Volkswagen e-Golf – MotorWeek Long-Term Test Drive Update Video


Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf

There isn’t a whole lot of content in this MotorWeek video, but it’s not often we come across long-term Volkswagen e-Golf reviews, so we figured we’d share this minute-long vid with you despite its brevity.

Video description:

“…update of our time spent with the cutting edge Volkswagen e-Golf!”

Category: Test Drives, VW

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8 responses to "Volkswagen e-Golf – MotorWeek Long-Term Test Drive Update Video"
  1. Alaa says:

    change of wind

  2. Mike777 says:

    Short. Too Short.

  3. Michael Will says:

    Here is my long term test drive update to the above.

    We put 9k miles on it since january when I replaced my Volkswagen Jetta with a 2015 e-Golf.

    There are several big differences to VW gas cars, or any gas cars for that matter:

    1. The quietness of the ride, meaning absence of shaking and shuddering and revving.

    After driving it for a while and then switching back to the gas car, you feel like you mounted an old dinosaur that has something wrong with it with its shaking and nonlinear acceleration.

    2. Superb off the line acceleration

    At the red light with a gas car next to me and none in front of me, I will always see them behind me in the mirror after the start because of the immediate electric acceleration

    3. Speed delimiter
    You can’t go faster than 86mph with this car, which does not seem like a limitation in california because of the low speed limits, but definitely feels artificially limited compared to the Jetta or Honda Odysee.

    4. Just go feeling

    Since we charge it in the garage its always ready to go in the morning with its full 80 mile range, no visit to charging station necessary in the day to day use, no need to get an oil change or smog check ever either.

    5. Guilt free acceleration

    Since we charge it mostly at home with solar energy from our house, the thought of ‘don’t accelerate unnecessarily, you waste gas and pollute the environment’ has been eliminated. So much more fun to drive.

    6. Other peoples inefficiencies bother me less

    Before I would hate driving behind people braking down the hill to accelerate on the bottom up the hill again, what a waste of my gas, same goes for the four-way stop signs that I had to get used to when moving to california that seem so wasteful. But now since energy is clean and free, and because the car actually recharges the battery while braking, I really don’t care any more.

    7. Phone app is great convenience

    I love being able to turn on the AC from the phone before going to the car to find it cool and comfortable. Also to check on range and charging status, in particular when in a restaurant while its charging outside. Or what address you parked it at when in a city you are unfamiliar with.

    8. has 80 mile range, but with DC fast charging can go further

    When we feel adventurous, we make road trips more far out, and then we either do mostly free L2 charging at the destination to make it back, or pay the $10 to get a quick 80% charge at an NRG EV Go DC-fast charging station, where you sometimes have to compete pretty hard with the nissan leafs that come with free DC fast charging for a year.


    The tires it comes with don’t have as good grip as the volkswagen jetta, most notably on a metal bridge I drove over, but seem adequate for normal californian weather.

    The volkswagen Jetta used to be our secondary car, and my wife would always drive the Honda Odysee for the longer commute because of its spaciousness. Now with the e-Golf this has turned around, we save gas now on both cars as the Oddysee is only used as second choice for the daily trip to the trainstation, and also longer distance about 4 times a year when going on a vacation.

    So while saving gas is a clear upside, the fact that I bought a fun car and still have to hand it over to my spouse is kind of a downside 🙂

  4. Mister G says:

    VW..needs to offer 11 million 200 mile BEV for $25,000 and eat the loss in lieu of EPA fines for Diesel gate.

    1. BraveLilToaster says:

      Hah! I think that would be pure poetic justice, but you’re offering them for too high a price tag. 😉 Fewer cars at $20k would result in a whole lot more EV converts.

  5. “Admittedly our trips have been of the short variety as we racked up only 3700 miles in two months of testing”.

    That’s an annual odometer rate of 22,000 miles per year. Not bad considering average U.S. driver accumulates ~12-15,000 miles per year.

    Seems MotorWeek’s drivers liked driving the e-Golf a bit more than they’re willing to admit. 😉

  6. Martin T. says:

    Maybe this is the only way forward for VW,
    they cannot seem to get Petrol or Diesel & Drive trains right.

    Surely they can put an electric car together (Really hope someone other than VW is supplying the electric motor and controller!)

  7. Suzanne M. says:

    I’ve had the eGolf since May and have been consistently getting 105-110 miles on a full charge. I’m driving in NJ and NYC. The traffic in NYC and all the braking always gets me extra miles. In less traffic filled conditions, using Normal and Eco, I’m finding trips end up netting out very close to the driving distances mapped with a nav or google maps. I’ve pushed it on a summer road trip to the beach but the aircon and higher speed highway driving left me just a few miles short of being able to reach the destination. For anything under 2 hours away at 100 miles, I’ve been doing well. I’ve had a GTIs in the past. The eGolf drives great, is fun and wonderfully quiet. I just wish NYC had more public places to charge up outside parking garages.