The VW Golf GTE is one of the best-selling plug-in cars in the UK, with a mid-life refresh only adding to its appeal. Styling tweaks and upgraded equipment combine with a lower price to create a car that has all of the usual benefits of the excellent VW Golf, plus the extremely low running costs a PHEV can offer.
Offered as a five-door hatchback, the VW Golf GTE is quoted as capable of covering 31 miles on a single charge, putting it towards the top of the PHEV-range league table. The VW is eligible for the OLEV Category 2 Plug-in Car Grant, which reduces the cost of a new model by £2,500. Buyers are also likely to be eligible for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme grant, taking £500 off the cost of a fully installed EV charge point.
Next Green Car says: “The Golf GTE is a very good PHEV, a true all-rounder that’s practical, easy to drive, and nicely balanced between sporty and comfortable.”
Find out more in the below Zap-Map VW Golf GTE charging guide.
VW Golf GTE Range
Official NEDC Range
VW Golf GTE
Electric only31 miles
VW Golf GTE
Electric only25 miles
* Combined range using both petrol and electric (from a single full charge)
VW Golf GTE Charging inlets
Like most PHEVs, the VW Golf GTE is only able to use slow and fast chargers – there is no rapid charge capability. As such there is one inlet which, in the case of the VW Golf GTE, uses the Type 2 charging standard.
|Type 2 – Slow & Fast|
VW Golf GTE Charging times
Below is a table showing approximately how long it will take to charge a VW Golf GTE. Times are for a 100% charge, but it is worth noting that these times are only a guide as PHEV drivers will often not use an entire charge to complete their journey.
Other factors that might vary the charging time – either reducing it or extending the time taken – include the issue of battery capacities having upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as maximum charge approaches.
The VW Golf GTE is fitted with a 3.6 kW on-board charger. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a higher maximum output, the VW Golf GTE will only be able to accept up to 3.6 kW.
|Fast 22kW||Fast 7kW||Slow 3kW|
|2:15 hours - 0-100%||2:15 hours - 0-100%||3:45 hours - 0-100%|
How much does it cost to charge a VW Golf GTE?
The table below shows a high level estimate of cost to charge the 8.7 kWh battery pack of the VW Golf GTE at home – many public points are free.
|Type||Cost/kWh||Cost to charge*||Cost per mile|
|Home Standard||14p per kWh||£1.20||4.9 p/mile|
* Approximate cost to charge a VW Golf GTE from 0% to 100%. Actual cost dependent on charge remaining, usable battery capacity, and age of battery pack.
^ Cost per mile calculated on real-world range for a more accurate figure than one based on official figures.
The VW Golf GTE should only cost a little less than 4p per mile to run in electric mode, though that’s with a number of variables in your favour. Expect 5p-6p per mile for a more accurate real world cost, presuming that the majority of charging is done at home. Prices for a full charge are almost a worst case scenario, with many charges carried out before the battery of the VW Golf GTE gets down to 0%.
According to a Zap-Map survey, 85% of EV drivers charge their car at home, making it an important aspect of owning an electric vehicle. The most common level of charge for an EV to get down to before being charged at a public point is 21%-30%, with 60% of drivers surveyed starting charging between 11% and 40%. Only 10% of drivers regularly see a charge of 0%-10% before they start charging, though this figure is likely to be a little higher when considering only PHEV drivers because of the back-up provided by a petrol powertrain.
Charging a VW Golf GTE on public networks
The VW Golf GTE is able to be charged from public points, depending on network coverage. Charging will typically require a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, often supplied with the vehicle.
Costs vary network to network, but you can find out more by clicking on the button below, taking you to Zap-Map’s public network pages.
Charging a VW Golf GTE at home
Buying a VW Golf GTE will likely entitle you to an Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant. This will give you up to £500 off the cost of a fully installed charge point at home. Certain criteria need to be met, and off-street parking needs to be available too.
Costs vary depending on installer and charge point chosen, though you can find out more information by clicking on the button below.
Volkswagen has partnered with POD Point to offer guidance to home charging points and installation when buying a new Golf GTE. Customers don’t have to buy a charge point from this supplier, but it means the process will be a little more streamlined, and organising an installation can be started at the dealership. There are a number of different points and prices on the market so it is worth shopping about beforehand so you know what’s on offer.
How to charge a VW Golf GTE
The VW Golf GTE is available with a single charging standard – a Type 2 socket found behind the ‘VW’ badge on the centre of the car’s front grille.
There is one socket for the Type 2 connector, which is used for charging at home or in public. The cables will have a Type 2 connector at one end to plug in to the Golf GTE, and either a typical three-pin plug for any UK mains socket, or a Type 2 connector at the other for a home unit or public points.
This Type 2 connector is used for home charge units and public charge points as the standard across the UK and Europe, allowing drivers to access charge points on the move.
Charging requires the user to simply plug the connector into the port, before the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at home or at some work place charge points, there is no further need to activate the charging process.
In public though, there will usually be an activation process needed. Depending on the charge point provider, this will often be an RFID card or smartphone app, usually linked to an account you have already set up. Once activated, the car and charge point will have the same ‘conversation’ as when plugged in at home, before starting the charging process.