Used 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
Pros & Cons
- Looks and drives more like a typical car than other EVs
- Premium interior materials
- Plenty of trunk space
- Comfortable and quiet ride
- Shorter electric range than other EVs
- Limited availability
Which e-Golf does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.9 / 10
If you'd prefer your electric car to be different and make a statement to other motorists about your eco-savvy attitude, the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf is most definitely not for you. In the process of electrifying its popular and long-running hatchback, VW kept the Golf's styling and interior pretty much the same. But the normality of the e-Golf is one of its greatest strengths: It combines all the practicality, personality and familiarity of a regular Golf and subtracts the tailpipe and all of its emissions.
There are some subtle differences to the exterior styling (the e-Golf-specific wheels are the easiest way to tell), and the interior gets a few subtle tweaks as well to better inform the driver about the state of the battery charge. But most of the standard Golf carries over, which means you get a smooth ride quality and a premium and versatile interior. This electric car is remarkably free of compromise.
Compared to other rival electric vehicles, however, the e-Golf has one significant drawback: range. Its EPA-estimated range of 125 miles will be sufficient for a lot of people, but a few top rivals — namely, the Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV — can go about twice as far. Acceleration isn't particularly quick with the e-Golf either. But overall we like the Volkswagen e-Golf and recommend it if you're shopping for a natural stepping stone into the electrified world.
Notably, we picked the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf as one of Edmunds' Cheapest Electric Cars for 2020.
Volkswagen e-Golf models
The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf is the electric version of the regular Golf hatchback. It comes with a 35.8-kWh battery pack and a 134-horsepower electric motor. Its EPA-estimated driving range is 125 miles. VW offers two trim levels: SE and SEL Premium.
Standard equipment on the SE includes a 7.2-kW onboard charger, DC fast-charging capability, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights and taillights, cruise control, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power-reclining front seats (manual height and fore/aft adjustment), and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Tech features include Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service remote services, an 8-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a USB port, Bluetooth, and an eight-speaker sound system. There's also an optional Driver Assistance package, which includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
The SEL Premium has the features from the Driver Assistance package as standard. It also gets LED headlights with automatic high beams, parking sensors, lane keeping assist, an automated parking system, an auto-dimming mirror, simulated leather upholstery, a more energy-efficient heating system, a digital gauge cluster display, and a bigger 9.2-inch center touchscreen with gesture control and navigation.
A suite of driver aids that includes park distance control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane keeping assist, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert is standard. There's also a 12.3-inch all-digital Volkswagen Digital Cockpit gauge cluster.
|Overall||7.9 / 10|
Noise & vibration9.0
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out9.0
Child safety seat accommodation8.5
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Our experts like the e-Golf models:
- Intelligent Crash Response System
- Automatically engages the brakes after an accident, turns off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors and activates the hazard lights.
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Detects and warns you when you're drifting out of your lane. Can take steering action if necessary.
- Forward Collision Warning
- Warns you about an imminent collision with an object ahead. Can automatically apply the brakes if necessary.
Volkswagen e-Golf vs. the competition
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf
2019 BMW i3
Volkswagen e-Golf vs. BMW i3
If range isn't everything but style is, the BMW i3 should be at the top of the list. From its stubby proportions to its funky interior design and materials, there's nothing else quite like it on the road. It also delivers a sporty driving experience. However, it's more expensive than the e-Golf and not nearly as practical because of its smaller size and access-style rear doors.
Volkswagen e-Golf vs. Chevrolet Bolt EV
Because of its impressive 238-mile-plus range, affordable price tag and entertaining personality, the Chevrolet Bolt has been at or near the top of the electric-car class for more than two years. But it's not unassailable, especially if you prefer a more standard, high-quality car-like interior like the one in the e-Golf. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Chevrolet Bolt.
Volkswagen e-Golf vs. Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 leaves the e-Golf in a swirl of electronic dust in terms of driving performance and battery range. It's also the vehicle du jour for the tech-savvy buyer. But the Model 3 is considerably more expensive until the affordable base model finally comes out. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Tesla Model 3.
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What's new in the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf:
- DC fast charger now comes standard on base SE trim
- Advanced driver aids now available for base SE trim
- Part of the first e-Golf generation introduced for 2015
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How much should I pay for a 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf?
The least-expensive 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf is the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,895.
Other versions include:
- SE 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) which starts at $31,895
- SEL Premium 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) which starts at $38,895