Ten Second Review
Volkswagen Golf GTE Lease Review - VW have been on an eco-friendly kick ever since it became the done thing for manufacturers, and this plug-in electric-hybrid drive Golf is no exception. This particular model gets the best of both worlds, powered by both the standard 1.4 litre turbo petrol engine and a battery-powered electric motor that can charge from a plug socket, producing 201bhp together and working nicely through the double clutch to provide a smooth drive.
A GTE, this is a definite hot hatch with a 0-60 speed of around 7 seconds and a top speed of 135mph, while an astonishingly low 35g/km of co2 output makes this incredibly attractive to fleet buyers. Moving further inside, this model is only available as a five door and is based largely on the GTI, albeit with bespoke 18 inch alloys as standard. You get a similar ride to the GTI, with the additional weight not a huge factor in the corners and the suspension tuned to soak up the bumps in the road. Accentuating this, the changeover between electric and polo engine is remarkably unnoticeable, making this a very practical model.
The style features daylight-running LED’s and blue details as opposed to the red GTI trim, while inside you get a unique dashboard which constantly shows you the electric battery’s range and which engine is running. Space is VW standard, which means lots. There’s no trouble with leg room throughout the cabin, while the boot is capacious and can handle a family’s luggage with ease, although smaller than the GTI due to the electronic battery.
VW have also not skimped on the standard equipment, throwing in a 6.5 inch colour screen which displays the DAB radio, Bluetooth and dials, while you get the battery-checking app as standard for your own phone. This will only ever be the green alternative, those looking for a true hot-hatch Golf will look to the powerful GTI, but those looking for a practical compromise with real green credentials will look very favourably on this chic model.