Costs for petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric cars
What would the differences be in cost per mile and day-to-day realities between the GTE (plug-in hybrid), e-golf (electric), 1.5 TSI (petrol) and 2.0 TDI (diesel) versions of the Volkswagen Golf? Much of my driving involves 100-mile-plus trips on motorways and dual carriageways. What Car? says
This is becoming a common question, so we’ve examined the cost of ownership of a range of petrol, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars at whatcar.com.
The petrol Golf would be the cheapest to own for three years, but there’s not much in it; the e-golf would cost just £621 more. Provided you’ll have enough juice to get to work and back or can charge there, it’s an appealing option. In fact, if you can charge at work for free or on a cheaper tariff at home, it could cost the least overall.
Your high mileage and large proportion of motorway driving make the plug-in hybrid the priciest, because it won’t manage more than 30 miles before its batteries are flat, and then you just have an overweight petrol Golf. That’s why the GTE got just 34.1mpg in our True MPG test.