Volkswagen has introduced the Golf Mk7 plug-in hybrid that’s set to go on sale in 2014. It is powered by the same drivetrain used on the Audi A3 e-tron. It is equipped with a 148bhp 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine mated to a 100bhp electric motor to achieve a combined output of 256lb ft of torque. It can reach a top speed of 138mph top speed and it can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.6sec.
The official EU test cycle indicates that the Golf is capable of returning 188mpg and of emitting 35g/km of CO2.
The MQB platform was designed to feature a modular rear structure into several various drive systems that could be accommodated in the same space. These include all-wheel drive, natural gas tanks and the hybrid variant’s battery packs.
A petrol engine and an electric motor with a six-speed e-S Tronic transmission comprise the hybrid transmission. The Golf can operate on just petrol, only electric, or with the two motors combined.
‘Boosting’ refers to the latter model. Notably, the drivetrain can enter the fuel-saving ‘coasting’ mode when the both motors are shut down. The Golf in pure electric mode is capable of going 31 miles and has a top speed of 81mph.