Volkswagen Unveils New 124-Mile 2017 e-Golf At LA Auto Show (w/video)


Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new 2017 e-Golf at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Though we’ve already seen the new e-Golf in conventional and plug-in hybrid (GTE) form, this is the first time we’ve laid eyes on the new pure electric version.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

First up for the e-Golf and, as expected, battery capacity increases from 24 kWh in the current e-Golf to 35.8 kWh in the new 2017 model. There’s also been some gains on the efficiency side as well.

All this translate to a significant range upgrade over the 83-mile EPA rating of the current e-Golf. The 2017 version will boast range of 300 kilometers or more, according to VW. That’s 300 km NEDC of course, but it’s still way higher than the e-Golf’s current 190 km NEDC rating.

Look for EPA range to move up from 83 miles to 124 miles. That’s more than the Nissan LEAF (107 miles), near identical to the upcoming Hyundai IONIQ (rated at 124 miles), but still far less than the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt.

“Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The new battery increases the range by about 50 percent, with the aim of a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge.”

Additionally, motor horsepower increases from 115 hp to 134 hp and torque is now 214 pound-feet. So, the new Golf will be a bit peppier:

“The 2017 e-Golf runs zero to 60 mph more than a second faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds, and its top speed increases to 93 mph.”

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Some other highlights include:

  • 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims
  • New infotainment options: 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment screen and Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with interactive instruments
  • New Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring driver assistance system
  • Upgraded Driver Assistance Package now includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor Plus with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) and High
  • Beam Control (Light Assist)
  • Redesigned front and rear ends upgraded with full-LED headlights and taillights

Sales of the new e-Golf will commence early next year in the U.S., as retail production of the new 35.8 kWh battery packs start in December in Germany.  Update:  The longer range e-Golf has also been confirmed for a Canadian release in 2017.

The 2017 e-Golf will eventually be sold nationwide, according to Volkswagen. Pricing information is expected to be released closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.

Press blast below:


Nov 17, 2016

Next-generation e-Golf offers improved driving range and new technology throughout

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Increased battery capacity offers potential for 50 percent improved driving range
Power and torque are boosted to 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet
New infotainment options: 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment screen and Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with interactive instruments
New Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring driver assistance system
Upgraded Driver Assistance Package now includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor Plus with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) and High Beam Control (Light Assist)
Redesigned front and rear ends upgraded with full-LED headlights and taillights

Los Angeles, CA — In a world premiere at Automobility LA today, Volkswagen of America, Inc. presented the latest generation of the e-Golf. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 e-Golf offers an improved range, more power and new features.

For 2017, Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The new battery increases the range by about 50 percent, with the aim of a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims, which enables the battery to be fully charged in less than six hours at a traditional charging station. When equipped with DC Fast Charging (optional on SE, standard on SEL Premium), the battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.

The electric motor has been upgraded as well. It now develops 134 horsepower, which is 19 hp more than the first version of the e-Golf. At the same time, the maximum torque of the electric motor has been boosted from 199 pound-feet to 214 lb-ft. The 2017 e-Golf runs zero to 60 mph more than a second faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds, and its top speed increases to 93 mph.

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch Concept (with 300 km/186 miles range NEDC) earlier debuted in Paris in September

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch Concept (with 300 km/186 miles range NEDC) earlier debuted in Paris in September

The 2017 e-Golf offers new, high-tech features like the fully digital and interactive Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. With this optional system, all instruments—including specific e-Golf instruments such as the power meter—are virtually implemented on the 12.3-inch color screen. There are different information profiles which change the type of information displayed and the graphics in certain areas. Information can be integrated on driving, navigation and assistance functions and display phone contact images or album cover art.

The available Discover Pro infotainment system trim has a large 9.2-inch glass display with a completely new design. For the first time in a Golf, it is possible to individually configure the home screen. In addition, the innovative gesture control system, first debuted at CES 2015, is planned to become reality in the next two years for the U.S. market. Gesture control works in a wide variety of menus. All it takes is a hand swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items to the left or right, allowing the user to navigate through the main menu, change radio stations, or skip to the next song. The e-Golf continues to offer remote access via the Volkswagen Car-Net app (including battery charging and auxiliary air conditioning), as well as Car-Net App-Connect for compatible smartphones that offers Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink® integration and Guide & Inform services.

Volkswagen is also extending the range of driver assistance systems for the e-Golf in the 2017 model year. Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) adds pedestrian monitoring, which will warn the driver acoustically and visually, supply increased braking pressure, and if the driver does not react, apply the brakes in order to help mitigate a collision with a pedestrian as well as other vehicles. An optional Driver Assistance Package for the SEL Premium will include the following features: Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor Plus, Lane Assist, Park Assist and Light Assist.

The facelifted Golf family debuted in Europe just a week ago, and the 2017 e-Golf introduces those design changes to the U.S. market. The standout exterior changes include new bumpers, front fenders and LED headlights and taillights. In the front, the new bumper integrates the unmistakable C-shaped LED auxiliary Daytime Running Lights and is accented by the traditional blue grille trim strip, which carries into the redesigned headlights. The rear was also designed to be more charismatic. Along with a new bumper, new LED taillights define the design. Inside, new décor and seat trim gives e-Golf a fresh look.

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“New and Improved!”
And the best they could pull of was 9.6 seconds 0-60?

The range is getting there, but they’ve got to fix the performance.

Yup. New and improved, yet it still lags 2014 SparkEV (from 2013) by 3 seconds that’s far cheaper and comes with 140 HP, 400 ft-lb torque motor.

At least they raised the HP to compensate for the heavier weight, unlike BMW and the i3. But 9 seconds still puts the VW in the LEAF class. I will have to test myself, but my friend just put a Box on his 2017 i3rex and got a decent 6.9 seconds. So perhaps my 2017 i3 BEV won’t be that slow after all. Will test it soon as it arrives.I know 124mi range will be easy to achieve as BMW has gone ultraconservative with their range and accel numbers for some reason.

Question: Is this updated E Golf any heavier due to more kWh of batteries? With the newer cells I would think that the weight would be only a bit more.

An even better comparison would be a base regular Golf (0-60 ~7 sec with 170 hp).

Since they share the same name you would think they could at least get close to matching the performance specs of the lowest priced regular Golf.

It’s a hard sell when the customer sees that it’s slower to 60 by 3 seconds, has less cargo space and is more expensive than a regular Golf.

Yep, very lame.

They just don’t want that the electric version outperform the rest of the family.

Yup. 🙁

Yeah, an also ran, not even to challenge the Bolt seems pretty inadequate.
Of course VW does not have a lot of extra cash atm, due to the huge judgement against them, and they couldn’t just flip a switch and give it 200 miles of range. Still, it will hit showroom floors with a resounding thud!

And that’s why TESLA will take marketshare.

Another Euro point of view

I agree 9.6s for 0-60 is on the slow side however for those of us living in wet countries up north, sub 7s 0-60 cars are all very good from May to September but the rest of the year one is all to happy to just remain on our wet & dark twisting roads and not plastered against a tree. I seriously considered a sub 7s 0-60 car during summer months then with first heavy autumn rains and falling leaves I thought that for my family & own security 0-60 in 8 sec. was more than good enough.

@ John: Go play some videogames if you feel that is the most important thing

The sheer fact that when driving my Leaf 95% of cars were in my rear view mirror by the other side of the intersection after a red light tells me 0 to 60 times are pretty much irrevelant in to most all car buyers…

Another Euro point of view

Agreed, where I live people probably spend more cash on their new cars than in any other country in Europe (I live in Luxembourg, a financial center). So many expensive & powerful cars on the roads. Yet people here are in average so slow off the traffic lights that at times I counted only 4 cars passing before it got red again. I could cry. Would they have 50HP engine it would probably be enough for the use they have. It seems bragging rights is the key of the game with 0-60 figures. I also noted that when looking at car reviews, time usually spent reviewing the various gadgets and interior feature is becoming bigger and bigger while often test driver do not even really mention whether handling while driving is good anymore. If that trends continues we will soon all buy self-driving cars able to do 0-60 in 1.5s but effectively driving most of the time at 25 mph and off the traffic lights as if in slow motion.

I often use SparkEV’s extra oomph in merging in freeway. With my old Prius, I braked and waited for opening, sometimes getting on the shoulder. But not anymore with SparkEV. Its confidence inspiring in freeway merging, albeit with torque steer.

But if you never experience this, (ie, LA where freeway average speed is like 12 MPH), you wouldn’t benefit from extra acceleration. Then you would never know what you’re missing.

0-60 performance is vital to most car buyers.

You don’t have to tap it to know 9.6 seconds might come up short on some freeway merge.

Some EV buyers are just boring, or feel less than worthy of indulgence. Or want to the choir to believe otherwise.

With the possible exception of a major price cut or subvented leasing, why would anyone take one of these over the (MT Car of The Year, C&D 10-Best) Chevy Bolt? Good luck to VW!

the only reason to buy this over a bolt (aside from “brand” + despicable ignition-switch scandal) would be the size.

Bolt looks really small for a family of 4. The egolf seems a tad roomier. Considering the range the egolf should go by <32k to be competitive, unless Bolt's size is a deal-breaker.

Are you being ironic when mentioning the GM ignition scandal as a reason to buy a VW? Wasn’t VW caught intentionally cheating on the emissions test? And now it turns out it also intentionally cheated on CAFE? Aren’t these scandals far more significant and more on point — from an environmental point of view — than any other scandal in history?

No I was not ironic, to me that ignition switch scandal was a matter of criminal negligence.

What VW did was WORSE in scope but it did no directly lead to deaths, as far as I know).

Both manufacturers deserve punishment from car buyers.

Didn’t lead to any deaths????… Are you kidding me????!!!! You obviously never heard of lung cancer or asthma or other breathing ailments from co2

Nope, never have heard of those things from CO2. 😉

From other stuff found in car exhaust like sulfur and nitrogen compounds, small particulates, VOCs, etc … yes these smog-forming pollutants contribute to asthma and lung cancer, but CO2 does not. CO2 is only a problem because of global warming.

The Bolt EV has more passenger room than the eGolf. The eGolf is also classified as a “compact”.

I don’t think may people care about “ignition switch conspiracies”, especially when none of these cars have ignition switches. I think “diesel-gate” would have a much bigger impact.

It is not a “conspiracy theory”

Terms of the agreement were undisclosed.
General Motors GM -0.14% said on Monday it settled the last two so-called bellwether cases stemming from a faulty ignition switch linked to 124 deaths and 275 injuries.

The Bolt EV has 94.4 cubic feet of passenger space and 16.9 cubic feet of cargo volume.

e-golf has 93.5 cubic feet of passenger space and 22.8 cubic feet of cargo volume.

So they are not much different in Size. The only reason to buy an e-golf will be price if VW prices it right.

I expect the Golf feels every bit as roomy, or more so, than the Bolt. The Bolt gets it’s volume from being very tall, which it uses to good benefit in leg room and head room, but unless you are very tall I doubt you’d notice the extra .9 cuft of passenger volume. If you’re riding 5 people you may or may not notice the 1″ narrower width of the Bolt.

35% greater cargo capacity for the Golf is substantial.

Still for me, it’d be the Bolt, easily, if I were choosing between these two, for it’s performance and range.

It would need to be significantly less than $37k to take any sales away from the Bolt. $30k max….

“Will eventually be sold nationwide”

translation : it will be a CARB states compliance car.

I would really consider one though, if priced reasonably (compared to the bolt). If this will go for about 20k after incentives I would buy it today.

Tesla needs to hurry and forget about “cowbells”, really, make it good, decent range ~300km ( ~200miles) simple, utilitarian AND cheaper. Even if a car offers far better electronics, driver-assist etc, I don’t think that is worth twice the price (compared to a similar car size and range), for most people.

In this case you will be buying one of these. It will be less than the Bolt EV. Very likely the same price or slightly more than the current e-Golf which has a MSRP of roughly $29K. So you will get to your $20K target.

However, you’re getting a whole lot less. Not only do you get half the range, you also get less performance, worse handling, inferior packaging — all problems you get when trying to modify an existing ICE vehicle.

I disagree on the technology, especially as it relates to safety. If the technology keeps you from an accident, it will easily pay for itself. A door handle that pops out may be one thing but forward automatic braking is another.

I’m guessing it will be $33k to pay for the extra 10kWh of battery.

So not much more for a Bolt EV, which is much more car.

According to Swedish articles it will go in to production in April next year and the price will be little higher then the existing e-Golf. For me it seams to high price for half the range of Bolt and Model lll.

Hehe this is a joke right? The BOLT is 50% faster, and you can drive it twice as far.

Plus what is the price of this dog?

For reference, the current e-Golf starts at $29.

Impressive car for the November 2014 LA Auto Show!

….oh wait, it’s Nov 2016. FAIL

bro1999. You are just too bad!


I don’t know why you guys are so scornful about Golf. It a very strong brand in Europe, especially in the North. And there’s no other model with such specefications available in Europe, only concepts.
What’a bad finally?

The brand may be strong, the car isn’t.

I cannot speak for anyone else, but I think people will be very hard on VW for the foreseeable future following the emissions scandal from last fall. Especially since VW spent so long touting the clean diesel tech over hybrids and EVs. They don’t have the benefit of the doubt for most EV advocates.

But speaking objectively, I this is a decent EV upgrade for the e-Golf. This seems to be the stage of EV’s we are in right now – 100-125 mile ranges for most manufacturers. So they are right there in the middle of the pack.

However, my money is on the Bolt and Model 3 as the cars of choice for the next few years. 🙂 Hyundai and Nissan are already planning their 200 mi upgrades so hopefully VW and BMW will have this on the way also.

Another Euro point of view

“people will be very hard on VW for the foreseeable future following the emissions scandal from last fall”.

True in the US but VW as a group is not very much exposed to the US as (good) 2016 sales figures do show. I am more worried of a corporate culture that made this cheating possible. I feel a somewhat aimless VW and wonder if Mr. Muller has the leadership to change this company culture. In my opinion he doesn’t.

The Renault Zoe and the Kia Soul EV come to mind.

Another slow, low range compliance car….

This car isn’t for me, for a variety of reasons. But I’m glad to see all of these entry-level vehicles and even compliance cars moving to 100+ mile range. This really does move the bar for the entire market. Honestly, I really have a hard time believing it when people tell me 124 miles is not enough range for them. You could still be expected to commute 50 miles each direction (which is insane) even in not-so-great weather. This should cover like 98% of the population.

I think the problem is that it’s still quite a lot of money for a 2nd runaround/commuter car and those of us who are a 1 car household might find it a bit restricting,

That said, I do think they are being very conservative with the 124 mile range, being an eco driver, I will almost certainly get 150 miles of out this.

After the Bolt, any car with less than 200 miles real world range in that class or above is pretty much stillborn. In just two or three years a sub-150 miles range will only be acceptable in dedicated subcompact urban runabouts, commuters and grocery-getters.

Another Euro point of view

At least this new eGolf puts forward good progress in batteries energy density. I mean stuffing 35.8Kwh in same space as 24Kwh previously (or ?). I hope it will be reasonably priced as it should. Anything above EUR 32K would be just too much IMO.

Until VW starts selling the e-Golf in Texas I don’t really care.

Good point!

As we say in Philly: “Big whoop”!! Who gives a flying %$#@#? The E-Golf is not available in PA and by the time this gets here(if it ever does)it will be a dinosaur ‘…and for that reason, I am out…’.(Think Shark Tank).

Think the lack of an active thermal management system for the battery may still be a bit problematic for this EV, but it is good to have the eGolf as an option. Independent rear suspension and the resulting improved handling are rare among this class of EVs.

How do they think this can possibly compete with the Bolt?

They don’t. They simply need the ZEV credits.

They can’t get ZEV credit if the cars don’t sell. The way things are going, even Nissan may need to buy ZEV credits from GM if they don’t come up with better EV soon, never mind VW.

ZEV credits are still worth about $2.5k. So they can discount significantly.

I suspect the price they have already factor in ZEV credits.

As far as how it lines up to the Bolt, for me it comes down to the lease rate. If the SE stays at $179/mo with the upgrades, I’d go with the eGolf SE.

I have the eGolf as my daily commuting car and the 124 mile range is plenty for me. The additional range of a Bolt is welcomed of course, but I may never utilize it.

If the lease price is the same between the cars, I’d go with the Bolt, but I’m not willing to pay more for range that I’ll never use. In other words, there still is a market for the lower range eGolf for commuters who have weekend, fun cars.

P.S. The adaptive cruise control (if it’s the one that goes down to a full stop) is like gold to me. If the car can handle the pedal pressing of stop and go on my 75 mile roundtrip freeway commute, it’s a must have vs more range.

is GM currently lobbying trump and republicans to reduce fuel efficiency standards so that they don’t have to sell the chevy bolt?? lolol

Yes, GM, along with VW and most of the rest of the car makers are indeed lobbying to cut the proposed future CAFE fleet mpg standards.

Just like they lobbied against seat belts, air bags, safety glass, crash standards, and against any CAFE requirement in the first place when it was first introduced.

Car makers in general have a rather poor lobbying record.

Who is going to buy a Leaf next year???? They are toast — Even the VW out does it for the same price.

Nissan better get off its kiester….

Nissan will have a new electric car to show you next year and it will not be late when you consider the party is just getting started.

Expect some big discounts and incentives for the Leaf once the Bolt is selling in volume.

It’s the only way they’ll move any inventory.

I am glad VW is working to improve the e-Golf. They did a good job on the first gen, and I hope they keep all the good stuff, and fix the niggles.

We like our e-Golf more than our Leaf, because it fits us better, and it is a better car to drive. They got the regen design almost perfectly.

They need to boost the performance of the direct heating windshield defroster, and they need to have a heated rear seat, and heat the steering wheel, too. The lock for the charging plug needs to be able to be optional, and at least it needs to unlock when it is done charging. The charging port needs a LIGHT. :-O And the belly pan needs to extend all the way to the rear bumper.

They need to lower the price. And they need to educate their dealers better – but that is hardly unique.

One Volt owner got some phosphorescent paint and painted around his charging port.

So the already low $49-149/month leases on the current 2016 e-Golfs will drop to ????

A year or two ago, this would have been a very welcome improvement. It would be yet another EV car maker finally making good on the original promises of selling 100+ mile EV’s, when what we actually got were a whole crop of ~75 mile range EV’s. This would have fit the natural progression of battery cell technology which improves at roughly 14% in cost per kWh every year. A year or two ago when this car was probably green-lighted for production, I’m sure everybody at VW thought that way too. But the Bolt and upcoming M3 have simply leapfrogged that natural progression, and now this is just too little too late. Which is a shame, because a few years ago this could have been a pretty nice EV. I’m certain it will find buyers who will find the range perfectly adequate for their own personal needs. If you drive almost exclusively in the city where you never hit 60 mph, 0-60 numbers won’t matter. And if you have a second car for longer trips and never go 100 miles in a day, the range is fine. People will buy what suits their needs, and more power to them. I… Read more »

Even I knew about Bolt and Model 3 being 200 miles range almost 2 years ago, and back then I wasn’t paying as much attention to EV. I’m sure VW knew of Bolt, but they probably bet that GM cannot pull it off by 2017. VW’s fault is not seeing how wonderful SparkEV is back then, and underestimate GM’s ability for Bolt.

VW just announced they are cutting 5% of the sales force etc. looks like Brasil and Argentina are going to get it first. This is going shut plants in Germany. Looks like their EV plans are going to put some existing factories in transition.

I welcome the additional range. As far as features, in it’s time, my 2015 e-Golf SEL had more than enough to keep me happy. When I need more range, I just grab the keys to the Touareg TDI, where 800 miles on a fillup is a good days driving.

I’ll have to go down to the show to see the 2017. But it will be a while before I plun down for another VW electric, since getting my 2015 for a really great price. Since I get 6.0 miles/kwh, already, 100-115 miles between recharges can be done, easily. I just don’t like to run the battery into the last 18 miles of range.

DC Fast Charge should be standard as well as a 120/240 charge cord with the car. Basic items like that can make a big difference for most drivers.
They are not even in the same Century with Tesla. Their cost is too high, As SPARKev wrote the best value is the Chevy SPARK EV and very soon the Bolt.