As well as releasing the e-Up, Volkswagen has decided to bring the e-Golf on to the market. Will VW conquer the EV market or does it fall short with its latest offering? Read on to find out more.
It seems as if electric cars have to be uniquely designed to stand out from the crowd judging by recent releases but the e-Golf does not follow this pattern. Indeed, it is difficult to distinguish it from the internal combustion engine versions of the Golf in terms of design. This means the e-Golf has the same level of high quality engineering details so you get the same range of seat adjustment, driver position and gear lever as the other Golf versions.
The e-Golf is cleverly designed to reduce the loss of space since a specific platform is used to fit the 24kWh battery beneath the front and rear seats and along the centre tunnel of the vehicle. A conventional key is used to start up and while the torque goes right from the start like all electric vehicles, there is little in the way of motor whine.
The e-Golf’s transmission is silky smooth and accelerating around bends is a pleasurable experience while the car’s handling and balance is exceptional despite the presence of a 318kg battery pack. There are also different levels of brake regeneration in the transmission and all three are fairly gentle.
One of the few downsides of the e-Golf is its limited range of 90 miles which is decent but less than some of its rivals. As you might expect, the battery gets thrashed when you operate at high speeds but lots of energy gets recovered when driving on back roads for example. It takes 13 hours to charge using a 3-pin socket and 8 hours to charge with a 3.6 kW wallbox fitted to a domestic supply. A supercharger can have it 80% charged in 35 minutes however.
The e-Golf’s battery pack has a 100,000 mile or 8 year warranty and VW claims its battery should be at 80% capacity after 10 years of use. Aside from the moderate range, the e-Golf is a terrific automobile and one of the best electric cars on the market. It looks great, handles beautifully and carries all the hallmarks of great Volkswagen car manufacture and design.
- Rating 4.5/5
- Cost: From £25,845 including UK grant ($41,000)
- Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPG): estimated at 199mpg
- Official Driving Range (Miles): 90 miles (VW claims 118 miles)
- Standard Charging Time (Hours): 8 hours
- Practicality (Seats & Doors): 5 doors, 5 seats
- Engine Size: 85kW
- Engine Power: 113bhp
- Transmission: Single-speed, mechanical with integrated differential and mechanical parking brake
- Acceleration (0-62mph): 10.5 seconds
- Top Speed (mph): 87mph
- NCAP Safety Rating: 5 stars