VW Golf GTE Is Much Faster to 100 KM/H Than Officially Claimed

VW Golf GTE Is Much Faster to 100 KM/H Than Officially Claimed 1 photo
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The guys at Automann TV have managed to convince Volkswagen to let them spend a whole week with one of their most interesting cars… ever. It’s called the Golf GTE and it’s an supposed to be a hybrid alternative to the GTI.
But that’s not the interesting part. During a couple of fast autobahn acceleration test runs, they got times which are much faster than what’s officially claimed. In pure electric mode without the 1.4 turbo kicking ing, it got to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds, just like a basic Golf with a 1.2 turbo engine. In GTE mode where all the power is available they got to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds, which is over a second faster than claimed.

We’re used to cars being slower than claimed, but we’ve never seen any that are this much faster.

The GTE is almost exactly as fast as a Golf GTI in the real world. The electric mode is also better than those of other similar models, like the Prius. The GTE lets you accelerate as an EV all the way to 130 km/h and apparently changes gears as well, which a single-gear Nissan Leaf can’t do.

But does that mean you should buy one? Apparently not. Automann say that if you plan the push it towards 200 km/h on the autbahn every day, the GTD will be much more economical. In the real world, fuel consumption for the electric Golf is about 7 to 7.5 l/100km, compared to 8.5 in the GTI and 6 to 6.5 in the diesel model.

There’s also purchasing price to consider here, with the GTI being much cheaper at €28,700, while the GTE is a massive €36,900. With petrol being so cheap these days, the GTI remains the true benchmark of real world practicality, with an engine that both flexible and extremely efficient for its class.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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