Volkswagen e-Golf (2014 – 2020) Review
Volkswagen e-Golf (2014 – 2020) At A Glance
The Volkswagen e-Golf is a battery-powered version of the hatchback favourite. For some, this will be a perfect combo, but only if you’re happy with the limited driving range of early versions – cars from 2017 could cover a more useful 186 miles per charge. This puts it into strong contention with the BMW i3, innovative Hyundai Ioniq Electric and familiar Nissan Leaf. Read on for our full Volkswagen e-Golf review.
A few years ago, you had to be a diehard early adopter to buy an electric car, but they’re now commonplace.
If there was one car that truly took EVs towards the mainstream, it’s the ubiquitous Volkswagen Golf.
The electrically-powered version offered the same formula of practicality, quality and refinement as the rest of the range, but with the big advantages of no tailpipe emissions and no requirement for fuel.
Instead, you only need to plug in the Volkswagen e-Golf to charge it up. Using a wallbox, a full charge from empty to maximum can be achieved in a little over five hours.
With the electric charging network in the UK ever expanding, there are now far more charging points available at supermarkets, shopping centre car parks, railway stations and motorway services.
These more rapid chargers will top up the relatively small battery quite quickly, but the Volkswagen e-Golf does not have the same superfast charging capacity of more recent electric cars.
Of course, the worry with any electric vehicle is that you might run out of power, miles away from a charging point.
But with a claimed range of 124 miles for the Volkswagen e-Golf, and 186 miles from 2017, this is less of a worry. It’s not a car that will suit everyone – but for many people who do a commute of even reasonable distance, it could make sense as an everyday car.
It drives well too. This is no slow eco-special – instead it feels as rapid as a turbocharged petrol Volkswagen Golf hatch.
The power figures are reasonable, with 136PS and 290Nm of torque, but what makes the difference is that all the torque is available from a standstill, making the Volkswagen e-Golf a rocket at the lights.
From 0-30mph it is effortlessly fast and really enjoyable to drive, even beyond the novelty factor.
It’s just as good on larger roads, with strong pace on the move. It’s incredibly easy to drive with a single-speed gearbox, plus there are regenerative braking modes.
It also has familiarity on its side. It’s very much like any other Volkswagen Golf from behind the wheel. For those who want an electric vehicle without anything weird or wacky, there is plenty of appeal.
Fancy a sportier version of the Volkswagen e-Golf? Read our review of the Volkswagen Golf GTE here.