New Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In vs New Volkswagen Golf GTE Comparison 2017

Facelifted Golf GTE is one of the most performance-focused plug-in hybrids on the market.

The year 2040 is some way off, but the Government’s planned ban on cars powered only by petrol or diesel is already causing quite a stir. Whatever the outcome, though, the electrification of cars is gathering pace, and the number on offer in the UK is growing fast.

The Hyundai Ioniq is the first car to be available with three different electrified powertrains: a regular petrol-electric hybrid, an electric vehicle (EV) and the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) we’re testing here.

The Plug-in is the last of the three Ioniqs to go on sale. It offers a competitive combination of a 26g/km CO2 output and the promise of a driving range of 31 miles on electric power alone.

Its challenger here is the Volkswagen Golf GTE, which makes similar claims and recently received a facelift along with the rest of the Golf range, giving it a revised look and an upgraded infotainment system.

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