Volkswagen is electrifying the eighth generation of the Golf with two new plug-in hybrid versions: The Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE. This means that no less than 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 GTE with plug-in hybrid drive
The new Golf plug-in hybrid versions feature a 50% higher energy capacity (13 kWh) compared with the plug-in hybrid drive of the Golf Mk7. This allows a wider electric range.
When the battery is charged, the Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE start electrically and therefore 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 64km kilometres under WLTP.
The E-MODE also permits all-electric driving on country roads and motorways. The TSI engine (turbocharged 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 gearbox DSG is responsible for gearshifts as standard.
On longer journeys, electric energy can be reserved for driving into a built-up area at the destination so that driving in the city is possible with locally zero emissions.
Volkswagen offers the Golf eHybrid in the “Style” equipment version, so comes with items such as 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 some 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.
Like the predecessor, the Golf GTE will again be offered as an independent model and comes with a very high level of standard equipment including 17” ‘Richmond’ alloy wheels, GTE-specific body-coloured bumpers, 10” ‘Discover Pro’ radio system with a clear glass touchscreen and 8 speakers and a Windshield Head-Up display.
The GTE can really offer the best of both worlds, with acceleration similar to the new Golf GTI (6.7 seconds to 100km/h), yet a CO2 figure of just 36g/km (€170 Annual Motor Tax) and capable of returning 1.6l/100km (WLTP).
With the new Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE, Volkswagen is launching the next models as part of a wide-ranging product offensive. The number of different models available in the eighth Golf generation will be extended as part of this offensive.
The introduction of the new Golf PHEV models supports Volkswagen’s Way to Zero strategy – the introduction and proliferation of vehicles that allow genuine, emission-free driving.
The Golf PHEV models join the existing Passat GTE and the soon-to-be-launched New Arteon PHEV, New Arteon Shooting Brake PHEV, New Tiguan PHEV and Touareg PHEV.
From a fully-electric point -of-view, the ID.3 has just launched in Ireland with orders now open for the 100% electric, 100% ID.4.
Both ID.3 and ID.4 models are also delivered to the end-user with a certified, carbon-neutral footprint to further reassure customers of Volkswagen’s commitment to zero-emission mobility.
*includes VRT rebate and SEAI grant for private customers