2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid Priced in Germany From €36,900. Won’t Head to U.S.

Volkswagen’s upcoming 2015 Golf GTE — the plug-in hybrid variant of Volkswagen’s iconic Golf hatchback — will go on sale in Europe later this year for €36,900 ($48450), including purchase tax of 19 percent.

That’s according to German website AutoBild, which says the plug-in hybrid 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE will cost just €2,000 more to buy than the all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf.

The Golf GTE has been priced at €36,900  in its home market of Germany.

The Golf GTE has been priced at €36,900 in its home market of Germany.

Designed on the same flexible Volkswagen MQB platform as the rest of the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf family, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE has been designed with both fuel efficiency and performance in mind. Joining the GTi and GTD petrol and diesel hot hatch performance models, the GTE sports a total power output of 201 horsepower and 258 pounds feet of torque.

That’s enough to accelerate the Golf GTE from 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds, faster than the all-electric e-Golf and similar to the 0-62 time of the BMW i3 and BMW i3 REX.

With an on-board 8.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and 75 kilowatt electric motor, the Golf GTE has a claimed all-electric range of 50 kilometres (31 miles) on the NEDC test cycle. Real world range is likely nearer to 20 miles for most drivers, but that’s still enough to handle the majority of work commutes for a large number of Europeans. A full recharge takes around 2.25 hours.

In all-electric mode, the GTE operates much the same as its all-electric sibling, offering a range of driving modes designed to give the driver as much control over efficiency as possible. When the battery pack is empty however, the Golf GTE’s 1.4-litre engine kicks in, offering range-extending capabilities and a total range in excess of 600 miles per fill.

 

The Golf GTE's cabin is inspired by the GTI and GTD performance models

The Golf GTE’s cabin is inspired by the GTI and GTD performance models

With a six-speed DSG transmission, the Golf GTE can also reach a top speed of 138 mph where allowed, making it a practical choice for Europeans who regularly want to travel longer-distance on Germany’s Autobahns but can’t afford an all-electric Tesla Model S.

It’s worth noting that while the Volkswagen e-Golf and Golf GTE will be available across Europe making the Volkswagen Golf the most versatile vehicle brand on sale today in terms of engine choices, the Volkswagen Golf GTE won’t be headed to the U.S.

That’s because Volkswagen is focusing on its all-electric e-Golf in the U.S., with only the Golf GTE’s sibling — the up-market Audi A3 Sportback e-tron — entering the market early next year.

As it happens, we’ll be driving the Golf GTE tomorrow in Zurich, Switzerland as part of its official European launch. Although we got a sneak peak earlier this year, we’ll be using this launch to put the Golf GTE through its paces on a variety of different roads.

But what about this hot plug-in hatch would you like us to check? Are there any features you’d like our verdict on?

Leave your requests in the Comments below.

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  • vdiv

    GM/Opel should give the GTE some run for the money and reintroduce the second gen. Volt/Ampera in the European market at a lower price. u20ac36,900 is a lot of dough, both can do better.nnThe e-Golf will not be a success in the US, not with all the competition brewing in the 80-mile EV market. It is probably not intended to be a success as it is a compliance car. The GTE however does have the potential to generate interest and it is rather foolish for VW not to offer it states-side.

  • Esl1999 .

    You can’t win them all.

  • D. Harrower

    I’m curious as to how the capabilities of the GTE change when the ICE kicks in versus running in EV-mode.nnOne would think responsiveness and power delivery could only suffer from this hand-off. For me, that’s the biggest hurdle to owning a car like that (aside from having an ICE at all); potentially inconsistent behavior. Why not just get an EV that drives in electric mode ALL THE TIME?

  • Terry Henderson

    Price is ridiculous. I’d go Chevy Volt and save $10,000… Get over yourselves!