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Volkswagen e-Golf Review

Written by Clare Clark · 27/04/21

The VW e-Golf offers an impressive quiet drive, ample space, and classic styling. We have come to expect everything from this quintessential car that is greener than its alternative diesel and petrol siblings, and it does not disappoint. Read our review to learn more about what we love about this electric car.

Summary

The Golf is an iconic and practical family car, and the e-Golf continues to uphold all the characteristics that many of us have loved for years and years. Ultimately, other than a few tweaks, the interior and exterior have remained the same. The significant change is what you experience when you drive the e-Golf, and our opinion is that the electric motor is an important added benefit.

It would be remiss of us not to mention that Volkswagen has already stopped producing the e-Golf as ultimately the VW ID.3 has replaced it. Still, the e-Golf has a lot to offer and is a model to consider when looking to buy an electric car, and let's be honest; buying used also has its benefits.

Range, Charging, & Emissions

Model Battery Size Wallbox Charge Time Rapid Charge Time
VW e-golf 35.8kWh 5hrs 15min (7.4kW,0-100%) 36 mins (50kW, 10-80%)

The e-Golf Volkswagen produces a range of 186 miles, which is more than suitable for your local journeys to work or the school run. But should you wish to travel further afield with your electric car, you would need to plan your route, as in the real world, the range is likely to be 125 miles or so. Sadly, the e-Golf does not offer the same range capabilities of a Nissan Leaf or a Kia e-Niro which can offer up to 282 miles of range on a single charge. Still, unlike today's competitors, the e-Golf is an electric variant of an existing model, so there will be compromises as most electric models today are built from the ground up.

The range will be affected by your driving style and how much you ramp up the heating or the air con. But the e-Golf does come with a Car-net app, which will pre-warm the cabin and defrost the screen on cold wintry mornings, meaning that it will be nice and cosy when you need to leave and your range has not been affected.

This all-electric vehicle is fitted with a Rapid charging inlet as standard and can charge to 80% within 45 minutes, and while this is impressive, the rest of the charging stats are a little slower compared to its rivals. If you only have a three-pin charger at home, you will be looking at a charging time of 13 hours. In comparison, a home wall charging unit would have you fully charged and ready to get on your way in about 4 hours.

Just as an aside, there are government support packages available to help you fund a charger at your home with the £350 OLEV EVHS grant. It is worth checking if you are eligible for the grant as it is a considerable saving on the charger unit.

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