CNET Reviews 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf – Video

DEC 27 2014 BY MARK KANE 15

2015 e-Golf Rear Hatch (Seats down)

2015 e-Golf Rear Hatch (Seats down)

CNET recently released an interesting and informative review of the Volkswagen e-Golf.

The German car tested on the streets of San Francisco was able to exceed the 83-mile EPA rating and is considered as a fully realized car.

“Volkswagen e-Golf makes for an excellent fit. Its smooth and comfortable driving characteristic makes time behind the wheel enjoyable. Its simple driving controls let you engage with it to a greater or lesser degree. If you don’t want to think about its electric drivetrain much, for example, you can drive it in default Normal mode, only touching the shifter for Park, Drive and Reverse. If you want to maximise your efficiency, you can play with the different regen settings.”

Minor drawbackof e-Golf is losing all the settings of mode and regen level at the end of the trip.

In regards to infotainment, CNET stated:

“The cabin electronics offer decent navigation, hands-free phone and stereo options, features that keep Volkswagen up with the competition. The response from this system is very good, but Volkswagen needs to streamline destination input. I did not find any voice controls for the audio system, either. Volkswagen includes its Car-Net service with the e-Golf, a telematics service making some features available through an app.”

Here is full review:

Source: CNET

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15 Comments on "CNET Reviews 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf – Video"

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mr. M

Thats the reason why EPA testing with b mode reveals not all. Most efficient is it to let roll without regen. Easyly doable in the eGolf via the setting von the steering wheel.

mr. M

Sorry is there no better range estimate than 70-90 miles? How come you say they beat the EPA number. I didn’t saw any info regarding that in the Video.


The batteries cool themselves? So… they BAKE in the summer like a LEAF’s battery? “Self-cooling”, gotcha ::wink::.

Also, Ford Fusion Electric?


It is really funny to see a giant like VW make a care that hardly has a range of even 100 miles. While a start up like Tesla makes a car that can travel at least 400 miles.


Well it is not exactly rocket science to pack in a huge battery and charge $100K. But Tesla was the only one who saw it as a viable business.

David Murray

Ugh.. I’m getting so tired of seeing people try to compare cars that cost in the $30,000 range to a Tesla that costs 2x to 4x as much. Adding more batteries is not some special secret.. it just costs more money.

Tony Williams

InsideEVs just drove the eGolf, BMW i3 and 2015 Spark EV (smaller battery than 2014) all at 62mph (100km/h) to see which would go farther.

Write up in a few days… with video!!!


mr. M



Who won?


Can’t wait to read the results! Thanks for continuing to run new cars through this unofficial gold standard test.


That sounds fun! 😀

David Murray

Sounds interesting.


Yes, would be nice to see VW give us some more range.
To at least beat the Leaf.
Next year’s Leaf is going to hurt this car.

One positive: Rear Independent Suspension.


More range is coming from VW too. Unlike Nissan, they don’t build batteries in house. Therefore, they can simply buy the best available tech without a large capital investment.


I’m continually surprised by just how little effort OEMS are putting into their electric programs. All are basically the same. None have standout features. They strike me as an attempt to cash in on the emerging EV market while expending the bare minimum of effort. Can’t they at least use their volume and industry pull to make the price competitive?

I thought these companies are supposed to be “leading the way” or “driving innovation” or whatever other bullshit taglines they spew when advertising gas cars?