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Volkswagen Golf e hybrid 2021

Volkswagen Golf e hybrid 2021

Volkswagen Golf e hybrid 2021

Volkswagen Golf eHybrid 'Style'

You wouldn't have to be Albert Einstein to discover that SUVs are now the preferred choice for families when it comes to the latest motor must-haves.

For more than a decade now they have been edging out traditional family saloons and hatchbacks, which will almost certainly be confined to the scrapheap by manufacturers over the next 10 years.

One particular hatchback though - the Volkswagen Golf - remains as popular with Irish buyers as a pint of Guinness on Paddy's Day.

The German brand obviously believes that one of its best-selling cars of all time still has a bright future ahead and can hold its own in the fight for motor SUV-premacy.

Instead of just letting the beloved Golf drive off into the sunset, Volkswagen is still producing model after model to buck the trend in a world gone SUV crazy.

One of the latest models to roll off the production line is the new Golf eHybrid, which offers customers an alternative to a pure electric motor.

Up until now, the GTE was the only offering Volkswagen had in terms of a plug-in hybrid Golf.

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Volkswagen Golf e hybrid 2021

Volkswagen Golf e hybrid 2021

Volkswagen Golf e hybrid 2021

However, it seems that there has been huge demand from the customers seeking an alternative to this model.

Sitting beneath the 245bhp GTE, the new 204bhp eHybrid model is offered exclusively in luxurious 'Style' trim, meaning that this sprightly yet frugal new offering comes very well equipped with the latest technology.

The new Golf eHybrid is fitted with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that is located beneath the rear bench seat and is mated to Volkswagen's tried-and-trusted six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

It's no slouch either when you do need to put the foot down, and can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 6.7 seconds on to a top speed of 220km/h if you fancy picking up the maximum penalty points along the way.

Volkswagen claims that you can achieve a little more than 70km on the pure electric range. However, yet again I failed to get anywhere close to this during my week-long test drive.

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Realistically, you are looking closer to a little more than 50km on a full charge, which actually trumps some of the more expensive plug-in hybrids on the market.

I reckon if I were still commuting to my office in Dublin's city centre on a daily basis, I should almost get two full round-trips with touching a drop of juice.

Overall, I am delighted to see the much-loved Golf holding its own against the fleet of SUVs on our roads. I think it still has a long shelf-life left in it yet and will be around for many years to come.

Prices for the new Golf eHybrid start at €42,610 before SEAI grant. On-the-road prices start at €38,560 and this 'Style' model comes included with so much standard spec that I actually don't have enough room on the page to list them all.

Long live the Volkswagen Golf, I say.

Robbie

Farrell

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