- Make: Volkswagen
- Model: e-Golf
- First available: January 2015
- Next Upgrade: July 2017
- Electric/Hybrid: Electric
- Seats: 5
- Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 9.6s
- Range: 93 miles
Range & Battery
lithium-ion battery has an energy capacity of 35.8 kWh, up from the 24.2 kWh of the previous version
126 City/ 105 Highway
- 7.2 kWh onboard charger full charge in under 6 hours at a standard charging station
- DC fast charging function in use (standard on SEL trim and optional on SE), an 80 percent charge takes around 1 hour
Innovation & Self-driving
- VW Car-Net® App-Connect lets you access your compatible smartphone’s music, maps, messaging, and more on your dash using Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, or MirrorLink®
- For 2018: Digital Cockpit system includes a 9.2” display and 12.3”digital instrument panel display, plus gesture control. For more Info click HERE.
- 8″ touchscreen navigation system with proximity sensor, DVD/video playback, SD memory card reader, and voice control
- VW Car-Net App-Connect can be used with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or MirrorLink, also lets you check the battery level, schedule and activate charging, remotely adjust climate control, and see driving data.
Changes for 2018:
- Longer range model predicted (186 miles on Euro cycle). For more info click HERE
More Range And More Power
As battery technology has improved and the cost has come down, Volkswagen has upgraded the e-Golf’s range. Its new lithium-ion battery has an energy capacity of 35.8 kWh, up from the 24.2 kWh of the previous version. This improves the e-Golf’s range by around 50 percent, resulting in a range of 124 miles on a single charge. Its standard 7.2 kWh onboard charger allows a full charge in under six hours at a standard charging station. With its DC fast charging function in use (standard on SEL trim and optional on SE), an 80 percent charge can be achieved in an hour or less.
The e-Golf’s electric motor has also seen an upgrade, in both horsepower and torque. It now puts out 134 horsepower (up from 115) and 214 lb.-ft. (up from 199) through a single-speed transmission. The 2017 E-Golf will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds, with a top speed of 93 mph.
Connectivity And Active Safety Systems
The 2017 e-Golf is available with what VW calls the Digital Cockpit. This optional system is built around a multi-configurable 12.3-inch color screen in front of the driver. Instruments including speedometer and power meter can be viewed in varying sizes. Entertainment, navigation, and phone functions can also be controlled.
Another option is a Discover Pro infotainment system with 9.2-inch configurable central display. Gesture control, to be added later, will allow hand swipe gestures to control the system’s menus and functions. The VW Car-Net phone app allows remote access for battery charging and pre-cooling the vehicle. Car-Net App-Connect offers Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration, but no in-vehicle wi-fi is offered.
Many driver assistance systems will be available in the 2017 e-Golf. An option package available on SEL Premium includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Assist and Park Assist.
Driving The e-Golf
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf starts with the inherent driving goodness of the VW Golf it is based on. The Golf’s excellent driving qualities remain intact, coupled with that instant electric response from the moment you touch the accelerator. There are no sacrifices to be made in terms of room inside, with the battery pack placed under the seats, lowering the center of gravity even more for great handling and stability. Three regenerative braking modes let you extend your range by recapturing energy.
Is The e-Golf Enough To Save VW?
The 2017 VW e-Golf is an excellent example of how good an electric car based on a combustion-engined car can be. But in a world where the Chevrolet Bolt is on sale with an all-electric range of 238 miles at a similar price point, the new e-Golf already comes up short with its 124 miles of range. Volkswagen has some significant work to do in this area if it expects to lead us into the electrified future!