The plug-in hybrid GTE is the third GT in the Golf model series, following turbocharged GTI and turbodiesel GTD.

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Outside of the engine bay, the GTE's suspension upgrades are similar to those of the standard GTI.

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The GTE also features a different front bumper from the standard Golf.

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Under the hood, you'll find two engines. On the left is the 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and on the right is the electric motor.

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The gasoline engine is good for 148 horsepower and the electric motor contributes 101 horsepower.

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Calculating total maximum power isn't as simple as adding the two numbers and is stated at 201 horsepower. That's similar to that of the standard 2014 GTI's 2.0-liter turbo.

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Maximum torque is a different matter, topping out a 258 pound-feet. That's about 50 more pound-feet of torque than the standard 2014 GTI.

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The hatchback features blue GTE badging and accents.

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The standard wheels are 16-inch aerodynamic rollers with 17 and 18-inchers as optional upgrades.

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The GTE also stands out from the GTI and GTD where fuel economy is concerned, earning a European cycle estimate of 157 mpg. That very roughly translates to about 130 US mpg, though the testing cycles are not identical.

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The Golf GTE can be driven up to 31 miles in all-electric mode before the 1.4-liter gasoline engine needs to wake up and get to work.

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Inside, the GTE will look familiar to anyone who's ever peeked into a GTI's cabin.

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Power makes its way to the front wheels via a six-speed DSG automatic transmission that was developed specifically for hybrid vehicles and integrates the electric motor.

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The twin-gauge instrumentation features a special hybrid system meter in place of the standard tachometer.

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A flat-bottomed steering wheel with blue stitching integrates buttons for controlling the infotainment, paddles for the DSG, and a GTE badge.

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