Volkswagen has announced two new plug-in hybrid versions of the eight generation Golf: The Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE. This means that two Golf models are now available as plug-in hybrid models for the first time. The Golf eHybrid is designed for maximum comfort and delivers an output of 204 PS. The price in Ireland: from €42,330*. With an output of 245 PS, the Golf GTE offers outstandingly sporty performance, combining both power and efficiency. Sales of both models are starting now.
The new Golf plug-in hybrid versions feature a 50 percent-higher energy capacity (13 kWh) compared with the plug-in hybrid Golf Mk7. When the battery is charged, the Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE start electrically and with zero local emissions. The Golf eHybrid covers up to 71 kilometres fully electrically under WLTP, while the Golf GTE boasts a locally zero-emissions range of up to 64 kilometres under WLTP.
The E-MODE allows all-electric driving on country roads and motorways. The TSI petrol engine is automatically switched on at higher speeds – depending on the activated hybrid mode, driving profile or charge level of the battery. Both models feature a 6-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox as standard. On longer journeys, electric energy can be reserved for driving into a built-up area so that driving in the city is possible with locally zero emissions.
Volkswagen offers the Golf eHybrid in the “Style” equipment version, which features 3-Zone Air Care Climate Control, Keyless Access Advanced, a rear-view camera, ArtVelours microfleece seat coverings and ‘Travel Assist’ with lane keeping system, ‘Emergency Assist’ and ‘Traffic Jam Assist’, with the eHybrid gaining additional standard equipment such as a Windshield Head-Up Display, IQ Light Matrix Lights and Taillights, 16” eHybrid alloy wheels, Advanced high-beam control, Dynamic light assist, Dynamic Cornering Lights, Dynamic turn signals in front and rear and a poor weather light. With CO2 emissions of just 21g/km, it sits in Tax Band A1, with €170 annual motor tax.
The Golf GTE will be offered as an independent model and it boasts a high level of standard equipment including 17” ‘Richmond’ alloy wheels, GTE-specific body-coloured bumpers, 10-inch ‘Discover Pro’ radio system with a clear glass touchscreen and 8 speakers and a Windshield Head-Up display. The GTE offers the best of both worlds, with acceleration similar to the new Golf GTI (6.7 seconds to 100km/h), and a CO2 figure of just 36g/km (€170 Annual Motor Tax) and is capable of returning 1.6l/100km (WLTP).
Carzone - 08-Oct-2020