The upcoming 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid is the fifth version of the popular model that is available in Europe for sale for the £28,035. It was presented during the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. It looks like it won’t be sold in the North America. Let’s see what it has to offer.
Design of 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE
The new 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid looks almost identical as the 2015 VW GTI model, with a few minor differences. I’ve merged photos of the two models, so you can compare them. See the picture above. The only difference that I can see are slightly different front grille and air intake at the front bumper, blue accents on the grille, and new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. You can optionally choose 17- and 18-inch wheels. All other details, such as side skirts, tailgate-mounted roof spoiler, dual LED headlights and taillights are borrowed from the GTI model. I am not sure if GTE has C-shaped daytime running lights on each side of the bumper, which can be found on the e-Golf, but it is also worth mentioning as one of the features of the plug-in hybrid model. What at first glance may not be noticed is the battery charging port. It is hidden behind the VW emblem in the grille.
The interior of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE is rather simple, but it still has a couple of gadgets. In the photo below first thing that you will notice is a big 6.5-inch touchscreen display. It can provide you with a host of information, such as driving range, energy flow, zero-emission stats, traffic details, you can connect it with your smartphone and view media files. It also comes standard with a composition media radio, but for additional cost you can upgrade it to have a GPS navigation and the “Discover Pro” audio system. Some controls can be activated via the steering wheel, that is wrapped in a leather. Behind it there are tachometer and speedometer. Between these gauges, there is a small display that shows additional details, e.g. which mode is activated. The interior is black with blue accents and stitching on the gear lever, seats, steering wheel and floor mats, to match the color on the front grille. Ambient light is also blue.
PHEV Engine, Specs, Performance
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid is powered by two powertrains. First, there’s a gasoline 1.4-liter four-cylinder TSI engine that can produce 148 horsepower. An electric motor, powered by an 8.8 kW Li-ion battery, is housed inside a 6-speed dual-clutch direct-shift transmission, and develops 101 horsepower. Both engines are able to develop a total of 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The battery can be charged via a conventional plug in just 3 and a 1/2 hours, or up to 2 and a half hours via a charging station. It allows the car to travel up to 31 miles on electricity alone at a max speed of 81 mph (~130 km/h). The automaker stated that an overall range is about 584 miles. When both engines are active, the GTE can reach the top speed of 135 mph (~217 km/h). From the point of rest, it can reach a speed of 62 mph (~100 km/h) in just 7.6 seconds. As for the fuel economy, by European standards, the car is rated at 157 mpg combined, which means that it consumes approximately 1.50 liters per 100 km.
Golf GTE Release Date, Price
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE made its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. In the United Kingdom, its price starts at £33,035, but given that all PHEV vehicles are subject to the Government’s grant in amount of £5,000, its total price can be trimmed to £28,035. It looks like it won’t be available in the United States, but never say never.
In this photo gallery you can see more images of the new PHEV model.
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