The e-Golf has a maximum range of 186 miles, and is even easier to drive than a normal Golf. And it looks reassuringly normal in every way.
The Volkswagen Golf is about the most reassuringly normal car going. You know what you're getting, and you know it's a safe option in a car market increasingly muddied with SUV-like alternatives and more extreme-looking rivals. The pure electric Golf, or the e-Golf, is just as reassuringly normal in the electric car class.
The VW e-Golf is instantly likeable. It's so effortless to drive - from the eery linear acceleration, calm refinement and well-judged adjustable regenerative braking - that it takes almost no brain power at all to drive. Plus, being one of the most understated electric cars, it'll suit anyone who doesn't want the extrovert styling often associated with EVs - as demonstrated by the futuristic BMW i3 and Renault Zoe.
The problem is that it's substantially more expensive than a Nissan Leaf on monthly finance or when buying outright, and when a high-spec 1.5 TSI Golf SE Nav is some £100 cheaper on monthly finance it's hard not to be tempted by the less complicated ownership prospect of a petrol or diesel alternative. You have to be doing quite a few miles in your e-Golf to make that back in fuel savings, which is a bit perverse given that most electric car owners do low mileage... Ultimately, the e-Golf is an excellent electric car, but an expensive one. Do your maths very carefully before you commit to it. Company car buyers, however, can feel totally smug knowing that this is a fantastically affordable company motor.