The Volkswagen e-Golf Gets Put Through Its Paces By CNET – Video

NOV 22 2014 BY JAY COLE 14

The Volkswagen e-Golf is fairly new to the electric vehicle landscape.  Most recently the car was launched in the United States in late October.

VW e-Golf Interior - Much Like Your Standard Golf Fair

VW e-Golf Interior – Much Like Your Standard Golf Fair

Now the reviews are pouring in – and for the most part test drivers seem to be enjoying the all-electric VW.

For America the e-Golf is only available in the top-of-the-line/premium trim SEL, which  starts at $35,445, which does seem to be  a little steep for a 83 mile range EV these days (full EPA specs/MPGe can be found here), especially considering it is not all that unlike those offerings already on the market from Nissan (with the LEAF) and Ford (with the Focus Electric) for less.

We figure VW has kind of figured out that the MSRP pricetag might be a bit of a shocker for potential customers (despite many nice bonus features), and that is why they are also offering a pretty competitive $299/month leasing campaign on EV.

In the video (above) CNET ask the question that really everyone in the market for a “city” EV is asking:

“…how does it stack up against other electric vehicles like Ford Fusion Electric, Nissan Leaf and Fiat 500e”

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14 Comments on "The Volkswagen e-Golf Gets Put Through Its Paces By CNET – Video"

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Independent rear suspension, yes!

No battery TMS, oh come on!

Strange they mentioned the Fusion Energy as a competitor and not the Focus Electric.

I think that he misspoke in the video, because he did say Fusion electric and not Fusion Energi.

Absolutely can’t stand the instrument cluster. Analog gauges, so yesterday.

Studies have shown that analog gauges are quicker to interpret.

Unless you’re trying to look retro on an EV, it comes off looking conservative / cheap / dated. *shrugs*

Buyer perception trumps human reaction data.

I’ve heard that too, Kristof, but since having a digital-only speedometer in my i-MiEV and now my LEAF, I can’t stand analog speedometers. The rental car I had last week had the option of displaying a digital speedo in the info cluster. Otherwise, I found it hard to use the analog speedo, especially since the numbers were nearly unreadably small. (Chevy Cobalt)

I am really hoping to confirm whether or not the e-Golf has a direct heating windshield defroster.

This is a key feature for any EV sold where it gets cold enough to fog or frost or ice up the windshield.

My eGolf has electrical heated windshield as standard. This is an european model though.

I would not buy any EV without active liquid cooling of the battery. No matter what VW says.

Where do you live?

The i-MiEV has no active cooling of the battery, but there are no reports of huge capacity loss like the LEAF’s earlier batteries. I wouldn’t say “no” yet… though this is a new model with no history on its battery.

Welcome to the future VW. A good addition that matches the Leaf. Doesn’t push the bar forward on evs, however adds choices in the market which is good. We are headed in the right direction.

That’s an interesting point. More and more EVs are becoming available in the affordable category, but none are pushing the bar forward on range because they all rely on roughly the same size battery, which is as big as it can be can at this price point.

We will be stuck with sub-100 mile BEVs in the affordable category for some time, barring any battery developments.

It’s clear the Tesla Model 3 will not meet the intended goal until there is sufficient progress on both battery material costs and manufacturing efficiency costs.

There is a lot riding on the Gigafactory…

I really laughed about ‘why would I -want- to see a tech-centric CNet review of -any- car?’, and nearly bailed as he bemoaned the always-precious PPI (pixels per inch) screen and its ‘lackluster response times’, “WHO uses SD cards These days..” lol.

That said, this was a very good review.
(other than the Obligatory reference to 110V 15A recharge times — dear Mr. Electronic Whiz, you Can Not get more than 15A from a 15A circuit, you do the math.. done? good, STFU)