201bhp eHybrid adds new entry-level car to plug-in Golf range

Since the e-Golf was discontinued, the Volkswagen Golf GTE has been the only plug-in version of the Mk8 car, until now. VW has launched the Golf eHybrid which slots in beneath the GTE with a slightly less powerful PHEV system, but also a more affordable price tag.  

The 201bhp PHEV powertrain that is the main point of differentiation between the Golf eHybrid and GTE can already be found in the SEAT Leon e-HYBRID. For Volkswagen, the new PHEV Golf is being aimed squarely at the fleet market, offering competitive BIK rates alongside the dependability and all-round competence of the regular ICE version.  

Powertrain and performance 

The eHybrid combines VW’s 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, boasting 147bhp, with a 114bhp electric motor to generate a total system power of 201bhp and 258lb-ft of torque. The latter figure is available from near zero rpm, making the powertrain very flexible in its power delivery.  

A sprightly 0-62 dash of 7.4 seconds and top speed of 137mph mirror the Leon e-HYBRID’s stats and like the Spanish car, should make the Golf eHybrid a decent steer. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via VW’s six-speed DSG transmission. 

Official electric range is very decent at 44 miles, delivered thanks to the 13kWh lithium-ion battery. This can be charged at up to 3.6kW via a wall box in just over 3.5 hours. From a regular wall socket, a full charge could be done at work or over the course of an evening, taking five hours from empty. On the WLTP test, the Golf eHybrid emits just 21g/km of CO2 and delivers 235mpg, which means a 7% BIK rate for business owners. 

Tech, spec and features 

The Golf eHybrid will come in ‘Style’ spec to start with and features a decent level of kit as standard. VW’s Digital Cockpit Pro is complemented by a Discover Media navigation system which includes internet, streaming services, DAB+ radio and mobile connectivity, complete with a wireless charging pad. Road signs are displayed on the digital cockpit, and major features can be controlled via the multifunction steering wheel.  

In terms of driving aids, business drivers making trips down the M4 with a boot full of ink toners will enjoy the adaptive cruise control and lane assistant, as well as front assist autonomous emergency braking – for when they don’t notice the traffic jam while fighting their way into a Ginsters. The start/stop system incorporates energy recuperation to claw back charge for the battery, whilst Car2X tech can warn drivers of nearby traffic or road closures.

Price and availability 

Order books are already open for the Volkswagen Golf eHybrid, with the Style-spec car coming in at £32,995 on the road. 

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