Electric carmakers are always looking into the future, adding more features and rethinking the experience of driving itself. But the e-Golf is simple and keeps the original Golf design and also feeling.
It does though offer decent range and adequate performance in a familiar package. If you’re looking to make the transfer to an electric car but prefer a normal car instead of a spaceship on wheels, this is a great contender.
As you would expect there are some design changes to the e-Gold over the combustion engine counterpart.
- 16″ aerodynamic alloy wheels they improve efficiency and reduce drag
- Blue accent on the front grill
- Blue accent in the headlights
- e-Golf badging
- “C” shaped DRL’s
- Faux exhaust tips
These are the only changes that you can visually see that define it as an e-Golf
Inside, the familiar styling is present, anyone who as owned or driven a Golf will feel at home. Apart from the optional large driver’s display screen and the dashboard-integrated infotainment screen, this looks like a traditional car. The ergonomics from the driver’s seat are spot-on just as you would expect from Volkswagen.
The centre console has air vents at the top, infotainment screen below, climate control dials and buttons, and a cubby at the bottom. Everything feels well put-together. At the rear is where the batteries sit. But since they are located under the rear seats and in the boot floor, foot, leg, and headroom are the same as non-electric Golf. The e-Golf remains the large, friendly, and sensible hatchback just like the internal combustion Golf.
While the rear seat remains as spacious and comfortable as before, the boot has lost around 40 litres of space due to the battery.
Unlatch the tailgate using the oversized company logo, and it rises all the way up of its own accord on hydraulic struts no electronic trickery or foot waving involved.
The boot compartment is shallower than before, but it is as deep and wide as before. Overall a decent sized boot at at 340 litres.
On the technical sided the car has a 36kWh battery pack and as a result of that VW have given it a estimated range WLTP of 144 miles. VW claim:
That’s London to Brighton and back.
In our opinion, the Golf is more suited to shorter trips but is fully capable of doing the larger, longer journeys. Especially as it only takes 45 mins to charge the battery from 0-80% when using a rapid charger.
|Horse Power (BHP)||Torque (lb-ft)||0-62 mph||Top Speed|
|134 BHP||214 lb-ft||9.6 Sec||93 mph|
Here’s a quick run down of the technical specs you need to know.
Comparing the Golf with the less expensive Vauxhall Corsa e, the 60-mile difference in the two cars’ ranges seem to stump the e-Golf’s larger dimensions.
It’s a similar story with the Nissan Leaf. The latest entrants to the electric car market offer more economical electric mobility than Volkswagen’s big hatchback.
One thing to note is the e-Golf is based on the previous generation of the Golf. The new Mk8 Golf is on sale now. But there will never be an eighth generation of the e-Golf. Its successor is the ID.3 hatchback, a car which Volkswagen recently began taking orders. It is likely to be pricier than the Golf but also promises to be a more forward-looking and efficient automobile.
As you’d expect the e-Gold comes in a range of colours, if you’re wanting something to stand out or a little more vibrant its going to be an aftermarket paint job or a custom wrap, as the e-Golf only comes in Black, Grey, White and Blue.
Here’s the verdict with Volkswagen ready to launch the brilliant ID.3 hatchback in the UK, dealerships will likely be eager to move more e-Golf hatchbacks off the shelves.
If you prefer the discreet aesthetic of this car’s German design, and you find yourself a good enough deal to offset the benefits of similarly priced new electric cars, the Volkswagen e-Golf may be the right electric vehicle for you!