The new Volkswagen Golf has been launched, with two plug-in hybrid options available for buyers.
There will be no direct replacement for the outgoing e-Golf, though that is because of the imminent arrival of Volkswagen’s ID.3. The pure-electric hatch is Golf-sized and aimed to have the same impact on customers as the Golf does.
Returning is the Golf GTE, though with a greater emphasis on performance than before. It features the same power output as the existing Golf GTI.
A second Golf PHEV will join the range beneath the GTE, with similar power levels to the current model, but with a lower price to the new range-topper.
Both will feature the same 13 kWh battery and an electric-only driving range of around 37 miles on a single charge.
The rest of the new Golf is focused on tech, with vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity fitted for the first time.
Drivers will get updates from traffic lights and other cars for example, as to what is happening in the next 800 meters – improving efficiency, traffic, and safety.
The cabin features two large digital displays, both looking like a big step forward over the current – admittedly still excellent – systems.