Published on February 25th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Introducing The Peppy Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid

February 25th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas 2.
By Christopher DeMorro.

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The Volkswagen Golf GTE is exactly what I was hoping for; an affordable, performance-oriented plug-in hybrid that lets you go fast without the gas-guzzling guilt. With a combined 258 ft-lbs of torque and a top speed higher than the Tesla Model S, this little hybrid Golf promises to be big fun without sucking down a whole lotta gas.

Just as speculation suggested, the Volkswagen Golf GTE gets a 1.4 liter turbo engine good for 148 horsepower mated to an electric motor at the front wheels with a maximum output of 101 horsepower. Combined output of both drivetrains is 201 horsepower, with 258 lovely ft-lbs of torque. Just as important though, the Golf GTE can go up to 31 miles on electric power only, up to a maximum speed of 81 MPH.

That gives the Golf GTE the equivalent of 157 MPG, though real-world numbers are likely to be a lot lower. Still, as the Chevy Volt proved, if your commute is amicable to plug-in hybrids, you can go literally thousands of miles on just a few drops of fuel…and the GTE promises to get you there quickly as well, with the shifting handled by a dual-clutch six-speed slushbox.

The Golf GTE can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 7.6 seconds, only about a second slower than Volkswagen’s own version of the hot hatch, the Golf GTI. It can also achieve a top speed of 135 MPH given the space, a full 10 MPH more than the standard Tesla Model S (top speed, 133 MPH). It’s the latest addition to the Golf GT line that also includes the much-coveted Golf GTD turbodiesel.

The only real problem as far as I can see it? Volkswagen has no plans to bring this awesome car to America, instead giving us an electric e-Golf model to hold us over. Whomp whomp whommmmp.

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Source: Volkswagen

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A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.

  • wattleberry

    This is an example of a car which, compared with a full electric, is relatively cheap. In return for this, we can’t expect an overall consumption anything like as good EXCEPT when running on electric only. For many real-life commutes this exception will be the rule and explains why I go on about a version which would offer something like double the electric-only mileage but without having to resort to the costly full electric/range extender models.

    • Bob_Wallace

      As you increase electric range you increase price. Remember, this car is relatively cheap compared with a full electric.

      Some years back GM and Toyota studied driving habits and found ~35 miles to be the sweet spot for range. 35 miles of electric range covers about two thirds of all driving days and permitted an affordable PHEV.

      As battery prices drop it will make sense to increase range. And eventually to drop the fuel component altogether.

      I’d say we’re less than five years from there. I’m the hopeful type….

  • Steve Grinwis

    Still too slow… Where’s my voltec Camaro, bolted to a 270 HP 2.0L turbo 4 banger, for a combined output north of 450 ponies!?

    Seriously though, you’ve got about 7 years to make a solid electric sports car for the masses… That’s when I’ll be in the market again.


  • I like both the e-Golf and the plugin hybrid. All cars should have plugs! When is the e-Golf going on sale here in the USA?

    • Expectation is later this year, but don’t think anything’s been announced, iirc.

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