VW Golf GTE hy­brid

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

VOLK­SWA­GEN pre­sented the new Golf GTE with a plug-in hy­brid drive at last month’s Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show. The Golf GTE op­er­ates with a com­bined con­sump­tion (NEDC for hy­brid ve­hi­cles) of 1.5 l/100 km (equiv­a­lent to 35 g/km CO2) as well as an all-elec­tric range of 50 kilo­me­tres; the to­tal driv­ing range of the 150 kW / 204 PS Golf GTE is 939 kilo­me­tres.

GTI, GTD, GTE. The name of the Golf GTE is in line with the ab­bre­vi­a­tions GTI and GTD - two sporty icons be­long­ing to the Golf range.

Back in 1976, the first GTI was the orig­i­nal in this class; to­day it is the most suc­cess­ful com­pact sports car in the world. The ‘I’ in the name GTI stood and stands for the elec­tronic fuel in­jec­tion. In 1982, the GTD united the GT con­cept with diesel fuel in­jec­tion for the first time; a sec­ond GT best­seller was born. The lat­est ver­sions of the two Golf sports cars - the GTI and the GTD - were in­tro­duced in 2013. Now, in 2014, Volk­swa­gen has trans­ferred its GT phi­los­o­phy of com­pact sporti­ness to a third model - the Golf GTE.

The new Golf GTE is driven by two en­gines: one 110 kW / 150 PS turbo di­rect fuel in­jec­tion en-gine (1.4 TSI) and one elec­tric mo­tor with 75 kW / 102 PS. These two en­gines com­bine to pro­vide the stated sys­tem power of 50 kW / 204 PS. If the elec­tric mo­tor is the sole source for propul­sive power, the Golf GTE is ca­pa­ble of speeds of up to 130 km/h. When the full power of the TSI is used, the GTE sprints to 100 km/h in 7.6 sec­onds; the Volk­swa­gen achieves a top speed of 217 km/h on Ger­man mo­tor­ways and race cour­ses. How­ever, the “V/max” is of sec­ondary im­por­tance. Of more sig­nif­i­cance is the su­pe­rior pulling power of the Golf GTE thanks to its al­liance of a petrol en­gine and elec­tric mo­tor that pro­duces a max­i­mum torque of 350 Nm. This torque sets this first “GTE” part from plug-in hy­brid mod­els from all other com­peti­tors in its class.

De­spite its power and torque, the Golf GTE re­mains one of the world's most ef­fi­cient cars. If you are mostly out and about on short routes daily, you can drive all-elec­tri­cally with zero emis­sions for weeks if nec­es­sary. In the evening, you sim­ply charge the bat­tery from an or­di­nary do­mes­tic mains out­let in about three and a half hours.

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