Volkswagen e-Golf (2014–)
- August 2013: New e-Golf unveiled
- January 2014: Plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE went on sale at £28,035 RRP
- March 2014: e-Golf available to order
- September 2017: Updated e-Golf launched
- August 2019
New e-Golf unveiled
Standard features include automatic climate control with parking heater and ventilation, radio-navigation system, windscreen heating, LED daytime running lights and the Volkswagen brand’s first use of LED headlights. The e-Golf attains a value of 12.7 kWh.
Made in Germany. Innovative drive technologies are core competencies at Volkswagen. Therefore, the e-motor, gearbox and lithium-ion battery of the e-Golf are developed in-house, and they are manufactured in large Volkswagen component plants in Germany.
The e-Golf is driven by an 85 kW/115 PS electric motor. The motor produces its maximum drive torque of 270Nm as soon as it starts off. The results - the front-wheel drive e-Golf reaches 62mph in 10.4 seconds. On a motorway, the speed of the five-seat front-wheel drive car is electronically limited to 140km/h.
The e-Golf with its 24.2 kWh battery has a range of 190km. There are two very efficient driving modes (“Eco”, “Eco+”) and four just as easy to activate regenerative braking modes (“D1”, “D2”, “D3” and “B”) help to extend the maximum range. The fastest CCS charging stations (direct current) shorten the time needed to charge the battery of an e-Golf to 80 per cent capacity to around just half an hour.
Plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE went on sale at £28,035 RRP
(after receiving £5,000 Government 'Plug-in' Grant). Unlike the e-up! and e-Golf which are sold through a network of 25 e-Retailers, the GTE is available through all of the company’s franchised sales outlets.
The name of Golf GTE reflects its power and performance. It is driven by two engines: a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor. Together, they produce a maximum power of 204 PS and a theoretical range of 580 miles, while maximum torque is 350 Nm (258 lbs ft). A six-speed DSG gearbox developed for hybrid vehicles is standard.
The electric motor is integrated into the gearbox housing, while further hybrid components include power electronics and a charger. An electro-mechanical brake servo and an electric air conditioning compressor make for energy-efficient braking and air conditioning. There are five operating modes: ‘E-mode’, ‘GTE mode’, ‘Battery Hold’, ‘Battery charge’ and ‘Hybrid Auto’. In pure electric mode (activated at the press of a button), the Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles. Electric power can also be saved – for example when driving to a zero-emissions zone – and in electric mode, the GTE is capable of speeds of up to 81 mph.
With the TSI engine engaged as well, the Golf GTE can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds and on to 138 mph, yet returns a combined cycle figure of 166 mpg and CO 2 emissions of 39 g/km. As such it is expected to be exempt from VED and the Congestion Charge.
The Golf GTE’s 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in 3.75 hours from a domestic mains outlet, or 2.25 hours from a domestic wallbox.
The Golf GTE is available in five-door bodystyle only and in one highly-specified trim level. Visually, it combines elements of the e-Golf and Golf GTI, with C-shaped LED daytime running lights (e-Golf) and aerodynamic horizontal ‘fins’ (GTI). Where the GTI features red, the GTE has blue accents, including across the radiator grille and into the headlights (which as on the e-Golf are LED), while 18-inch ‘Serron’ alloy wheels are fitted as standard.
Inside too, the GTI’s red highlights are turned to blue – including the stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and seats, and a blue stripe in the tartan pattern on the sports seats. Touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth is standard, while optional navigation includes bespoke EV features such as the ability to identify potential destinations on electric range, and charging points.
The GTE also has an e-manager which allows the driver to preset vehicle charging, as well as interior cooling or heating and these functions can be operated remotely using the Car-Net app on a smartphone; a three-year subscription is standard in the UK. The speedometer and tachometer are familiar, and the latter is supplemented by a power meter in the central display, which shows the status of the battery, whether or not power is being used and the intensity of any regeneration.
e-Golf available to order
Priced at £25,845 on the road (including £5,000 Government grant or £30,845 RRP) the e-Golf can be ordered from one of 24 Volkswagen EV specialist Retailers across the UK, with the first deliveries expected at the end of June.
Like its smaller electric sibling, the e-Up, the e-Golf can be charged from a household three-pin socket using the cable provided. With a standard UK 230-Volt, 2.3 kW supply, this recharges the battery in 13 hours. An optional wallbox for home use provides 3.6 kW supply and can recharge a flat battery in eight hours. The wallbox is currently available at no cost, through British Gas, while all customers of Volkswagen electric products are also eligible for a green electricity tariff through Ecotricity. Through use of the e-Golf’s standard combined charging system (CCS) and a DC supply, the battery can be fully recharged (at levels of up to 40 kW) to 80 per cent capacity in just 35 minutes.
An AC electric motor (85 kW/115 PS, and 270 Nm) provides drive, linked to the front wheels via a single-speed gearbox. The lithium-ion battery is integrated into the Golf’s floor and weighs 318 kg. It consists of 264 cells, together rated at 323 Volts and 24.2 kWh.
Acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 10.4 seconds. By comparison the Golf BlueMotion, which is powered by a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine with 110 PS and 250 Nm, takes 10.5 seconds. Top speed for the e-Golf is 87mph. Depending on driving style, charge level and ambient conditions, the e-Golf has a range of up to 118 miles.
An optional heat pump helps deliver maximum range in winter. This add-on module for the electric heating and air conditioning uses heat from both ambient air and the vehicle’s drive systems, significantly reducing electricity consumption. It can increase the e-Golf’s range in cold weather by up to 20 per cent.
As well as a standard driving mode, the e-Golf has two economy profiles: ‘Eco’ and ‘Eco+’. ‘Eco’ cuts peak power to 70 kW/95 PS, reduces the output of the air conditioning system and modifies the accelerator response. Top speed is cut to 74 mph and 0-62 mph takes 12.1 seconds. ‘Eco+’ limits maximum power to 55 kW/75 PS, torque to 175 Nm and top speed to 56 mph, while the accelerator response is modified and the air conditioning disabled. In either mode, full performance can be accessed by kicking down on the accelerator pedal, as in a vehicle with a conventional automatic gearbox.
The e-Golf’s range can also be influenced by regenerative braking. There are five modes: D, D1, D2, D3 and B. In D, the vehicle coasts without regenerative braking when the accelerator is lifted. In each other mode, lifting off the accelerator pedal provides greater regenerative braking. In D2, D3 and B, the brake lights are activated when the driver’s foot is lifted from the accelerator pedal, provided that a predetermined level of deceleration is achieved.
The e-Golf is the first production Volkswagen to feature full LED headlights. These produce brighter light and use less electricity than xenon headlights. Other bespoke exterior design elements include C-shaped LED daytime running lights in the front bumper, a signature blue strip running the width of the radiator grille and into the headlights, and a blue-edged Volkswagen roundel. The interior includes blue stitching on the upholstery, and the option of blue ambient lighting.
In the UK, the e-Golf is available with five doors only, and in a single well-equipped trim level based on the standard Golf SE, with the addition of 2Zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, e-specific ‘Tilleves’ alloy wheels and Discover Pro satellite navigation, with an eight-inch colour touchscreen. For the e-Golf the Discover Pro system includes added functionality including a range display, and the option to pre-programme the vehicle’s heating or cooling systems. For smartphone users (Android or iOS), the Volkswagen ‘Car-Net’ app enables many vehicle functions to be controlled remotely, including charging, heating or cooling and more. Three years’ subscription to Car Net is included as standard.
Updated e-Golf launched
The driving range is extended to 186 miles (NEDC), while with driving style and other parameters considered, the range is effectively 124 miles. New technology including Discover Navigation Pro. Available to order from £32,190 (RRP OTR), or £27,690 including Plug-in Car Grant
Participating Volkswagen e-Retailers are offering a deposit contribution of £1,000 at 4.9% APR representative on the updated e-Golf when the customer purchases the car using Volkswagen Financial Services’ Solutions Personal Contract Plan.
Increrased range achieved by an increase in the energy capacity of the e-Golf’s lithium-ion battery from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. Power goes up to 100 kW, or 136 PS. 0 to 62 mph time now 9.6 seconds and a top 93 mph. Torque is boosted from 270 Nm to 290 Nm. As before, drive is via a single-speed gearbox.
The 124-mile range ensures the e-Golf is practical for the vast majority of commuter journeys. When the e-Golf needs charging the battery can go from empty to 80 per cent full in just 45 minutes when a 40 kW DC rapid charger connection is used.
Alternatively, charging from empty to full from a wallbox charging takes approximately 5 hours 20 minutes, which opens the opportunity to charge the car conveniently during the working day or overnight.
Staying with the convenience theme, Volkswagen’s innovative Volkswagen Car-Net mobile smartphone app makes it easy for the e-Golf owner 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.
Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system includes Gesture Control and is operated via an enlarged 9.2-inch colour touchscreen and satellite navigation with European maps and a voice recognition system for controlling the telephone and navigation functions.
Volkswagen UK reduced the price of the e-Golf to £31,075 RRP OTR, which equates to £27,575 after the Government’s Plug-In Car Grant. This represents an OTR price reduction of £2,765.