New MQB structure
The Volkswagen Group has built a new MQB structure for all new passenger vehicles. The latest Golf was not excluded from that inclusion. The new structure has helped the company save money on developing cost. It is also designed to be more economical for the customer. All MQB architecture is designed to save the vehicle on MPG and on C02 running costs. This has been spread to all new models of Skoda, Audi and SEAT too.
Economy and performance
The turbocharged 1.4 TSI engine within the car will contain 4 cylinders along with a petrol engine. Altogether it will be able to produce 201 BHP. The electric motor weighs only 75lb. The gearbox has a twin clutch system on top of its own clutch which essentially disconnects when the vehicle is coasting. This helps to save running costs. The vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 – 62 MPH in just 7.6 seconds. Combined fuel consumption hits 188.3 MPG with the C02 emissions hitting 35g/km.
31 miles are able to be achieved through battery power only. Together with battery and power, 416 miles can be driven. Charging the battery to full power takes 3 hours.
No rev counter
In place of the rev counter comes a power meter which records how much power is being used and the energy flow of the vehicle.
Different drive modes
Drive modes in the car include electric-only, petrol only, Boost and charge mode. Boost mode adds more effort from both power sources. Charge mode allows the engine to charge the battery. Many would wonder if Boost mode is actually needed, given that it essentially defeats the object within the Plug-in vehicle.
New Audi A3 e-tron
The Audi A3 e-tron is set to arrive in the summer too, containing similar technology to the Volkswagen Golf Plug-in. Coming with a rotary engine it promises to be a revelation throughout the world. The top speed of the car is 138 MPH.
Weight of the Golf Plug-in hybrid
The total kerb weight is 1.5 tonnes. That’s not the best weight for a car of this type and the extra mass is felt when driving the vehicle. Over harsh surfaces and road bumps the car is not the most comfortable to sit in.
The Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion diesel may prove to be a better option for many.