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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE

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The new Golf GTE, a plug-in hybrid fitted with a 1.4-liter gasoline turbo four-cylinder and an electric motor for a combined output of 201 horsepower. With its E suffix, this Golf suggests a blending of efficiency and sportiness. The GTE is touted as a sibling of the fun-to-drive Golf GTI and GTD models.

It's engine, electric motor, and transmission are fully shared with the recently introduced Audi A3 e-tron, but VW was the leading partner in the development of this powertrain. As with the Audi, you can choose a pure E-mode for electric-only operation; a wide-open-throttle boot will override it should you find yourself needing to make a swift departure. 

The GTE is perhaps as rewarding a plug-in hybrid as we’ve experienced. Compared with, say, a Toyota Prius plug-in, the GTE simply plays in another league.

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