A round of Golf
Despite VW's recent emissions irregularities, their new hybrid Golf GTE is still an amazing car and delivers staggering fuel efficiency. It doesn't have a diesel engine so it's not affected by the current issues.
I've been looking for the right electric/hybrid vehicle for the last six months, and I think I've found the one I want.
The GTE is a hybrid, powered by a 1.4L petrol engine and a 75KW electric motor, so it's got better range than the Nissan Leaf.
The interior looks just like a Golf too, it doesn't have the space-age feel of the Tesla but there's everything you need. I'm really not a fan of the tartan seats - full leather would be an extra £1500 well spent.
Like any 200bhp car, it's fun to drive. By default it starts in electric mode so it pulls away quickly and silently. The car decides how to mix the electric and petrol side of things, so most of the time you can ignore it.
If you want a bit more fun there's a GTE button which engages fun mode (my term) and uses the petrol and electric motors together. This makes it really nippy, although the 1.4L petrol engine whines a bit at high revs.
VW claim that the car will do 166mpg, with a range of 31 miles on pure electric. The salesman who took me out for a drive said that he's got 150mpg out of it and doesn't have to put fuel in it very often, because he lives 20 miles from work.
Once the batteries get below a certain level, the car diverts a little energy from the petrol engine to keep them topped up.
This car ticks all my boxes. It's fuel-efficient but fun, and green without being boring.
|Model S 85D||BMW i3 REx||Nissan Leaf||Golf GTE
|Luggage space||Loads||Very little||Okay||Loads|
|Cost (my spec)||£62,800
Hole in one
So why haven't I got one yet?
Because it turns out that I'm not the only one looking for a new car.
They're totally sold out in the UK - the dealer said that the earliest they could supply one is next spring.
This isn't great timing, we've got plans that may clash with that, but if it doesn't work out I'll be placing an order!
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