetrain feels a generation ahead of most other dual-motor vehicles and is a truly pleasant car to use at low speeds.
A basic GTE costs £30,635, a not insignificant sum - £2715 more than a GTI. But to offset that initial cost there’s are the obvious fuel savings that a hybrid can offer and VW claims the GTE can average 166.2mpg. That is if you believe what you read. Volkswagen were, after all, the company behind the emissions cloaking scandal in California. As a general rule of thumb, we would advise anyone looking at a hybrid to factor in about 60% of the stated OEM mpg. So we recon maybe high nineties for the VW Golf GTE. WARNING! If you are going to be tearing up and down the motorway, then the MPG could be 30% of the stated mpg!!
Now to cost. We mentioned that you could get a Golf GTI for nearly three thousand pounds cheaper than a GTE. HOWEVER, we currently have deals on the GTE that we believe may be the cheapest in the UK. Check them out HERE.
For a look at hybrid car misuse, you can find our article HERE.
You might want to take a look at Carwow's Golf GTE review below:
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