VW Golf GTE price and release date revealed

Volkswagen has announced UK prices and specs of its plug-in hybrid Golf GTE, and it's available to order now from £28,035

Volkswagen has revealed price and release date details of the VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid hatchback that's set to shake up the hot-hatch sector. It's available to order now for March deliveries, and will start at £28,035 after a £5,000 UK government grant.

The sister car of the Audi A3 e-tron, the GTE will slot slightly above the petrol-powered GTI and diesel GTD in price, and undercuts even the standard BMW i3 by nearly £2,000. It's also about £3,000 more expensive the VW's own e-Golf electric car.

It's available as a five-door only, and uses a 148bhp TSI four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 100bhp electric motor. Operating in unity, these two motors power the GTE from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 138mph. The official fuel economy figure is 166mpg, and CO2 emissions are rated at just 39g/km.

In its fully electric mode the GTE has a 31-mile electric range, and the 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery takes 3.75 hours to charge up from the mains, or 2.25 hours from a domestic wallbox. It's also capable of silently running up to an 81mph electric top speed.

There's only one trim level available with the GTE. It gets full LED headlamps daytime running lights, and blue accented radiator grille and headlights (tweaked from the red of the GTI). 18-inch 'Sermon' alloy wheels complete the sporty exterior revisions.

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Inside there is blue stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and familiar tartan seats. A touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth is standard, while optional navigation includes bespoke EV features such as the ability to identify potential destinations on electric range, and charging points.

There's also an 'e-Manager' that allows which can control the car's charging and pre-heat or cool the interior via a smartphone app.

   

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