Volkswagen e-Golf Review
The Volkswagen e-Golf has is a standout among electric cars, but not in the ways you might think. Indeed, the e-Golf looks very similar to the regular Golf, and it drives very similar to one as well. That means the e-Golf offers better than average handling and all the space and practicality you expect from this popular small hatchback. If you're looking for an EV that cooly goes about its business without screaming "I'm an EV!" Volkswagen's e-Golf should be a great choice for you.
Current Volkswagen e-Golf
Volkswagen sells the e-Golf in SE, Limited Edition and SEL trim levels, and all are nicely equipped. Functionally the three are largely identical, with the Limited Edition adding simulated leather upholstery, while the SEL gets navigation and the availability of advanced driver aids such as forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.
All Volkswagen e-Golf models are powered by a 134-horsepower electric motor that drives the front wheels, fed by a 35.8-kWh battery that provides an EPA-rated range of 125 miles. Volkswagen claims a 0-60-mph time of 9.6 seconds. All e-Golfs feature a 7.2-kW onboard charger. DC fast charging, which allows the battery to be juiced up to 80 percent capacity in less than an hour, is optional on the SE and standard on Limited Edition and SEL models.
Aside from its electric powertrain, the e-Golf offers many of the attributes that have made the gasoline-powered Golf a favorite of ours. Aside from a bit of blue trim and a power display in place of the tachometer, the e-Golf's interior is identical to that of the regular Golf, with high-quality materials and an excellent dashboard layout. The interior is roomy for the car's size, though the back seat lacks thigh support. Despite the location of the battery pack under the floor, the e-Golf's cargo capacity is identical to that of the fuel-powered Golf, with 22.8 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seat and 52.7 cubes when the seat is folded down. The e-Golf even handles like the gasoline-powered car, and we think ride quality on the highway is even smoother.
Used Volkswagen e-Golf Models
Volkswagen introduced the e-Golf as a 2015 model. Originally, it had a 115-hp electric motor and a 24.2-kwh battery pack that was good for an EPA-estimated range of 83 miles. The following year, a new base trim was introduced, along with an updated infotainment system for SE and SEL models. Several of the 2015 e-Golf SE's standard features, including navigation and parking sensors, moved to the options list, as did fast-charging capability for all models. But SELs gained optional collision mitigation and self-parking systems. VW introduced the current e-Golf's improvements in power and range for the 2017 model year.
Read the most recent 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Volkswagen e-Golf page.
For more on past Volkswagen e-Golf models, view our Volkswagen e-Golf history page.