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Our Fleet Test Drive: Volkswagen Golf GTE - 4th report

Date: 15 March 2016   |   Author: Guy Bird

The good thing about plug-in hybrids is that you don't need to worry about charging up with electricity to ensure a journey's completion.

The admittedly smaller-than-standard 40-litre petrol tank still ensures a decent range all by itself (it's been good for 275 miles lately), but while range anxiety has been banished, it has occasionally been replaced by 'un-needed local air-emission anxiety' instead.

Because the bad thing about plug-in hybrids such as the Golf GTE is that a fully topped-up battery only adds up to 31 miles of electric range at best, thus making the process of finding public charging stations - that are working, available and with a provider you have a card for - less of a necessity than with a fully electric or range-extender model (like our previous BMW i3).

Consequently, one can fall into the trap of not powering up regularly with electric power and denting your mpg and eco plug-in halo in the process (we've barely topped 30mpg so far). Without the benefit of off-street parking at home, one of our new year's resolutions is to more keenly plan routes with public charging points in mind and visit friends and relatives with off-street parking. 

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Mileage 7692
P11D price £33,700 (excl. £2500 Govt. Plug-in Car Grant and options fitted)
Forecast/actual cost per mile 61.9p/73.3p
Our average consumption 27.9mpg
Official combined consumption 166.0mpg

Verdict


  • Electric option
  • Comfy interior
  • Not using electric option enough
  • Real-world mpg

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