The plug-in hybrid model, which offers all of the performance of Volkswagen's GTI and GTD models, has environmental credentials which place it amongst the most fuel-efficient cars on the market today.
"This is a car that really offers everything you could ask for in one package," said Paul Burke, Operations Director for Volkswagen Passenger Cars. "The GTE is first and foremost a Golf, which is Ireland’s best-selling car for a reason - it's comfortable, beautifully built and practical, but by combining a 1.4-litre TSI engine with an electric motor, you get a car that is both potent when it comes to performance and incredibly fuel-efficient."
The Golf GTE combines a 1.4-litre TSI engine putting out 150 PS and twins this with a 102 PS electric motor. The result is a combined power output of 204 PS and theoretical range of 930 km. The GTE can run on electric power alone for up to 50 km at speeds of up to 130 km/h using no fuel at all, but also works in tandem with the petrol engine to produce fuel economy figures of up to 1.6 l/100km (166 mpg) and CO2 emissions of just 39g/km. With 350 Nm of torque, this is the same figure as the Golf GTI and the 0-100km/h figure of 7.5 seconds is the same as that of the GTD.
In terms of styling the GTE takes many of the styling cues of the GTI, but where the GTI uses red accents throughout, the GTE uses blue accents. Items such as 18" wheels, a sports rear diffuser and LED lights front and rear mark it out as a performance model.
Order books for the GTE are open now, with deliveries set to start in July priced at circa €38,495.
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