Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf

About Volkswagen e-Golf

Once a simple, unassuming hatchback, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf line has grown to include an all-electric e-Golf, two high-performance trims (GTI and R) and a wagon (reviewed separately). Although the fuel-economy champ TDI diesel is no longer offered, the Golf TSI’s standard 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine returns highway fuel economy in the 35-mpg range and is a rather peppy performer. While competitors like the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra have caught up to the Golf in terms of performance and comfort, the 2017 VW Golf still displays a more upscale feel. Its German heritage delivers excellent driving characteristics that still seem to elude Hyundai and Honda, although the Mazda3 trumps the Golf TSI in both handling and fuel economy.

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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
What's new for 2017?
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

For 2017, VW has dropped all 2-door models, and reduces the number of trims on the TSI to just two: S and Wolfsburg. There’s a new Sport trim for the GTI, while the Autobahn gains adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking and an available upgraded Driver Assistance Package.

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
What's new for 2016?
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

The 2016 Golf gains a new MIB II infotainment audio system with VW Car-Net App-Connect technology. The system can support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. The Golf’s Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitor, Lane Assist and Park Assist.

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf
What's new for 2015?
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

The 2015 VW Golf is all-new, 2.5 inches longer and a half-inch wider. With 5-passenger comfort and the cargo space of a midsize sedan, the new Golf weighs almost 80 pounds less than its predecessor. It features new turbocharged engines, formally adds the GTI to the family and has on deck the Golf R performance version, the e-Golf EV and Golf SportWagen.

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Consumer Reviews

2017 e-Golf is the perfect around-town car

By on Friday, November 10, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nimble driving, fun to drive, high-end interior"

Cons: "who knows about a VWs reliability?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I can not understand why more people do not purchase electric vehicles in general, or the e-Golf in particular. The newest iteration adds a decent kick to the battery, making it such so that I only need to charge about once a week. Granted, I only drive between 15-20 miles a day, but unless you have a long commute, you probably do not drive much more than that either. Combined with an older, internal combustion engine vehicle in our family, this car is the economical, environmentally-friendly schlepper for going to the store, getting to work, and taking our son to and from school. And the drive in doing all of these activities is quiet, smooth, and refined. One doesnt appreciate the quiet of an electric vehicle until actually driving one, and having driven this car for about a month I am still astounded by this quality. The ride quality in this car is astounding for a small car. One doesnt feel the bumps as one might expect. The weight distribution and low center of gravity gives this car great handling in all driving situations. And having spent a bit of time in the Chevy Bolt (before I purchased the e-Golf), I appreciate the quality materials and fine finish on the interior. One feels like they are in a much more expensive car. The look on the outside of the car is rather understated, but I like that about the e-Golf. It doesnt scream, Look at me! Others may find the look rather drab, so the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Bolt might be more to their liking. With the Level II charger installed in our garage, I can go from no charge to full in about 3 1/2 hours. The standard 120-volt wall outlet will suffice, but only if you have the patience for the 22-hour charge time. I recommend the investment in the Level II charger; its worth the convenience over the long haul. As long as the 7500 federal tax subsidy stays in place, this is a very affordable vehicle and totally serviceable for most driving needs for most people."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

My favorite car ever!

By on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"First off with the negative(s): -- its an electric with only 80 miles range -- this makes it pretty much only a commuter car for around town and short trips. Next the positives: -- its electric! -- instant torque at any RPM -- because the battery weight is low it corners like a go-cart -- its super quiet (no gas engine) -- its super smooth (no gas engine with narrow torque band) -- no trips to smelly gas station (no gas engine) -- low maintenance costs (see below) -- inexpensive to drive (over 100 MPG equivalent), and you can often find free charging -- we live on a hill and most of the energy we lose going up comes back to us going down -- cruise control works even downhill (while adding charge to your battery at the same time) -- single pedal driving means you seldom have to use the brakes (down on the gas pedal to go faster, up on gas pedal to slow down); this is super fun to use on twisty mountain roads. What it doesnt have (and you wont miss): -- muffler, engine noise, rumbling, shaking, oil changes, transmission, spark plugs, valves, pistons, crankshaft, ... -- the lack of so many complicated devices means they never have to be fixed or replaced"

13 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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