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Volkswagen e-Golf

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.

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Volkswagen e-Golf. Image: Google UK

Design

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.

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Volkswagen e-Golf. Image: Google UK

Performance

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.

Verdict

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

Volkswagen e-UP

Volkswagen have got involved in the electric car market but it has work to do to overtake or even catch established brands such as Tesla, Renault and Nissan. Its e-Up is one of its first attempts to make its mark on the EV world and comes after the company realised that customer demand was becoming large enough to justify the production of an electric car. Will the e-Up give VW the gee-up it needs in the EV market? Read on to find out.

Volkswagen e-UP exterior

Volkswagen e-UP . Image: Google UK

Design

Volkswagen has not gone wild with its design and looks like one of its typical cars. It has an 81bhp motor that sits up front and the 230kg battery pack is in the floor to ensure a lower centre of gravity than in a ‘traditional’ car. Aside from instruments for charging and eco-orientated items, the interior looks just like a regular VW model.

Performance

It is rather slow from 0-60 at 12.4 seconds but it does have instant torque so it still manages to feel fast on the road. It weighs more than 1,100kg but the ride quality is good and the handling is pretty reasonable. The steering is a tad annoying since it doesn’t deliver much in the way of feel but many EVs have the same issue.

There are three driving modes: normal, eco and eco plus with each subsequent mode reducing power and electrical systems. Its theoretical range is 99 miles but this can fall to 50-75 miles in winter. A standard plug takes about nine hours to completely charge the car from 0% but a supercharger can manage this in 30 minutes!

Volkswagen e-UP interior

Volkswagen e-UP. Image: Google UK

Verdict

As it is likely to cost around £22,500 before any Government grant helps out, it does seem rather expensive for what you get. However, the e-Up is a tidy vehicle if you mainly drive short distances and want to join the low carbon emissions revolution. Overall, the e-Up is a decent electric car but there are many better choices.

  • Rating 3.5/5
  • Cost: £22,500 ($37,000)
  • Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPG): 67.3MPG
  • Official Driving Range (Miles): 93 miles
  • Standard Charging Time (Hours): 9 hours or 30 minutes with supercharger
  • Practicality (Seats & Doors): 3 or 5 door hatchback
  • Engine Size: 1.0L I3 petrol, 60Kw electric motor
  • Engine Power: 54bhp with 210 Nm torque
  • Transmission: 5 speed manual; 5 speed automatic
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 12.4 seconds
  • Top Speed (mph): 84mph
  • NCAP Safety Rating: 5/5
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