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Volkswagen releases prices for its new plug-in hybrid Golf

CarsBy Robbie Farrell
The new VW Golf GTE looks just like a normal Golf
The new VW Golf GTE looks just like a normal Golf

Volkswagen Ireland has announced that the ground-breaking new Golf GTE will go on sale in Ireland in July and order books have now opened.

The plug-in hybrid model, which offers all of the performance of Volkswagen’s GTI and GTD models, has environmental credentials which place it amongst the most fuel-efficient cars on the market today.

“This is a car that really offers everything you could ask for in one package,” said Paul Burke, Operations Director for Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

“The GTE is first and foremost a Golf, which is Ireland’s best-selling car for a reason - it’s comfortable, beautifully built and practical, but by combining a 1.4-litre TSI engine with an electric motor, you get a car that is both potent when it comes to performance and incredibly fuel-efficient.”

The Golf GTE combines a 1.4-litre TSI engine putting out 150 PS and twins this with a 102 PS electric motor.

The result is a combined power output of 204 PS and theoretical range of 930 km.

The GTE can run on electric power alone for up to 50 km at speeds of up to 130 km/h using no fuel at all, but also works in tandem with the petrol engine to produce fuel economy figures of up to 1.6 l/100km (166 mpg) and CO2 emissions of just 39g/km.

With 350 Nm of torque, this is the same figure as the Golf GTI and the 0-100km/h figure of 7.5 seconds is the same as that of the GTD.

The car’s 8.7 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in 3 hours 45 minutes from a domestic mains outlet or in 2 hours 15 minutes from a domestic wall box.

The battery weighs 120 kg adding up to a kerbweight of 1,599 kg for the GTE, which comes only as a 5-door model.

There is one high-specification model available for the car, which comes with a host of features such as a 6-speed DSG gearbox, 18” ‘Nogaro’ alloy wheels, 5.8” touch-screen interface with SD card reader, LED headlights front and rear, Adaptive Cruise Control and Park Distance Control, all as standard.

In terms of styling the GTE takes many of the styling cues of the GTI, but where the GTI uses red accents throughout, the GTE uses blue accents. Items such as 18” wheels, a sports rear diffuser and LED lights front and rear mark it out as a performance model.

Order books for the GTE are open now, with deliveries set to start in July priced at circa €38,495.