How GTE engines work

The Golf GTE’s turbocharged petrol engine and high-torque electric motor make a fast, efficient team.

Golf GTE

How does the Golf GTE’s battery work?

Inside the hard outer casing of the Golf GTE’s high-voltage lithium-ion battery you’ll find 96 345V interconnected cells, organised into modules. Designed especially for electric and hybrid vehicles, these high capacity cells store energy and make it available to the electric motor while you drive. The Golf GTE is also equipped with a 12V support battery. 

How efficient is the Golf GTE’s petrol engine? 

The Golf GTE’s 1.4 litre TSI (turbocharged straight injection) petrol engine combined with the electric battery gives you an impressive average 166 miles per gallon. Producing from 38g/km CO2, it’s no less smart on emissions.

What does the GTE button do? 

Here’s the fun part. The GTE button activates the full power of the TSI engine in dynamic combination with the electric motor, allowing the Golf GTE to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 138 mph – ideal for overtaking. The driving profile switches to ‘sport’ mode, for more spontaneous acceleration, firmer steering and a internal sound actuator. 

Does the Golf GTE actually create energy? 

Every time you decelerate while driving the Golf GTE – in any driving mode – that energy is fed back into the battery. This ‘energy recuperation’ means that on long journeys, the Golf GTE actually recharges the battery.

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