Review of the 2016 VW Golf GTE: Performance Features and Specs
Possessing exceptional driving characteristics with strong acceleration and impressive handling, a refined, versatile and roomy interior, and cutting-edge automotive technology, the Volkswagen Golf has long given its owners a thoroughly enjoyable driving experience. And for even more impressive performance and better fuel economy, Volkswagen recently unveiled the 2016 Golf GTE, which is a hybrid plug-in version of the standard Golf.
The 2016 GTE builds upon the existing engine design of the Volkswagen Golf, and fuses it with elements of the Audi A3 E-Tron. It’s turbocharged engine delivers a total 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from its gas and electric powertrain. Additionally, it achieves a respectable 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds.
The Volkswagen badge on the front grille flips open to reveal a charging receptacle. With 3.5 hours of charging from a home outlet, the Golf GTE can draw 31 miles of EV-only range. Working in conjunction with the the gas engine, the drivetrain is capable of delivering a very impressive 584 miles of range.
The 2016 Golf GTE certainly debunks the myth of hybrids being low-performance vehicles, especially with the ability for it to go into GTE mode. With a press of the GTE button in the center console, the Golf GTE achieves livelier acceleration and slightly heavier steering. While going into GTE mode will certainly result in lower fuel economy, it’s nice to know that you can make the Golf GTE go all out when you desire maximum driving performance.
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Available in the United States?
American consumers who wish to get their hands on the 2016 Golf GTE will unfortunately have to wait for now, for its currently only available in Europe. However, excellent Golf models such as the standard Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R and e-Golf are available in the U.S. Be sure to follow us on the Capistrano Volkswagen Blog for additional news and information on the Golf GTE and other Volkswagen models.