The Volkswagen New Golf 8 Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback: The Complete Guide

Volkswagen Golf 8 PHEV

Overview


Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position to become the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles.  The automotive company currently has a number of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale.



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The Volkswagen Golf 8 PHEV Hatchback


The Volkswagen Golf 8 (Mk8) hatchback is the eight generation of the iconic VW Golf hatchback series. VW Golf cars have been sold since 1974. The Golf has won a number of prestigious motoring accolades over the past 6 decades. The latest iteration of this best-selling vehicle, the Golf 8, was launched in 2019 in Germany. The Golf GTE variant is a high-performance PHEV of the VW Golf and is built on the Volkswagen MQB platform. PHEVs are perfect for individuals and families:

  • Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving
  • Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling
  • Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations
  • Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis
  • Keen to save money

It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.

The Volkswagen plug-in electric hatchback has a 13.0 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 40 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the e-hatchback, expect a real world range closer to 35 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The VW plug-in electric car is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode. You can lease the PHEV via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Simply follow the link below to enquire.

Volkswagen Golf 8 Plug-In Hybrid
The Volkswagen Golf 8 PHEV Available For Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: VW)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol/Electric (1.4 TSI eHybrid)
Available In UK:Yes

Trim (2 Options)
Style (from £25,550)
GTE (from £36,010)

PROSCONS
A practical and spacious family hatchback that is environment-friendlyElectric range is limited
Cheap to run on zero-emission electric rangeCheaper hatchback PHEV alternatives available
An enhanced exterior styling of this iconic hatchbackInfotainment system can be improved

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (13.0 kWh)
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:21-25g (CO2/km)
Battery Warranty:3 years or 60,000 miles

Dimensions
Height (mm):1484
Width (mm):1789
Length (mm):4287
Wheelbase (mm):2630

Golf 8 Style
EV Battery Capacity:13.0 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):40 miles
Fuel Consumption (mpg):313.2 (combined)
EV Operation Efficiency (Wh/km):137.07
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Top Speed:138 mph
0-62 mph:7.4 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,590
Colours:10

Golf 8 GTE
EV Battery Capacity:13.0 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):40 miles
Fuel Consumption (mpg):253.4 (combined)
EV Operation Efficiency (Wh/km):144.65
Charging:DC rapid charging not available. On board charger 3.6 kW AC
Top Speed:139 mph
0-62 mph:6.7 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):245
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Unladen Weight (kg):1,624
Colours:8

Volkswagen Golf 8 Plug-In Hybrid
The Volkswagen Golf 8 PHEV Available For Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: VW)

Volkswagen Golf 8 Plug-In Hybrid
The Volkswagen Golf 8 PHEV Available For Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: VW)

Volkswagen Golf 8 Plug-In Hybrid
The Volkswagen Golf 8 PHEV Available For Lease Via e-zoomed (credit: VW)

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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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