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

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 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)