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Our Fleet Test Drive: Volkswagen Golf GTE - 8th report

Date: 07 June 2016   |   Author:

When trying to fit my bike rack to our Golf, I nearly came a cropper thanks to Volkswagen's build quality recently,

Training for a slightly ambitious combination of London-Brighton and the 100-mile RideLondon events means I've been spending almost as much time on two wheels as four recently, and so my bike has become a regular accompaniment on any trip where I can be dropped somewhere and then ride home.

But the Golf's tight shut lines, a sign of good build quality, meant getting the bike rack hooks attached to the top of the boot was something of a struggle. In the end they were persuaded to attach, but getting them off again once I'd caught up with the car back at base was even worse, especially after 32 miles of hilly Kent and Sussex countryside.

I've taken custody of our GTE for a while because previous occupant Guy Bird was finding the motivation to use London's public electric charge points isn't as strong when you only get 20 miles from a charge as opposed to the 50-plus miles he attained with the BMW i3 he ran previously.

My 35-mile commute and ability to charge at home and work is more conducive with the strengths of a plug-in hybrid, and we've increased the average mpg from the low 30s to a high of 59.4mpg.

The current tank is running at what the trip computer says is 102mpg, although that will drop as I take longer journeys in preparation for my two long-distance bike rides.

Volkswagen Golf GTE

Mileage 10,672
P11D price £33,700 (excl. £2500 Government Plug-in Car Grant
Forecast/actual cost per mile 61.9p/69.8p
Our average consumption 40.1mpg
Official combined consumption 166.0mpg


  • Shut lines - a sign of good build quality
  • Good shut lines make it tricky to fit bike rack