Volkswagen e-Golf Is Boring, But Brilliant
It’s boring, but brilliant.
That’s how Business Week sums up the Volkswagen e-Golf, but in this case, boring is a positive.
As Business Week writes:
“The E-Golf, meanwhile, doesn’t make much of a statement. In fact, part of its charm is that the “e” features are decidedly low key. Perhaps what’s true of wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smart glasses is also true of electric cars: They will fully arrive only when they stop announcing themselves to the world and just resemble “normal” products. From this perspective, the electric Golf might be downright futuristic.”
Of course, as we all know by now, the electric Golf is virtually indistinguishable from its gas/diesel counterparts:
“The car looks like a regular Golf and has all the German engineering Volkswagen likes to brag about: tidy fit and finish, tight gaps between body panels, and more room than one would expect. It even drives like a regular Golf, particularly between zero and 30 miles per hour, when it’s peppy.”
Business Week constantly describes the various e-Golf features as now standing out, but rather being “normal:”
“Bells and whistles are scarce. The control panel doesn’t fill up with animated leaves and butterflies when the driver pilots with particular efficiency.”
“The Volkswagen’s take on e-monitoring is Teutonic in its simplicity. A single gauge—the analog kind—with a needle tilts into a green area when the brakes are recharging the battery and ticks the other way when one steps on the accelerator.”
The only knock given to the e-Golf by Business Week is its price premium over the gas version of the Golf.
The review concludes with this statement:
“Volkswagen has made the electric car boring, and that’s no small accomplishment.”
Boring isn’t bad then.
Source: Business Week