Amongst the busier alternatively propelled companies, Volkswagen have a varied range of electric and hybrid cars.

Current PHEV range:

Golf GTE


The Golf claims 166mpg and 39g/km for CO2.The reality is obviously different, at a more likely 45mpg and thus a touring range of nearly 400 miles. It can get from zero to sixty in 7.6 seconds and has a claimed 31 mile battery-only range.



Powered by a one-litre engine, this prototype is designed to deliver 100km – 62.1 miles – on 0.9 litres of fuel, delivering 314mpg. It can also travel 15 miles in electric-only mode.

Coming Up:

Passat GTE


Due in 2016, Volkswagen’s latest plug-in hybrid comes in saloon and estate formats.

The new car has strong performance, accelerating from 0 to 62mph in around 7.5 seconds with a maximum speed of almost 140mph. Starting in E-Mode, the Passat can run in electric-only power at speeds of up to 80mph or a distance of up to 31 miles. Volkswagen claim a maximum driving range 645 miles.

Tiguan GTE

Due in 2017 and based on the MQB platform, with claims of a 31 mile electric only range and 170mpg.This car will spur long wheelbase and coupe variants.

Toureg GTE

Also due in 2017, expect similar range and mileage claims.

PHEV models no longer available:

Hybrid Touareg


Based on the Porsche Cayenne, but not as good. It is the only petrol-powered Touareg in the UK. This four-wheel-drive uber-SUV provides an electric only range of around 30 miles, but an economy of 34mpg which produces emissions of 193g/km. Only slightly making up for this is a 0 to 60mph of 6.5 seconds and a top speed just shy of 150mph. It is interesting that Volkswagens web site no longer lists this car, which is why it is listed here as ‘no longer available. The actual page that I provided the link to instead advertised various VW technologies, so I have removed it.

Current EV range:

e-Up, e-Golf

These are all-electric cars and so lie outside of the remit of this web site.

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