Volkswagen is electrifying its Golf MK8 by launching two plug-in hybrid versions: the Golf eHybrid and Golf GTE.
The new Golf eHybrid is more of a family hatchback, designed for the consumers’ comfort and daily commuters, delivering a power output of 150 kW, which is not bad at all for a family car. The E-Mode permits all-electric driving, giving it a range of 80 kilometers in full electrical mode.
However, the Golf GTE is more on the sportier side. It delivers a power output of 180 kW and boasts a zero-emissions range of up to 62 kilometers.
Both the Golf eHybrid and the Golf GTE come equipped with a TSI engine (turbocharged petrol engine) automatically switched on and off depending on the hybrid settings or charge level of the battery. The car then operates in economical Hybrid mode, giving it a high combined range of 870 km (NEDC) with the e-Hybrid and 745 km (NEDC) for the Golf GTE.
According to Volkswagen, the Golf eHybrid will be offered in the upscale style equipment version, and the GTE will be offered as an independent model with available customizations. Both hybrids pack an impressive amount of features and systems such as Digital Cockpit Pro, Discover Media navigation system, including streaming and Internet, DAB+.
If that’s not enough, they also come with a smartphone interface with an inductive charging function and voice control. The dashboard is lit up with a Dynamic Road Sign Display and boasts a multifunction leather steering wheel.
Advanced safety features include travel assistance for assisted driving of up to 210 km/h, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Lane assist system, Front Assist Autonomous Emergency Braking, Air Care Climatronic automatic air conditioner, start and stop system with brake energy recuperation, and a V2X warning system.
Apart from that, the cars also pack in a new Keyless comfort start function, LED Plus headlights and LED tail light clusters, and alloy wheels. The Golf GTE also comes up with additional details such as customized bumpers, customized sports seats with integrated head restraints, and a radiator grille with LED strips.
With all these exciting features, the cars are moderately priced. The eHybrid starts at 39,781.18€, while the sportier GTE has a base price of 41,667.40€.
Volkswagen is also set to release eight new plug-in hybrid variations of the Golf by the end of 2020.