The VW e-Golf is an understated, reliable electric car
Introduction to the VW e-Golf
The VW e-Golf was launched in 2014 and the latest version in the UK dates from 2017.
The e-Golf is a thoroughly sensible family hatchback. As you would expect from Volkswagen, it does the job of an electric car reliably and conservatively.
In fact, this VW Golf electric car is so conventional, you could easily mistake it for a petrol / diesel VW car.
In 2019, the VW Group announced the new ID.3 electric car (ID3). It’s based on the brand new “MEB platform” (Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten, if you really want to know) that will be used for most of the forthcoming EVs across the VW brands, including VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat.
The reason we mention the ID.3, is that it will probably be similar to the Golf in size. If you want an advanced electric car, prefer to stick to the VW brand, and can wait until summer 2020, the VW ID.3 is a good bet.
It will eventually come in three battery sizes: 45 kWh, 58 kWh and 77 kWh. The first version to be released will be the 58 kWh ID.3 1st special edition. It will have a range of roughly 234 miles and enjoy rapid charging at 100 kW via a CCS socket.
- Typical VW build quality
- Feels like a conventional car
- Expensive for the range it offers
- No active thermal management system for the battery
VW e-Golf – Range
The Volkswagen e-Golf comes with a 35.8 kWh battery which translates to a real world range of about 130 miles.
The VW e-Golf range is not the best in its class. In fact, it’s bottom of the table in the 5-seat family car category.
Nonetheless, a range of 130 miles or so on a single charge will probably meet your daily needs in the vast majority of situations.
VW e-Golf – Price
The Volkswagen e-Golf price is from £28,075, including the PiCG grant.
We would argue it’s very over-priced in today’s market.
Nonetheless, the build quality inside and out is what you would expect from a Volkswagen Golf. Solid, simple, stylish, and well put together.
Who is the VW e-Golf for?
This VW Golf electric car is a front-wheel drive, 5-door hatchback with 5 seats.
It has a 101 kW electric motor, providing 136 bhp. The Golf’s top speed is 93 mph, and it can do 0-62 mph in 9.6 seconds.
Like all VW Golfs, the e-Golf will appeal to a variety of people. Young adults will love it for its sporty heritage, great handling, and timeless, good looks.
Older couples will find the Golf EV familiar, easy to drive, and reliable.
It could also be your main family car. The e-Golf is pretty spacious in the middle row and the boot is well-sized. It’s a dependable family electric car that won’t let you down.
This VW electric car is also at home in the corporate carpark. A company Volkswagen e-Golf shows your employer is thinking about the environment. Your decision to get an EV also says a lot about you and your own green credentials.
The VW e-Golf has a 40 kW rapid charging socket using the CCS system.
Please note: the e-Golf has no active thermal management system for the battery. What the devil does that mean? Basically, on long trips, if you have to rapid charge more than once in the day, the e-Golf’s software slows the charging rate down in order to keep the battery temperature lower. This means the second fast charge of the day – if you need to do one – will take considerably longer than the first. Most other EVs, except for the Nissan Leaf, have an active thermal management system which avoids this rapid charging issue.
- If you would like more information about EVs in general, please see our main Electric Cars page.
- For specific details about the e-Golf itself, see the main Volkswagen UK e-Golf website.
- Otherwise, please scroll down to the Reviews section below for independent analyses.
VW e-Golf – Reviews
We have trudged round the web and brought all the main video and text reviews to you in one place.
Click on the links below for independent reviews of the VW e-Golf from well-known car reviewers:
> Fully Charged Live
- Reviewer: Jonny Smith
- Organisation: Fully Charged Live
- Date published: 1 October 2017
- Length: 17 minutes 23 seconds
> What Car?
- Reviewer: John Howell
- Organisation: What Car?
- Date published: 13 April 2017
- Length: 2 minutes 36 seconds