Automotive Fleet Reviews Volkswagen e-Golf – Video

APR 4 2015 BY MIKE ANTHONY 13


Paul Clinton from Automotive Fleet takes the new Volkswagen e-Golf for a spin, providing both a video & article.

Volkswagen e-Golf.

Volkswagen e-Golf.

The short video above discusses most of the e-Golf’s features: charging & range, price, etc.

As you will hear in the video, the e-Golf is not available in all 50 states.  Why? Wish we knew…It’s time for Volkswagen to stop dragging its feet.

However, for those who live in one of the states where the e-Golf is available, than it definitely should make your list of contenders, as it stacks up well against other short-range BEVs.

AF stated that the e-Golf handles & performs precisely like the Golf’s with gas & diesel engines. That would be because it is the same basic vehicle, but with a different propulsion setup. AF adds this:

“Volkswagen may dominate the diesel passenger car market, but the e-Golf, the automaker’s first fully electric vehicle, could help establish an equally strong and deserved foothold in the electric vehicle market.”

Click here to check out the rest of AF‘s review of the e-Golf, specs & positive commentary included! Click here for even more specs.

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“Why? … It’s time for Volkswagen to stop dragging its feet.”

It will still be a lengthy wait. The main automakers have not shown commitment to EVs.

The Golf is a great EV, but it is priced to tease not sell.

And there are other examples as well that are repeated on this site in every monthly scorecard.

“This video does not exist.” But it can be found at https://youtu.be/3XT2_1d93yw

Yupe, link went bad…thanks for the heads-up Art! /fixed

The good news is, VW is mumbling something about possibly electrifying the Beetle in a few years, on their MQB platform. Maybe by then (three years?), it will have improved range and be a bit more compelling as an EV, over the current ‘das boring’ e-golf.

They also need to make a gti ev

GTE?

Or are you a purist who poo-pooh’s the idea of using gas during the transition?

And here I thought “GTI” meant “Gas, Turbo, Injected”. Probably in German. Because their diesel variant is called the “TDI”, D meaning Diesel.

Which, of course, is exactly why they dropped the TLAs for the electric variant.

That doesn’t mean it would hurt them to put more horsepower under the hood and more suspension under the wheels though, like they do with the GTI.

The D in TDI actually stands for Direct, “Turbo Direct Injection”. I have 2 as well as the e-Golf, and the GTE is not slated for the US at all, but might be available as a Diesel hybrid, according to grapevine info sources. I absolutely love my e-Golf, and my TDI is plotting a murder as we speak, in which case the D will stand for Dead.

Compliance EV.

That explains the 80 mile range, and the “just as good as diesel” design, but not better.

Because it should be better.

Pete & Mike

I think the eGolf quality is fine, but not in line with its price tag.

I do not have a problem with Compliance Cars per se. My problem is that all the automakers are pricing these vehicles too high.

This fits their narrative of “we are trying to sell green vehicles but the public does not want them”.

There’s a cool feature to provide electric front windshield defrost like Mercedes Benz put on the B-Class EV. I didn’t see a listing for a heat pump though.
To your point, it’s a compliance car. What a shame. I thought VW was supposed to be leading the electric vehicle charge. I wonder if they understand the negative sentiment they’re creating for their brand by restricting sales to select markets.

They are leading the “charge” so to speak, just not here in the US- they have outsold the Leaf already in parts of Europe. As for price- one should not ‘buy’ an electric yet, since they are like computers on wheels and will evolve rapidly. Leasing is the way to go until they settle down into a more versatile car for more of the public’s needs. For most of us who drive less than 50 miles/day, it is perfect. It also drives as well as the TDI, just not as far, and that’s why I keep the TDI around. I drive the e-Golf every day, but one, every 2 weeks to a place too far for a round trip. When they hit the 200 mile mark, I can get rid of my TDI and rent a car for long trips.
The e-Golf has a heat pump btw, and works great. The problem, I think, is that VW doesn’t take US buyers as anything but petrol-heads. They are testing us I think.