New Volkswagen Golf GTI, GTE and Style eHybrid available from UK retailers

The new Volkswagen Golf GTI
The new Volkswagen Golf GTI

Sporty GTI and frugal eHybrid versions of the new Golf are about to go on sale in the UK, alongside the Life, Match, Style and R-Line versions that are already available.

The legend reborn

The new Golf GTI offers more power than its predecessor as well as the latest technologies and sharp styling that were revealed earlier this year for the new Golf. With 265 PS – an increase of 20 PS over the previous GTI – the newcomer is capable of sprinting from zero to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds.

The comprehensively enhanced new GTI features Volkswagen’s latest IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, which have a range of 500 metres. There is also an illuminated Volkswagen logo at the front, as well as redesigned LED tail light clusters and striking 18-inch Richmond alloy wheels.

The impressive cabin space includes a revamped infotainment system that is controlled via a visually free-standing 12.9-inch touchscreen or the latest Volkswagen IDA voice assistant with ChatGPT integration. Premium sports seats featuring the distinctive GTI check pattern, along with additional red decorative stitching, emphasise the fact that this interior is unmistakably a Golf GTI.

The car is equipped with a seven-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG) as standard; gears can also be selected manually using paddles on the GTI-badged multi-function steering wheel, which now has physical buttons in response to customer feedback. Other standard features include keyless access, heated front seats, three-zone Climatronic air conditioning, rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist.

The Golf GTI can be ordered from 20 June for £38,900 RRP (on the road including VAT).

The best of both worlds

Volkswagen’s new plug-in Golf eHybrids are sure to catch the eye of those seeking style and performance with additional money-saving frugality.

Two variants are available: a Style trim that combines the benefits of electric driving with a 204 PS engine and six-speed DSG, plus the exciting GTE that comes with a punchy 272 PS engine and the same six-speed DSG. They use a new 1.5 TSI evo2 engine that features variable turbocharger geometry (VTG) and a highly efficient TSI-evo combustion process.

Both these newcomers combine electric power with the same head-turning good looks seen already with the latest Golf models, and the illuminated Volkswagen logo at the front. A new 19.7 kWh battery offers fast DC charging of up to 40 kW, and AC charging of up to 11 kW (previously 3.6 kW), with official electric-only ranges of 89 miles for the Style eHybrid and 82 miles for the GTE – meaning both cars offer everyday electric-only driving for the vast majority of customers. An attractive Benefit in Kind (BiK) rate of just five per cent will also appeal to company car drivers.

Other Style eHybrid features include three-zone Climatronic air conditioning, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist; the GTE adds keyless access, heated front seats, tinted rear glass, front fog lamps and cornering lights.

The Golf Style eHybrid can be ordered from 27 June for £36,760 RRP (on the road including VAT).

The Golf GTE can be ordered from 27 June for £39,750 RRP (on the road including VAT).

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