Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf /
Volkswagen Golf GTI
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Production 1974–present
Assembly Wolfsburg, Germany
Puebla, Mexico
São José dos Campos, Brasil
Body and chassis
Class Compact car / Small family car (C)
Body style
Predecessor Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Golf ( listen ) or Volkswagen Golf GTI is a small family car produced by the German manufacturer Volkswagen since 1974, marketed worldwide across seven generations, in various body configurations and under various nameplates – as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada (Mk1 and Mk5), and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico (Mk1).

The original Golf Mk1 was a front-wheel drive, front-engined replacement for the air-cooled, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive Volkswagen Beetle. Historically, the Golf is Volkswagen's best-selling model and the world's second best-selling model, with more than 29 million built by 2012.[1]

Most production of the Golf was initially in the 3-door hatchback style.[2] Other variants include a 5-door hatchback, station wagon (Variant, from 1993), convertible (Cabriolet and Cabrio, 1979–2002, Cabriolet, 2011–present), and a Golf-derived notchback sedan, variously called Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Vento (from 1992) or Volkswagen Bora (from 1999). The cars have filled many market segments, from basic a personal car, to high-performance hot hatches.

The Volkswagen Golf has won many awards throughout its history. The Volkswagen Golf won the World Car of the Year in 2009, with the Volkswagen Golf Mk6 and in 2013 with the Volkswagen Golf Mk7. The Golf is one of only three cars, the others being the Renault Clio and Opel/Vauxhall Astra, to have been voted European Car of the Year twice, in 1992 and 2013.[3] The Volkswagen Golf has made the Car and Driver annual 10 Best list multiple times. The Golf Mk 7 won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 2015, and the Mk1 GTI also won the award in 1985 (due to it being built in Pennsylvania.)

Nameplate etymology

Despite numerous sources suggesting that the Golf nameplate is derived from the German word for Gulf Stream[4] during a period in its history when VW named vehicles after prominent winds or currents (as with the Passat (after the German word for Trade wind), Jetta (after the Jet stream), Bora (after Bora) and Scirocco (after Sirocco)[5]) or that "Golf" is a sport theme-related name as shared with the Polo and Derby a 2013 report by former VW advertising copywriter Bertel Schmitt, says that after consulting knowledgeable VW sources including Dr. Carl Hahn, former Volkswagen of America Chief and WP Schmidt, former sales chief at Volkswagen no conclusive evidence suggests that Volkswagen employed a naming theme for its then new front-drive, water-cooled vehicles; nor that the names trace etymologically to any particular theme; nor that any naming system "was ever announced, either officially or confidentially."[6]

First generation (MK1/A1, Typ 17; 1974–1983)

First generation A1 (17)
Also called VW Rabbit (United States)
Volkswagen Caribe (Mexico)
Production 1974–1983
Body and chassis
Platform Volkswagen Group A1 platform
Related Volkswagen Jetta Mk1
Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk1
Volkswagen Golf 3-door (Europe)

In May 1974,[7] Volkswagen presented the first-generation Golf as a modern front-wheel-drive, long-range replacement for the Volkswagen Beetle. Later Golf variations included the Golf GTI "hot hatch" (introduced in June 1976 with a fuel-injected 1.6 engine capable of 110 mph), a diesel-powered version (from September 1976), the Jetta notchback saloon version (from October 1979), the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet (from January 1980) and a Golf-based pickup, the Volkswagen Caddy.

The Golf Mk1 was sold as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico.

A facelifted version of the Golf Mk1 was produced in South Africa as the Citi Golf from 1984 to 2009.[8]

Second generation (MK2/A2, Typ 19E/1G; 1983–1992)

Second generation A2 (1G)
Production 1983–1992
Body and chassis
Platform Volkswagen Group A2 platform
Related Volkswagen Jetta Mk2
Volkswagen Corrado
SEAT Toledo Mk1
Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk2
Volkswagen Golf CL (Portugal)

September 1983 saw the introduction of the second-generation Golf Mk2 that grew slightly in terms of wheelbase, exterior and interior dimensions, while retaining, in a more rounded form, the Mk1's overall look. Although it was available on the home market and indeed most other left-hand drive markets by the end of 1983, it was not launched onto the British market until March 1984. The original Golf had been one of the few front-wheel drive hatchbacks sold in Britain and indeed anywhere else on its arrival a decade earlier; by this stage, however, virtually every major manufacturer was producing a Golf-like hatchback.

The MK2 GTI featured a 1.8 8-valve fuel-injected engine from its launch, with a 16-valve version capable of more than 120 mph being introduced in 1985.

In 1985, the first Golfs with four-wheel-drive (Golf syncro) went on sale with the same Syncro four-wheel-drive system being employed on the supercharged G60 models, exclusively released on the continent in 1989 with 120 kW (160 bhp) and ABS braking.

A Mk2-based second generation Jetta was unveiled in January 1984. There was no Mk2-based cabriolet model; instead, the Mk1 Cabriolet was continued over the Mk2's entire production run.

Third generation (MK3/A3, Typ 1H/1E; 1991–1998)

Third generation MK3 (1H/1E)
Production 1992–1998
Body and chassis
Platform Volkswagen Group A3 platform
Related Volkswagen Vento
Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk3
Volkswagen Golf CL (Australia)

The third-generation Golf Mk3 made its home-market début in August 1991 and again grew slightly in comparison with its immediate predecessor, while its wheelbase remained unchanged.

New engines included the first Turbocharged Indirect Direct Injection (TD) diesel engine in a Golf, and a narrow-angle 2.8 L VR6 engine. EPA estimate 9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpg-imp (26 mpg-US) (city) or 7.4 L/100 km; 38 mpg-imp (32 mpg-US) (highway), with 420 km (261 mi) per tank (city) and 584 km (363 mi) per tank (highway). For the first time ever, a Golf estate (Golf Variant) joined the line-up in September 1993 (although most markets did not receive this model until early 1994). At the same time, a completely new Mk3-derived Cabriolet was introduced, replacing the 13-year-old Mk1-based version with a body style similar to that of the Mk3 Golf from 1994 to early 1999. The Mk3 Golf Cabrio received a Mk4-style facelift for the late 1999 model and was continued until 2002.

The notchback version, called VW Vento (or Jetta in North America), was presented in January 1992.

It was European Car of the Year for 1992, ahead of PSA's new ZX model and GM's new Astra model.

The Mk3 continued to be sold until 1999 in the United States, Canada and parts of South America, also in Mexico as a special edition called "Mi" (Golf CL 4-door, added A/C, special interiors, OEM black tinted rear stop lights, and ABS, no OEM radio) ("Mi" ("i" in red) stands for Multipoint Injection and the 1.8 L engine was upgraded to 2.0).

Body badge emblems included: GL, CL, GLI, GTI, G60, VR6, 8V, and 16V

The hatchback was replaced in Europe in the autumn of 1997 by the MK4 version (which was launched on the UK market the following spring), with the estate being replaced some 18 months later.

Fourth generation (MK4/A4, Typ 1J; 1997–2003)

Volkswagen Golf Mk4 (1J)
Production 1997–2003
Body and chassis
Platform Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform
Related Volkswagen Bora
Volkswagen Lavida
Audi A3 Mk1
Audi TT Mk1
SEAT León Mk1
SEAT Toledo Mk2
Škoda Octavia Mk1
Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk4
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 Generation (Australia)

The Golf Mk4 was first introduced in August 1997, followed by a notchback version (VW Bora or, in North America, again VW Jetta) in August 1998 and a new Golf Variant (estate) in March 1999. There was no Mk4-derived Cabriolet, although the Mk3 Cabriolet received a facelift in late 1999 that comprised bumpers, grill and headlights similar to those of the Mark 4 models.

As had happened with the earlier three versions of the Golf, the UK market received each version several months later than the rest of Europe. The hatchback version was launched there in the spring of 1998 and the estate some 12 months later (around the same time as the Bora).

New high-performance models included the 3.2 L VR6-engined four-wheel-drive Golf "R32" introduced in 2002, its predecessor the 2.8 L VR6-engined "Golf V6 4Motion" (succeeding the 2.9 L Mk3 "Golf VR6 Syncro"), as well as use of the famous 1.8T (turbo) 4-cylinder used in various Volkswagen Group models.

As of 2008, certain variants of the Golf/Bora Mk4 were still in production in Brazil, China, and Mexico. Revised versions of the Mk4 were sold in Canada marketed as the Golf City and Jetta City from 2007 to 2010. The two models were VW Canada's entry-level offerings. They received a significant freshening for the 2008 model year, including revised headlamps, taillamps, front and rear fascias, sound systems, and wheels. Both models were offered only with the 2.0 L, 8-valve SOHC four-cylinder gasoline engine, rated at 86 kW (115 bhp). They were the only entry-level offerings with an optional six-speed automatic. Production of the European variant of the Golf Mk4 ceased at the end of the 2003 model year. Production of the U.S version ended in 2006.

When the Chinese market Bora received a July 2006 facelift, the Golf did too, becoming the "Bora HS" in the process.

The MK4's popularity and low cost has allowed it to remain in production in several countries, including Brazil and Argentina, with minor cosmetic changes.

Fifth generation (MK5/A5, Typ 1K; (2003–2009)

Volkswagen Golf Mk5 (1K)
Production 2003–2009
Body and chassis
Platform Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35) platform
Related Volkswagen Jetta Mk5
Volkswagen Eos
Volkswagen Scirocco Mk3
Audi A3 Mk2
SEAT León Mk2
SEAT Toledo Mk3
SEAT Altea
Škoda Octavia Mk2
Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk5
Volkswagen Golf Comfortline (Australia)

The Golf Mk5 was introduced in Europe in the autumn of 2003, reaching the UK market in early 2004. In North America, Volkswagen brought back the Rabbit nameplate when it introduced the vehicle in 2006. In Canada, the Golf is still the prevalent nameplate of the fifth generation (though Rabbit and Golf have both been used historically). The North American base model is powered by a 2.5 L five-cylinder engine, which produced 112 kW (150 hp) in 2006 and 2007, but was upped to 127 kW (170 hp) in the later models. A GTI version is powered by a turbocharged version of the 2.0 TFSI engine, producing 147 kW (200 PS).

Volkswagen also introduced the "Fast" marketing idea for the US market, "dedicated to the 'fast' that lives inside every driver". Drivers who purchased new GTI Mk5s from a dealership were shipped a model of said Fast (a plastic figurine), which employs GTI-like features. The GTI version is the only version on sale in Mexico.

The saloon/sedan version, again called Volkswagen Jetta in most markets, is assembled in Germany, South Africa, as well as Mexico. (In Mexico this car is known as Bora.) It was followed in 2004 by a new Golf Variant. The front ends of the car are the same, with the only difference being that the GLI is a sedan, while the GTI is a hatchback.

Later models of the Mk5 introduced the 1.4 TSI turbocharged petrol engine with front-wheel drive.

In a comparison test conducted by Car and Driver Magazine, the Volkswagen Rabbit S was named the winner among eight small cars. While it was praised for its excellent driving position, fine instruments, and strong engine, it was criticized for having high levels of road noise, uncomfortable seats, and poor fuel economy. Though, the final verdict stated, "This one is all about driving pleasure, so it wins." The Rabbit also placed first in their final comparison in December 2006.

The Golf Plus was also introduced in 2004. This was a slightly larger version of the Golf Mk5 with a higher roofline.

VW Golf GTI W12

In 2007, VW built a concept car based on the Golf Mk5 featuring a 6.0 litre W12 engine from a Bentley Continental GT with a Volkswagen Phaeton Gearbox. The engine was twin-turbocharged and tuned to provide an extra 150 kilowatts (200 bhp), giving 478 kilowatts (641 bhp). Volkswagen claimed that the car could accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.7 seconds. The Golf GTI W12 was rear wheel drive, using a six-speed automatic gearbox. The body was extensively modified to carry the engine, widened and given a rear spoiler to improve handling. The W12 engine was placed in the middle of the car to improve the car's grip.[9]

Sixth generation (MK6/A6, Typ 5K; 2008–2013)

Volkswagen Golf Mk6 (5K)
Production 2008–2013
Body and chassis
Platform Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35) platform
Related Volkswagen Jetta Mk6
Volkswagen Scirocco Mk3
Audi A3 Mk2
SEAT León Mk2
SEAT Toledo Mk3
SEAT Altea
Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk6
Volkswagen Golf 77TSI (Australia)

Volkswagen based the Golf Mk6 on the existing PQ35 platform from the Golf Mk5.[10] This vehicle was debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.[11]

The Mk6 Golf was designed by Volkswagen's chief designer Walter de'Silva. The design is said to be more aerodynamic, helping fuel efficiency, and is quieter than its predecessor. Following criticism of the downgraded interior trim quality of the Mk5 Golf in comparison to the Mk4, Volkswagen opted to overhaul the interior to match the quality with the Mk4 Golf, while maintaining the same user friendliness from the Mk5. The car is also cheaper to build than its predecessor; Volkswagen claims it consequently will be able to pass these savings on to the customer.[12]

The MK6 Jetta was released in Mexico in mid-2010, and by late 2011 will be available in all markets around the globe. Turbocharged Direct Injection diesel engines which use the common rail direct injection will replace the longstanding Pumpe/Düse (PD) Unit Injector system. New on the Golf, is the optional Volkswagen Adaptive Chassis Control (not available in the North American market), which allows the driver to select between 'normal', 'comfort' and 'sports' modes, which will vary the suspension, steering and accelerator behavior accordingly.[13]

The Mk6 Golf is available with both 5- and 6-speed manual transmission, and 6- or 7-speed DSG (Dual Clutch) transmission options. In North America, the MK5 version was originally sold as the Rabbit from 2006-2009. In 2010, Volkswagen brought back the Golf nameplate with the mid-cycle refresh. With it came a 130 kW (170 hp), 2.5 liter I-5 with 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) of torque and a 2.0 liter, 100 kW (140 hp) turbocharged I-4 clean diesel engine that generates 320 N·m (236 lb·ft) of torque. The GTI version is equipped with a 157 kW (211 hp) turbocharged I-4 TSI gasoline engine while the Golf R has a 191 kW (256 hp) turbocharged TFSI I-4 engine. All three engines can be paired with a DSG dual-clutch 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission in either a 3- or 5-door configuration.

The car was introduced for sale in the UK in January 2009,[14] and in North America in October 2009 as the 2010 Golf, rather than Rabbit.[15] The Mk6 also reintroduced a diesel engine option to the North American market.[16]

The Volkswagen Golf Mk6 was a 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick.[17]

Seventh generation (MK7/MQB, Typ 5G; 2012–present)

Volkswagen Golf Mk7 (5G)
Production 2014–present
Body and chassis
Platform Volkswagen Group MQB platform
Related Audi A3 Mk3
SEAT León Mk3
Škoda Octavia Mk3
Volkswagen Passat Mk8
Volkswagen Tiguan Mk2
Main article: Volkswagen Golf Mk7
Volkswagen Golf 103TSI R-Line (Australia)

The seventh-generation Golf had its début in late 2012 at the Paris Motor Show.[18]

The Golf VII, Typ 5G[19] uses the new MQB platform, shared with the third-generation Audi A3, SEAT León and Škoda Octavia. It is slightly larger than the Mk6 while managing to be approximately 100 kg lighter, depending on engine choice. The GTI will offer a 154 kW (207 hp) turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder with an available performance pack to raise the output to 217 bhp.[20] The Golf R now has a 218 kW (292 hp) turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder with Haldex Traction all wheel drive

A version of the GTI dubbed the GTI Clubsport making 261 horsepower was released in 2016. A variant of the Clubsport called the Clubsport S currently holds the record for the fastest front wheel drive car around the Nürburgring.

The Golf line is available in all the relevant drive systems: the Golf TSI, including GTI, is petrol-powered; Golf TDI, including GTD, is diesel-powered; the Golf TGI is powered by compressed natural gas (CNG); the e-Golf is powered by electricity; and the Golf GTE is a plug-in hybrid. The use of a modular transverse matrix assembly kit enables the manufacturing of Golf models with gasoline, diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid drives from bumper to bumper at Volkswagen factories.[21]

In November 2016, Volkswagen has revealed a facelifted version to the 3 door hatchback, 5 door hatchback, 5 door estate, GTI and GTE, in addition to a new "R-Line" Golf. With those models, comes a new economical engine: 1.5TSI EVO which produces 130 or 150 hp and replaces the 1.4TSI. The updated GTI version now features a 230hp engine as standard (220hp previously) or 247hp in the optional performance pack (230hp previously). In terms of interior technology, the Golf now features a 12.3" TFT display as an option that is familiar with Audi models and known as "Virtual Cockpit", full LED lights, animated tail indicators as an option (also used in Audi models), etc.

Electric versions

The VW Golf has had several generations made into electric CityStromer models. The first of these was in the 1970s, when VW took a standard Golf Mk1 and converted it to electric power. By the time the Golf Mk2 came into production a limited number of electric Golfs were made, using lead–acid battery packs and a custom-made motor and controller. VW continued with the production of limited numbers of CityStromer electric cars with the introduction of the Golf Mk3. The electric CityStromer Mk3 included a Siemens-based AC drive system, and lead–acid battery packs. They had a maximum speed of 97 km/h (60 mph) and a range of approximately 80 km (50 mi).[22] With a few exceptions, only left-hand drive Golfs were converted by VW into Citystromer models. These vehicles are still used today and have popularity in mainland Europe with only a few present in Great Britain. Only two right-hand drive Mk2 CityStromers were built for the UK market and it is believed only one remains today. It is owned by EV advocate and broadcaster Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield, host of Transport Evolved.[23]

Golf Variant Twin Drive

As part of the "Fleet study in electric mobility" project that began in 2008, VW developed 20 Golf Variant twinDRIVE plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. These research vehicles have an all-electric range of 57 km (35 mi) and the internal combustion engine provides for a total range of 900 km (560 mi). The plug-in hybrid drive of the Golf Variant twinDRIVE is equipped with either an 11.2 kWh or a 13.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, as Volkswagen is testing packs from two vendors. Ten vehicles are equipped with batteries from the American-German manufacturer GAIA with cathode type nickel cobalt aluminium dioxide (NCA). The other ten are powered by lithium-ion batteries with nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) cathodes from the Korean-German joint venture SB LiMotive (Samsung and Bosch). These 10 vehicles have been in use since early 2011. Both battery systems offer high power and energy density. They each weigh about 150 kg. The gasoline engine is used to support the electric heating system when outdoor temperatures are low.[24]

Using guidelines for determining the fuel consumption of plug-in hybrids, VW estimates a fuel consumption of 2.1 L/100 km (112 mpg US), which is equivalent to 49 g/km CO2. When the battery is fully charged, the Golf Variant twinDRIVE is designed to maximize the share of pure electrical energy used for driving, and only when longer distances are driven does the share of supplemental gasoline fuel increase. Top speed of the car is 170 kilometres per hour (110 mph) and it accelerates to 100 km/h in under 12 seconds. When operated in pure electric mode, the Golf Variant twinDRIVE can reach a top speed of 120 kilometres per hour (75 mph).[24]

The production version was expected to be based on Mk6 Golf featuring a 1.5 L turbodiesel engine and electric motor, with estimated arrival date of 2015.[25] A SEAT León prototype with the Twin Drive system was also under development.

Volkswagen e-Golf

Golf blue-e-motion concept electric motor.

The Golf blue-e-motion concept has a range of 150 km (93 mi).[26] Volkswagen scheduled a field testing program with 500 units to begin in 2011.[27][28] The first 10 units began field testing in Wolfsburg in May 2011.[29] A second batch of 80 test cars began testing in June 2011 in Berlin, Hannover and Wolfsburg.[30] In February 2012, the first e-Golf, as the production version was renamed, was delivered in Belmont, California. A total of 20 e-Golfs will be allocated to the U.S. field testing program.[31]

The Golf blue-emotion concept has a 26.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and is powered by an 85 kW electric motor which drives the front wheels through a single speed transmission. It will accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.8 seconds and have a top speed of 138 km/h (86 mph).[30] Paddle shifters are used to adjust the amount of regenerative braking. The vehicle's PRNDL stick has an additional 'B' mode as found on some other electric vehicles to set the regenerative braking effort to the maximum for sustained downhill travelling.

Production version

The production version of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.[32] According to VW the e-Golf has a practical all-electric range of 130 to 190 km (81 to 118 mi), with an official NEDC cycle of 190 km (120 mi), and the winter range is expected to be 80 to 120 km (50 to 75 mi).[33] The 2015 e-Golf has an official EPA rated all-electric range of 134 km (83 mi), and a combined fuel economy of 116 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (MPGe) for an energy consumption of 29 kW-hrs/100 mi. The EPA rating for city driving is 126 MPGe and 105 MPGe in highway.[34] Production of vehicles destined for retail customers began in March 2014.[35]

Markets and sales

On 14 February 2014, Volkswagen launched sales of the e-Golf in Germany, with pricing starting at €34,900 (~US$47,800).[33] On 11 March 2014, Volkswagen opened ordering for the e-Golf in the UK, and announced pricing of GB£30,845.[36] UK deliveries began at the end of June.[37]

Volkswagen e-Golf

In Norway, the e-Golf became available for pre-order on 25 February 2014 for delivery in June 2014. Over 1,300 cars were ordered that same day.[38] By 3 March 2014, nearly 2,000 cars had been pre-ordered.[39] Prices range from NOK 251,800 (~US$42,000) for the basic model to NOK 302,000 (~US$50,000) with all available options,[40] comparable to the cheapest petrol and diesel models.[41] The basic package includes equipment which is optional in other countries, such as a DAB+ radio receiver, heated front seats and a heated windshield. The VW e-Golf was the top selling plug-in electric car in July 2014 with 391 units sold and representing 34.4% of the Golf nameplate sales (1,136), which was Norway's top selling new car that month.[42][43] The e-Golf was again the top selling electric car in August 2014 with 467 units sold, representing 43.4% of the Golf nameplate sales that month (1,075). In two months and a half a total of 925 Volkswagen e-Golf cars have been sold in Norway, surpassing initial Tesla Model S sales which delivered 805 units during its first two months in the Norwegian market.[44][45] European sales totaled 3,328 units in 2014.[46]

In April 2014, Volkswagen announced that the U.S. version of the 2015 e-Golf would not have a liquid-cooled battery pack because strict testing showed high ambient temperatures did not affect battery performance.[47] U.S sales were slated to start on selected markets in November 2014 at a price for the SEL Premium model starting at US$35,445 before any applicable government incentives, plus US$820 destination and delivery.[48] However, the first delivery of an e-Golf actually happened on 31 October in California.[49] During the month of November 2014, the first full month of sales of the vehicle, Volkswagen of America sold 119 units,[50] and a total of 357 units were sold through December 2014.[51] In January 2015, the e-Golf started to show up at dealerships throughout the Northeast.[52]

Sales in Europe totaled 11,214 units in 2015.[46] The e-Golf, with 8,943 units sold, was the best-selling plug-in electric car in Norway in 2015, representing 34.7% of the plug-in segment sales, ahead of the Tesla Model S (4,039) and the Nissan Leaf (3,189).[53] The e-Golf variant represented 54.6% of total new VW Golf sales in Norway in 2015.[54] As of December 2015, a total of 19,131 units have been sold worldwide, with 14,542 in Europe[46][55] and 4,589 units in the U.S.[51]

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport at the IAA 2015

The Golf GTE is a plug-in hybrid version of the Golf hatchback unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The Golf GTE shares the basic powertrain hardware with the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron but the software controls are different.[56] The Golf GTE also shares the same plug-in hybrid powertrain with the Volkswagen Passat GTE, but the Passat has a larger 9.9 kWh Li-ion battery pack.[57]

The GTE is powered by a 1.4 litre (148 hp, 110 kW) TSI direct-injection gasoline engine combined with a 75 kW electric motor powered by a 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery, enabling the plug-in hybrid to deliver an all-electric range of 50 km (31 mi) and a total range of 933 km (580 mi). The all-electric mode can be activated at the push of a button. Under the New European Driving Cycle, combined fuel economy is 1.50 L/100 km (157 mpg-US) equivalent. The Golf GTE has a top speed of 217 km/h (135 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 7.6 seconds.[58]

The GTE release to retail customers was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014.[21] The first units were registered in Germany in August 2014.[59] The Golf GTE, with 1,695 units sold, was the best-selling plug-in hybrid in France in 2015, representing 30.3% of the segment sales.[60] With 17,300 units sold in Europe in 2015, the Golf GTE ranked as the second top selling plug-in hybrid after the Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV (31,214).[61] According to JATO Dynamics, a total of 18,397 units have been registered in Europe through December 2015.[61]


In auto racing, APR Motorsport has led two MKV VW GTI's to victory in the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Street Tuner (ST) class.

Volkswagen emissions scandal

Volkswagen Golfs are among the models included in the September 2015 Volkswagen emissions scandal in which Volkswagen manufactured and installed in their diesel vehicles a software program that manipulated the cars' vehicle emissions control during testing, thereby violating numerous countries' regulations.[62] The program caused the vehicles' nitrogen oxide (NOx) output to meet US standards during regulatory testing but emit up to 40 times more NOx in real-world driving.[63]

Awards and recognition

See also

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