Autocar UK got its hands on the new Volkswagen e-Golf. The test results are spectacular.
For the vehicle's size, the trunk space is not a deal-breaker as it is still very large.
All of the Golf models, whether it be gas, diesel or electric, are virtually the same. In regards to the electric version, there is hardly any compromises over the ICE models, a slightly smaller cargo area that is still very large and practical is basically the only noticeable
Other differences include the unique badging, instrument clusters, and the obvious sound from an ICE and the silence from an electric drive train.
Positive aspect expected from an all-electric vehicle are here as well. Instant torque is available at 0 RPM. Different levels of regenerative braking are selectable and so on.
Even with the 318kg battery pack added to the rear portion of the e-Golf, the handling is still superb and sticks to the roads very well. Autocar is even claiming that it is "a step ahead of Golfs powered by internal combustion engines."
An 8-year, 100,000 mile warranty is included on the 24 kWh Lithium Ion battery pack "with the intention of it having 80% of its original capacity after 10 years use."
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Fast Charging is available with the e-Golf and replenishes the battery to 80% in 35 minutes. Standard charging time varies depending on power supply. Most will charge overnight when not in use. (All US e-Golfs have standard CCS fast charging as part of the purchase price)
The e-Golf claims to have a 118 mile range (NEDC) on a full charge, which suits most driver's day-to-day needs. VW has yet to release US EPA range numbers but gives us a very loose "70-90 miles" guideline of what to expect.
Like the US, the price difference between the e-Golf and the Nissan LEAF SL is minimal in the UK and both vehicles qualify for available grants (incentives). But it seems Autocar feels that the e-Golf has a slight edge as far as practicality and drivetrain capabilities.
e-Golf Interior. Note the differences of the instrument cluster over the ICE models.
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