It is a shame that the 2023 VW Golf GTE will not be available in the US car market. That decision comes from the official Volkswagen of America. The focus of the manufacturer for the US market remains the Golf GTI and R. A fundamental thing that leads to the decision on this vehicle in the US is the expensive batteries. More things concerning its cost for the US market are also there to deny this car in America. It does not mean that the vehicle is not good at all.
The GTE version of Golf has its primary market in Europe. It can be one of the best 2023 hybrid cars for sure by checking on its performance. The vehicle comes with a combination of an electric motor and a petrol engine. The electric motor has a battery that could move the car up to 40 miles. That is a pure electric power capability without using its petrol engine at all. Some consider that the lithium-ion battery can even provide up to 43 miles of driving range.
Joining the electric motor is a 1.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine. Combined, those are powerful enough to boost up to 242 horsepower. That peak power is similar to the one in any variant of GTI. Therefore, it is reasonable for the 2023 VW Golf GTE to retain that combination. The mix of those two machines is currently powering the 2023 year model version of the GTE. That makes it perfect for fans of VW Golf who want to experience a twist of the plug-in hybrid vehicle.
When it comes to the VW Golf GTE exterior, it is similar to the GTI for sure. The concept of a hot hatch in Golf is a thing that people love. Therefore, Volkswagen should stick with its design of the vehicle. Nobody will be able to tell the difference between the GTE and GTI. There can be some tweaks that make it even better for the 2023 version. Some would love to see a little bit of Passat in the exterior design of the GTE.
Unfortunately, the car has many rivals within the same range of its price. It comes at a similar cost to the Cupra Leon eHybrid. Other automobiles which are cheaper than the GTE include Seat Leon eHybrid, Mercedes A250e, Skoda Octavia iV, and Audi A3 TFSle. The 2023 VW Golf GTE may not be too far away from its 2023 version pricing.