Volkswagen e-Golf

Base MSRP: From $32,100 to $39,100

Configurations:

  • SE – From $32,100
  • SEL Premium – From $39100

Destination Charge: $895
Tax Credit: 
up to $7,500

EPA Range: 125 miles, pure electric
Charging Acceptance Rate: 3.6 – 17.2 kWh

Reviews of the Volkswagen e-Golf

Overview

Performance: 35.8 kWh battery pack, 134 horsepower
Mileage estimate: Equivalent of 105-126 mpg

Price estimate: $32,100 to $39,100

Warranty: 3 years / 36,000 miles
Drivertrain warranty: 5 years / 60,000 miles;                                     

Roadside assistance: 3 years/36,000
Corrosion: 12 years / unlimited

2019 VW e-Golf

Volkswagen stood up to its transgressions several years ago, admitting it cheated on diesel emissions tests. It was disturbing news that astounded the auto world.

While the disastrous wrongdoing led to some well-deserved, horrible public relations that reportedly cost Volkswagen more than $30 million, there was a ray of light in the scandal. In a dramatic reboot, Volkswagen decided to reinvent itself, pouring an estimated $50 billion into the production of electric vehicles.

In an announcement in late October 2019, Volkswagen revealed it has plans to build 22 million electric vehicles (EVs) over the next eight years. And nearly half of those EVs will be manufactured in China. By 2022, the company expects to have eight facilities around the world that are producing battery-powered vehicles.

Volkswagen’s October announcement also includes news regarding the popular Golf, which ranks third among best-selling models of all-time, trailing the Toyota Corolla and Ford F-Series.

The all-new, eighth-generation 2020 Volkswagen Golf was introduced Oct. 24 in Europe. VW has made a significant departure from its 2019 Golf lineup that has historically included lots of variety. That diversity is not changing – the 2020 Golf has no fewer than 10 powertrains to pick from and includes two plug-in hybrids and three hybrid variants.

Change is imminent, and that includes the e-Golf. Volkswagen says 2019 is the last year it will be offering the e-Golf in the U.S. Volkswagen hasn’t decided when or if it will bring the mainstream 2020 versions of the Golf to the U.S. The company is expected to make available the high-performance 2020 GTI and R models at an undetermined date. But the regular Golf is not likely to be included.

Replacing the e-Golf will be the 2020 ID.3, the first all-electric production car to be featured on VW’s Modular Electrification (MEB) system. The IB.3 will have three different battery sizes that have a range between 205 to 341 miles before it needs recharging. At least initially, the ID.3 won’t be offered in U.S. markets.

However, it’s not too late for U.S. car buyers to purchase the 2019 e-Golf. It remains an appealing EV for a number of reasons, including the possibility of a reduced sticker price.

A year ago, Volkswagen increased the e-Golf’s mileage range from 83 to 125 miles. While some other EVs, most notably the Chevy Bolt, possess much greater range, going 125 miles before a charge is required would certainly suffice for many commuters.

Changes for the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf include a standard DC fast charger and advanced driver aids on the base SE trim model.

The e-Golf has a 35.8 kWh battery pack and features 134 horsepower, and a mileage estimate of 105-126 mpge. Driving the e-Golf doesn’t feel that much different than other Golf models that utilize a four-cylinder engine.

The suspension is a modified in the e-Golf, a necessity with the added weight of the battery pack (701 pounds). Despite the added weight, he e-Golf corners well and gives the driver an overall feeling of confidence behind the wheel. Drivers have a choice of using Normal, Eco or Eco Plus modes.

There’s been no attempt at making the e-Golf radically different physically than other Golf models, a trait that’s appreciated here since some EV manufacturers feel compelled to make a blatant exterior statement so the vehicle looks “different.”

The interior material is of good quality and the location of buttons and knobs are sensible. The 8-inch standard touchscreen can be figured out and mastered quickly, thanks to its user-friendly makeup. The e-Golf comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Even taller drivers and front seat passengers will be pleased with the head and leg room. While not as spacious, the back seat is sizable enough that passengers won’t feel too cramped. The battery is located underneath the hatchback body, so there is no awkward hump that impedes storage in the cargo area. The area measures 22.8 cubic feet and increases to 52.7 cubic-feet when the a 60/40-split back seat is folded down.

— J.W.

2018 VW e-Golf

Give Volkswagen credit for its ambition. The German auto-manufacturer wants to become the global market leader in electric vehicles (EV) by 2025.

When the year 2025 pops up on the calendar, Volkswagen wants its EV sales to have reached the 1 million mark per year. With that goal in mind, Volkswagen better get busy, because right now its producing only one EV vehicle – the e-Golf.

We will quickly add that the e-Golf is off to a fine start and isn’t resting on its laurels. A year ago, Volkswagen increased the e-Golf’s mileage range from 83 to 125 miles. While some other EVs, most notably the Chevy Bolt, possess much greater range, going 125 miles before a charge is required would certainly suffice for many commuters.

The e-Golf battery storage has also been upgraded, increasing to 35.8 kilowatt-hour, up from 24.2 in the old model. Performance is on the upside as well, with the electric motor generating 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. Volkswagen says the latest e-Golf will travel 0-60 mph in 9.6 seconds. Note that the e-Golf weighs 3,455 pounds, which is 500 pounds heavier that a standard VW Golf.

Volkswagen says the battery recharging will be a little short of six hours for a full charge when utilizing a Level 2, 240-volt charger.

Because one of the issues with the e-Golf has been limited availability, Volkswagen has vowed to double its 2018 daily production capacity from 35 to 70 cars a day.

There are reportedly no major changes for the 2018 e-Golf. However, Volkswagen will update the bumpers and LED tail lamps of its EV hatchback. There are also a few items that have been added to the standard package for the e-Golf, which is offered in three trim models – SE, Limited Edition, and SEL Premium. The e-Golf and all Golf models are now four-door.

Driving the e-Golf doesn’t feel that much different than other Golf models that utilize a four-cylinder engine. There’s also been no attempt at making the e-Golf radically different physically than other Golf models, a trait that’s appreciated here since some EV manufacturers feel compelled to make a blatant exterior statement so the vehicle looks “different.”

The suspension is a little different in the e-Golf, a necessity with the added weight of the battery pack (701 pounds). The e-Golf corners well and gives the driver an overall feeling of confidence behind the wheel. Drivers have a choice of using Normal, Eco or Eco Plus modes.

Driving qualities aren’t much different with the e-Golf and one won’t detect much difference in the functionality of the interior, either. Volkswagen decided against making changes, sticking to a formula that’s served all Golf vehicles well. The material is of good quality and the location of buttons and knobs are sensible. The 8-inch standard touchscreen can be figured out and mastered quickly, thanks to its user-friendly makeup. The e-Golf comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Even taller drivers and front seat passengers will be pleased with the head and leg room. While not as spacious, the back seat is sizable enough that passengers won’t feel cramped. The battery is located underneath the hatchback body, so there is no awkward hump that impedes storage in the cargo area. The area measures 22.8 cubic feet and increases to 52.7 cubic-feet when the a 60/40-split back seat is folded down.

While the 2018 e-Golf still ranks among the middle of the pack for mileage distance without a charge, it possesses a lot of fine qualities and can be purchased for a very reasonable price that includes the $7,500 federal tax credit.

— J.W.

For more manufacturer details on this vehicle visit: www.vw.com

Recommended Power Level of Charging Station for VW e-Golf = 32A

Vehicle Acceptance rate: 7.2kW

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