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Order books open for updated Volkswagen Golf GTE hybrid

2017 Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen dealers are now taking orders for the updated Golf GTE petrol-electric hybrid.

The updated Golf GTE is now available with a choice of two new trim levels. The entry-level Golf GTE is joined by the new GTE Advance in a range line-up that now mirrors that of the award-winning Passat GTE.

UK Volkswagen director Alison Jones said: “The new Golf GTE – with its revised pricing and significantly enhanced appeal – perfectly represents Volkswagen’s ongoing commitment to offering accessible hybrid technology in an attractive and usable package.

“The updated Golf GTE, sitting alongside the rest of the 113-model updated Golf range, is more than ever a genuine alternative for everyday driving and we are looking forward to seeing more private buyers, and fleet users, take the opportunity to explore its capabilities on UK roads.”     

The hybrid powered five-door Golf comes with a 150 PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 102 PS (75Kw) electric motor for a system power output of 204 PS.

The total potential range of the Golf GTE is 514 miles and the GTE’s battery gives an all-electric range of 31 miles.

Official performance figures for the 204 PS Golf GTE show it capable of doing 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 138 mph.

CO2 emissions are 38g/km for the GTE and 40g/km for the GTE Advance, while combined fuel economy is 166 mpg for the GTE and 157 mpg for the GTE Advance.

Both the updated Golf GTE and Golf GTE Advance are equipped with full LED front and rear lights with sweeping indicators, ‘active info display’, and Volkswagen Car-Net App Connect functionality.

The GTE Advance adds 18-inch Marseille alloys, the updated Discover Navigation system, a winter pack including heated seats, 65% tinted windows, a front centre armrest and exterior e-sound.

The GTE offers four operating modes: ‘e-mode’, ‘GTE mode’, ‘battery charge’ and ‘hybrid’.  In pure electric mode, the Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles emissions free.  Electric power can also be saved – for example when driving to a zero-emissions zone. In electric mode, the GTE is capable of speeds of up to 81 mph.

The 8.7 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in 3.45 hours from a domestic mains outlet, or 2.15 hours from a domestic wallbox. The battery weighs 120 kg, giving a kerbweight of 1,615 kg.

The GTE also has an e-manager which allows the driver to preset vehicle charging, as well as interior cooling or heating. These functions can be operated remotely using the Car-Net app on a smartphone.

A full range of assistance and infotainment systems is also making its way into the Golf GTE.

The car is available for the first time with traffic jam assist (semi-autonomous driving up to 37 mph), the fully digital active info display and the optional discover navigation pro infotainment system including 9.2-inch display and gesture control. 

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