Volkswagen e-Golf 2014 review

14 Mar, 2014 5:45pm Ray Hutton

Electric technology takes a familiar shape with new Volkswagen e-Golf

Verdict

4
As an electric car based on an existing model, the Volkswagen e-Golf offers something familiar to zero-emissions buyers. It’s quieter, smoother and, of course, cheaper to run than a conventionally powered Golf, but you have to be willing to sacrifice range and also pay more than for the innovative BMW i3.

If the Golf GTE adds a performance focus to VW’s plug-in hybrid hatch, the new Volkswagen e-Golf brings a touch of familiarity to the world of electric cars.

It’s a welcome arrival in a market kick-started by the Nissan Leaf and then invigorated by BMW’s i3. The e-Golf costs £25,845 after the £5,000 Government grant – so it’s £165 pricier than the i3, but not that much more expensive than a traditional Golf.

This all-electric model gets an auto box and air-con as standard. It’s near-silent in operation, and the ride is as cosseting as you’d expect from a Golf. There are five levels of energy regeneration, and the maximum range is 118 miles. However, that’s only really achievable if you’re using Eco or Eco+ modes – the latter drops power from 113bhp to 94bhp and disables the air-con.

Leave it in Normal mode, though, and the car feels far quicker than its claimed 0-62mph time of 10.4 seconds. A full charge takes eight hours from a British Gas-installed charger at your home, but ultimately – like the Leaf and i3 – the e-Golf is only suitable for short trips and predictable journey patterns.

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Time to stop sending tax payers money to Germany. Buy an electric car if you want one but pay for it yourself, I don't wish to subsidise you. I don't work all week to help pay for people to drive these poor cars.

coming from a man who likes vanilla ice...

and yes, germans are way smarter than silly english people :)

What's vanilla ice got to do with anything? It's a randomised name.

Anyway, I know plenty of Germans, some are quite smart and some definitely are not.

This EV should do well when it comes to the US. I like how it has different power modes to offer more control of it's power usage. This way if you just want not have fun and to worry about range, you can use full power, but if it's long range you have ECO, and longest range you got ECO+.

Ford needs to offer this on all their hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.

But this article is missing basic info that should be in every EV review:

1. EV Range - Done!

2. Battery pack size and does it have liquid cooling - which has an impact on how fast it can charge, and how efficient it will be in hot climates.

3. Onboard Charger speed - which limits how fast it can charge at L2 rate.

4. DC Quick Charge Port - VW is to offer the DC Combo Charger port in the US, so it's expected it has the same in Europe.

Key specs

  • Price: £25,845 (after Govt grant)
  • Engine: Electric motor
  • Power: 113bhp
  • Transmission: Single speed, front-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 10.4 seconds
  • Top speed: 87mph
  • Range/CO2: 118 miles/0g/km
AEX 1,339
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