Volkswagen e-Golf Video Review

APR 19 2015 BY MARK KANE 13

e-Golf Interior

e-Golf Interior

Alex L. Dykes from the Alex on Autos channel released an in-depth review of Volkswagen e-Golf.

If you’re considering the e-Golf among other EVs and have a spare 25 minutes, this is the review you should check out.

Presentation includes exterior, engine motor, charging options, seats, interior, infotainment, cargo area capacity, drive including regenerative braking, comfort and price. The detailed review will appeal especially to the customers new to the EV world.

In the summary, Alex compares some of the features and prices of the e-Golf to the Nissan LEAF and Kia Soul EV. As always, every car has its strong and weak points, so you must decide which needs are most important for you.

There is a bonus video on child seat installation in e-Golf too.

“Is the eGolf the right EV for you? How does it stack up against the Soul EV and LEAF?”

“Can you fit three child seats in a Golf? How about rear facing behind an adult? Check this video out!”

Hat tip to Scott S!

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A huge minus with the e-Golf is the locking J1772 charging port. Currently, AFAIK, there is no way to remotely unlock it or program it to remain unlocked, so the cord remains stuck to the car even when the e-Golf has finished charging. This is VERY UNFRIENDLY when sharing charging stations in public or at work. A big mistake on VW’s part.

I agree about the locking charge port — very annoying and unfriendly! We have this issue at work, where we have 250+ EVs and only 48 EVSEs. We rely on the ability to unplug other cars when they are finished in order to get everyone charged by the end of the day.

250 EVs…where do you work?

Good review. He also goes over the differences between the E-Golf and the Ford Focus Electric and the Spark EV.

“VW Provided the insurance, vehicle and gas for this review”

I wonder what they did with the gas.

Pumped it into the atmosphere. 🙁

Hopefully cracked the windows a bit…

Unless VW manage to make it available everywhere, this will be a compliance EV and should not be promoted AT ALL.

That’s a bit harsh. The e-Golf is already available all over Europe. In fact, it is selling quite well there – particularly in Norway.

Of the Golf lineup (which is very popular world wide), the e-Golf is already nearly 5% of all cars sold.

I have no reason to doubt that VW is serious about selling the e-Golf, even if they do have some learning curve regarding marketing it.

At least they are trying. I’ve seen more e-Golf commercials than Leaf commercials.

I suspect that VW is taking a conservative approach, selling the car where people are most likely to buy it without over training their staff just to get it to all 50 states at launch. They will get there, though.

Bottom line – we should very much support VW with this effort. Let’s put our money where our mouths are and show them there is a real market for a good EV.

“Das Langweilig Elektroauto”

Surprised to find the eGolf is so light. Lightness is the key to efficiency, so it might actually do much better than 83 miles in the real world. I also like the simplicity of the analogue power meter and the braking flexibility.

The eGolf is probably the best of the sub-100 mile EVs, but it’s a bit overpriced, especially when 200 miles EVs are on the horizon. Put $5k on the hood and I would buy one today. Also rolling it out across the country before many of the state incentives expire would help.

One correction. The weight of the egolf is 3391 lbs not 3090 lbs. This was an error VW made in their initial US pricing announcement in their Jan 2014 press release and it found its way into all the reviews and configurator comparison web sites. I wrote VW at the time but they didn’t correct it until the August 2014 pricing press release

That makes it weigh 750 lbs more than the BMW i3, not 400. The i3 carbon body, overall smaller size and a battery weighing 200 lbs less is what explains it