Blue is the new green according to Volkswagen. The plug-in hybrid Golf GTE is a surprise package offering remarkable fuel consumption and pretty nippy performance. And for those who don’t want to shout ‘eco warrior,’ it’s also virtually identical in looks to the normal GTi with blue trim replacing the hot hatch’s red highlights.
You know that saying, ‘never judge a book by its cover’? Well you’re looking at the four-wheeled equivalent because this plug-in hybrid, half electric, half petrol-powered Volkswagen Golf GTE is not what you think it is.
It looks and feels like a Golf GTI, so you could be forgiven for thinking it is the legendary, 227bhp hot hatch and in fact if it wasn’t for the GTE badge and the blue trimming which replaces the red on the GTI, it is actually identical.
Yet, if you do know your eco cars and were aware of its electric propulsion because of its blue highlights and badging, you’d also be wrong in thinking that it was a slug away from the lights because VW claims it gets from zero to 100kmh in 7.6 seconds and tops out at 221kmh.
So in many ways the Golf GTE really is an enigma in the marketplace, being quite nippy with its performance but returning motor scooter-like levels of fuel economy at around 1.6 litres per 100kms and all the while not shouting to the world it’s green credentials with avant-garde styling like a Toyota Prius or first generation Nissan Leaf. [To be continued...]
W Golf GTE the Plug-in Hybrid car that thinks it’s a GTI
Going green is no longer an option when it comes to cars, it’s now a matter of how you’ll do it, so for those who don’t want to give up the old ways just yet, Volkswagen has a very cool alternative for fuel efficiency in the Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid that still thinks it’s a GTI.
Blue is the new green as you’ll find out here with the new VW Golf GTE that gets to 100kmh in 7.6 seconds, does 221kmh but can still run as a full electric car for the city and return you a motor scooter-like 1.6 L/100km ave consumption.
You know that saying, ‘never judge a book by its cover’? Well you’re looking at the four-wheeled equivalent in this plug-in hybrid car, half electric, half petrol-powered Volkswagen Golf GTE.
You could be forgiven for thinking it is the legendary, 227bhp GTI hot hatch and in fact if it wasn’t for the GTE badge and the blue trimming which replaces the red on the GTI, it is identical. [To be continued...]