The Volkswagen e-Golf is the all-electric version of the popular VW Golf. It looks almost the same, both inside and out, matches its standard sibling’s build quality but gets the huge bonuses of very low running costs and zero emissions.
The e-Golf has an official range of 186 miles, it’s exempt from both road tax and the London Congestion Charge and has a competitive starting price of £32,370.
Electric Motor & Handling
Volkswagen have made sure that the all-electric version of their much-loved Golf doesn’t alienate buyers with the way it drives. As a result, expect it to drive a lot like its standard siblings. On country roads, it feels just like a conventional car.
Volkswagen have had to tweak its suspension setup so that it can cope with its battery pack, but this is par for the course for all electric cars.
Ride quality can’t match the standard Golf, with unique tyres and wheels having a negative impact on this aspect.
The electric motor develops 134bhp and has a 0-62 time of 9.6 seconds, making the new e-Golf a second faster than last time.
In urban settings, the Volkswagen e-Golf is right at home, where its light steering comes its own.
The car comes with three different driving modes – Eco Plus, Eco and Normal. Eco Plus is designed to extend the car’s range.
A regenerative braking system is standard and it conserves energy and improves range by letting you drive the e-Golf without needing to use the brakes unless absolutely necessary.
Build quality is excellent and the e-Golf’s driving environment is very similar to the regular Golf.
- Quality – As mentioned, the e-Golf benefits from top notch build quality that matches the standard Golf. Volkswagen have on the whole upheld the original models upmarket, premium image with contrasting blue stitching, solid switch gear and excellent fit and finish.
- Comfort – The Volkswagen e-Golf isn’t as comfortable as the regular Golf, with its unique wheels and tyres reducing ride quality. The comfortable seats, however, offset this somewhat, as does the amount of room in the cabin.
- Insulation – Its cabin is a lot quieter than the petrol and diesel-powered Golf’s, but tyre roar and wind noise does pick up as you pick up speed.
- Space and Practicality – Passenger space is no better or worse than the standard model, which means rear legroom is particularly excellent. The car comes with five doors, felt-lined door bins are a nice touch, and even anyone seated in the middle should be able to get comfortable.
- Load Capacity – Its 341-litre boot is 39-litres than its standard sibling. Fold the rear seats and you can increase it to 1,231-litres.
This is where electric cars shine, and the Volkswagen e-Golf – with its super low running costs – is no different.
- Its battery has an official range of 186 miles. That’s achievable on a good day, but when the conditions are colder, the heating systems will drain the battery and 120 miles might be the best it can do on the back of a single charge.
- Using a public fast charger, buyers can charge the battery by 80% in 45 minutes.
- Charging will set you back just a few quid.
- The Volkswagen e-Golf boasts zero emissions, it’s exempt from the London Congestion Charge and road tax, and has a BiK rating of 9%.
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