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Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid UK debut

Wed, 02 Apr 2014

The VW Golf GTE (pictured) gets its UK debut at the NEX next week

The Volkswagen Golf GTE – which VW see as a plug-in hybrid Golf GTI – was revealed in February ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show last month and is now heading for the Gadget Show Live at the NEC next week for its UK debut. With a 1.4 litre TSI petrol turbo producing 148bhp and a 101 bhp electric motor, the Golf GTE promises decent performance – 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds – daft official economy figures of 188 mpg and the ability to run on electric power only for up to 31 miles.

It’s an appealing combination for a Golf that can offer city running benefits with a turn of decent performance when the mood takes, although at a price likely to be north of £30k it’s not exactly a budget buy.

Also on offer from VW at the Gadget Show will be the Volkswagen XL1 – VW’s green supercar with emissions of 21g/km and economy of 313mpg – and the electric VW e-Up!, with VW offering short test drives in the e-Up! too.

All three of VW’s ‘Green’ offerings will be on show at the Birmingham NEC from 9-13 April (although, for some reason, the Golf GTE won’t arrive until the 10th) along with the best in tech from more than 200 exhibitors.



By Cars UK