The 2017 e-Golf offers 125 miles on a single charge, but for a hefty pricetag
Since its launch in 2014 the e-Golf has been at the forefront of the German manufacturer’s electric vehicle offering, but with the pace of electrification picking up across the company’s models, it may not be keeping up with the competition.
In its latest guise the e-Golf has increased battery capacity and revised styling. It is available to order in the UK from today at specialist e-Retailers, priced at a punchy GBP32,190 RRP, or GBP27,690 with the Plug-in Car Grant included.
Volkswagen has enhanced the efficiency of e-Golf, reportedly boosting driving range by 50% compared to the outgoing model. The bulk of this has been achieved via additional battery capacity, which has risen from from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. This offers a quoted range of 186 miles (under the NEDC rating), although the company notes that real-world range is “effectively 124 miles” – meaning the e-Golf is unlikely to touch the Bolt or the Model 3.
Power is increased to 100 kW, or 136 PS. This is up 15 kW in comparison to the previous generation e-Golf, offering boosted performance. 0 to 62 mph time is now 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 93 mph. Torque is boosted from 270 Nm to 290 Nm. As before, drive is via a single-speed gearbox.
A smaller battery does however mean faster charging. Using a 40 kW DC rapid charger connection can charge the battery from empty to 80% full in just 45 minutes, which isn’t bad going. Alternatively, charging from empty to full from a wallbox charging takes approximately 5 hours 20 minutes.
Taking a leaf out of Tesla’s book, Volkswagen also offer a Car-Net app for e-Golf owners to access various functions of their vehicle. They can start or stop the air conditioning from outside the car, even when it’s locked. They can also set the preferred time for charging to start and stop. And the most recent parking location of the e-Golf is displayed at the touch of a button.
The exterior of the five-door car features all-LED lights at the front and the rear. The lighting is further enhanced with the flowing indicator function at the rear, where the orange indicator light ‘sweeps’ across the tail lights.
Volkswagen’s e-Golf has traditionally been built in Wolfsburg in Germany, but is now being produced in Dresden as well, at Volkswagen’s so-called ‘Transparent Factory’.
It’s encouraging to see improvements in the range and battery capacity, and a post-grant price of GBP28,000 puts the Golf just into the affordable category. However, with longer-range models already on the market for not too much more, even bigger improvements will be needed if VW is to take the fight to its rivals.