Last week I had the chance the test drive the soon to be released VolksWagen Golf GTE.
This plug in hybrid performance hatchback is very impressive, powered by two engines, a 1.4 litre 150 PS petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor, going through a six speed DSG gearbox... which as I say in the video, 'just does stuff.'
No need to change gear although the steering wheel has paddle shifters, I never used them.
So, VW figures are as follows, 0 - 62 in 7.6 seconds
Top speed, 138 mph.
Top speed electric only, 81 mph.
Battery is 8.8 kWh, charges in 2.5 hours from domestic wall box (16 - 32 amps).
Possible 188 mpg and 35gm/km CO2
Kerb weight 1,542 kg.
Price, not been verified but around £28,000 after govt grant of £5,000.
Available to order in November 2014, deliveries March 2015.