The Volkswagen Golf GTE is an unusually fun hybrid, but it falls short of being an electrified GTI.
Volkswagen has taken the basic idea of a sports-focused hybrid and condensed it into a practical package that s a lot more affordable.
I m not talking about a futuristic concept or a prototype, either; the Golf GTE has been on sale across Europe – where it s one of the best-selling plug-in models – for over two years.
However, Volkswagen of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken told me that the brand s top executives are debating whether or not to send the GTE across the pond in the not-too-distant future.
The Golf GTE is closely related to the Audi A3 e-tron.
Its gasoline-electric drivetrain is built around a 1.4-liter four-cylinder TSI engine that provides 148 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.