New 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf With Higher Range Tested By Autogefühl – Video

2 months ago by Mark Kane 24

After a recent spin in the updated BMW i3, Autogefühl tested out the new 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf, which from 2017 is now equipped with its own longer range, 35.8 kWh battery and 100 kW electric motor.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

According to the review, the new e-Golf is a solid car, with great interior, and is unmatched for quietness/build quality in the compact class.

With a 100 kW motor, acceleration is also noted as nice, especially at low speeds up to about 37 mph/ 60 km.

The e-Golfs official real world range (EPA) went up to 125 miles (201 km), and is now slightly higher than in the case of 2017 BMW i3 (114 miles / 183 km).

Editor’s note:  Officially the EPA rates the e-Golf with 130.3 miles of city range, and 117.7 miles on the highway – good for a combined 125 miles (details).

However, Autogefühl notes there is less of a “fun factor” in the e-Golf versus i3…although we aren’t sure if Autogefühl  should be taken as the authority on what is (or is not) fun.

As well, the outfit notes the e-Golf just has the look of a conventional petrol car, which is of course the basic VW Golf.  On the other hand, regenerative braking combined with the brake pedal was considered as better solution than the i3’s regen, which engages when you let go of the accelerator beyond the coasting point.

2017 VW e-Golf interior (via Natham Leach Proffer Motor 1)

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf spec

  • 35.8 kWh battery instead 24.2 kWh
  • 300 km (186) of NEDC range (125 miles/201 km EPA expected versus 83 miles in previous generation)
  • combined city/ highway: 119 MPGe (previously: 116), city driving: 126 MPGe (previously: 126), highway driving: 111 MPGe (previously: 105)
  • 150 km/h (93 mph) top speed
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.6 seconds
  • 100 kW electric motor (85 kW previously) and 290 Nm (270 Nm previously)
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger (full charged in less than six hours)
  • battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station (J1772 Combo / CCS)

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24 responses to "New 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf With Higher Range Tested By Autogefühl – Video"

  1. mx says:

    I think I found the fun difference.
    VW: 0-60 in 9.6 seconds.

    The BMW i3 is at least 1.6 seconds quicker.

    The VW’s extra kWh’s are used to drag around a steep body not build to be exclusively an EV.

    1. mx says:

      “Steel Body”

      1. SparkEV says:

        All steel body gas car conversion SparkEV weighs 2866 lb while new i3 weighs over 2900 lb. Even the non-cooled battery, dedicated platform Leaf weighs over 3300 lb while SparkEV is almost 3 seconds quicker in 0-60 than Leaf.

        It’s not just about dedicated platform and expensive material use. It’s about good engineering.

        1. C Grier says:

          Spark is great, but it is really small. And it becomes much slower when there are two or more people in it.

    2. Mark.ca says:

      The eGolf is a remarkable car. The 0-60 is slow but the 0-30 makes up big time for that and if most of your drive is city the you care more about 0-30.
      The handling is great…i really can’t find anything bad about my ’16 other than the limited range. WV has some of the best leas offers too. This newer version will be enough for many.

  2. Eco says:

    If VW smooth tapered the back window it’d improve the aerodynamics and range significantly.

    1. Dan says:

      That would also destroy the reason why people buy a Golf – its versatility.

  3. Didier says:

    High price without high range. RIP.

  4. filip bjurling says:

    Ioniq will probably go farther on one charge at all speeds higher than 45mph/70km/h which is when range is important. The upgrade is nice but ioniq is probably still a better car.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      So because it can go further it’s a better car? No thanks! Inoque was to prove itself first…

    2. Chris says:

      City/Hwy driving range
      ioniq 136.7 / 111.2
      e-Golf 130.3 / 117.7

      Golf does better on higher speed.

    3. Pete says:

      Ioniq biggest compliance car ever, not available, Hyundai will not produce more.
      I bet 1000 $ e-Golf will be sold 3-4 times more this year, look ev-sales-blogspot.

  5. Terawatt says:

    It’s a great car. And I agree the choice between one-pedal or coasting should be in the driver’s control, as one-pedal is efficient and convenient in stop and go traffic, but not on the open road in little or no traffic. (All braking is wasteful; regeneration merely helps us waste less of the energy!)

    1. Niels says:

      Driving a Golf GTE, which has a simulair driving experience, I never use the one pedal driving except when driving down hill.

      1. randomhuman says:

        Then you’re wasting energy in the city and wear out your brakes faster…

        1. Didier says:

          Newcomers to EV often make this mistake : regenerative braking *also* comes with the brake pedal. Only heavy braking actually uses the brakes. So Niels is write.

  6. David Lane says:

    Nice car!

    Will it be available in all US states? When?

  7. David Lane says:

    Photo of the cargo area of this car:

    Looking at the measurements, they are very similar overall to the current Leaf. The back seat is roomier than the Leaf and the ground clearance is more than an inch less. Cargo area with the seats up is almost the same as Leaf, and significantly bigger than the Bolt.

    1. Asle H says:

      One big difference between the Leaf and this boot is that this is easier to stack. The Leaf is great for golf clubs and hockey bags, but hopeless for stacking boxes. I’ve tried putting my Guitar/PA stuff into a Leaf and couldn’t get enough inside to make it practical. Even the Kia Soul EV with it’s smaller boot handled more of my stuff than the Leaf.

  8. Stimpy says:

    One pedal driving is in my mind the single best feature on my i3.

  9. anie says:

    I have a golf 4dr ICE and LOVE IT. waiting for the EV 2017 to hit my dealer and we’re trading in. I love the versatility of the squared off/not angled back glass. Too many cars have that egg look and they just don’t hold hardly anything, regardless of what the cargo area floor footprint says. They height and width get too tiny, so fast!

  10. anie says:

    also, seriously, when is that car going to show up on the dealers lot for sale? I want to be the first in line, but the salespeople don’t even know…

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