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Volkswagen e-Golf first review

What is it?

Volkswagen’s series-production electric car – the Volkswagen

Following hot on the heels of the e-Up. the new version of Europe’s perennial seller is planned to go on sale in the UK spring at a price, Volkswagen’s of RD Hans-Jakob Neusser suggests, see it undercut the recently introduced BMW i3 .

has taken its time developing the resisting the urge to launch it its advanced driveline was sufficiently — both in terms of performance and — to fully meet customer

Now, with increasing pressure at home to get zero-emission on the road and a rising public of the ability of the latest generation of cars, the German car maker confident of its potential to finally the e-Golf on sale.

Unlike BMW the carbonfibre-intensive i3 – and Nissan with the as well as Renault with the Zoe for matter, Volkswagen has decided to its new electric car around an existing the seventh-generation Golf ; the reasoning that a number of internal carried out in recent years revealed potential electric car are more interested in overall practicality and ease of use than styling and a sense of standing out the crowd.

It is a typically conservative but one that Volkswagen is confident prove the right one over the term. Apart from a strip adorning its grille, a of e-Golf badges front and and full LED headlamps, there appears to be little else to the new e-Golf. However, a closer reveals it boasts a number of aerodynamic refinements that it to slip through the air with efficiency than its more combustion-engine touting siblings.

Included is a new front bumper integrated LED daytime running that mimic the shape of of the e-Up, a closed-off grille to the entry of air to the engine bay, underbody panelling for smoother air at speed, a rear spoiler the tailgate, so-called air guides the C-pillars and a new rear bumper. The have also been with an aerodynamic design is claimed to reduce turbulence the wheel houses. The result is a 10 per cent improvement in drag over the standard Golf at a Cd of 0.28.

To help streamline at its Wolfsburg-based manufacturing base and production costs in check, the uses the same MQB platform and high strength steel structure as other seventh-generation s. One body style, a five hatchback, is planned to underpin although VW doesn’t rule out a three-door hatchback at a later should demand warrant it.

transversely up front in the space occupied by the Golf’s wide of petrol and diesel powerplants is an developed, engineered and produced electric motor. Tuned to at a maximum 12,000rpm, it develops and 200lb ft of torque in the most of three driving modes. is channelled to the front wheels an in-house produced single-speed known as the EQ270.

Energy for the electric motor is by a 24.2kWh lithium ion battery weighs 318kg and is mounted the boot at the rear. Consisting of 264 cells sourced from it generates a nominal 232 volts. time is put at a lengthy 13 hours on a 240 household socket at a charging of 2.3 kW. However, this can be cut to just hours with an optional charging system that the e-Golf to plug in at a charging boasting power levels of up to

There are no compromises in interior or overall accommodation, although the loses its double-floor feature, there is slightly less space than with seventh-generation Golfs.

As with the the interior boasts a familiar apart from the instrumentation, has been altered to in line the driveline. The e-Golf also an eight-inch touchscreen colour as standard, providing the basis for a of unique on-board functions, a so-called range monitor, flow indicator and charge

What is it like?

Much of the appeal lies in its familiarity, is something Volkswagen is clearly on in its quest to become a force in the car ranks. As with the e-Up, it is conventional to drive. This of use should make it an attractive not only for private buyers but fleet operators and rental car


The e-Golf starts with a crank of a key in the ignition, at which its spring to life to indicate the motor is primed. You then a button to disengage the electronic and select d (for drive) via the lever – just as you do in conventional models fitted with an dual-shift gearbox. The weighting of the is heavier than usual, but it is to modulate on the run.

Save for roar from the tyres, is silent at city speeds. is sufficient power on tap and nimbleness the chassis to make the e-Golf fun in an environment. The steering is also direct, albeit largely of any meaningful feedback.

While it has on making the e-Golf easy to Volkswagen has not shied away providing it with variety of energy boosting functions help the driver to extend its

By sliding the gear lever in to B brake energy recuperation), you can the amount of kinetic energy during braking and subsequently in the battery for latter use – and with comes an altering in the rate of on a lifted throttle.

There are four defined of energy recuperation – D1, D2, D3, D4 — either via the gearlever or steering paddles; the least severe of sees the e-Golf gently as you back off the throttle and the most of which is equivalent to a prolonged of the brake pedal.

There are three different driving – Normal, Eco and Eco Plus — via the touch-screen monitor. They reduce the amount of power by the electric motor, allowing the to choose between the maximum 94bhp or 74bhp.

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Performance there’s little to complain With 199lb ft of torque the moment you nudge the throttle in mode, the e-Golf bursts off the with a strong and seamless of acceleration, hitting 37mph in – a time Volkswagen suggests is than the Golf GTI to provide it a likeable, spritely nature in an driving environment.

The 0-62mph is a little less notable at owing in part to the fixed and effect of its 1510kg kerb which makes it 230kg than the Golf 2.0 TDI. the all-electric Golf is anything but possessing plenty of urge on the Top speed varies depending on the mode, limited to 87mph in 71mph in Eco and 56 mph in Eco Plus.

The inherent qualities of the electric make for quiet and relaxed However, the added weight and R16 profile low-rolling resistance stiff side-wall structures taken the edge off the ride, is noticeably firmer than Golf models.

The e-Golf’s average consumption of 12.7kWh/100km is impressive, providing it with an range of 118 miles. With in route profile and driving taken into account, suggests the real world is between 81 and 118 miles

Should I buy

The answer to this depends on your motoring needs. You buy the Volkswagen e-Golf just but for those who require a car exclusively for under the claimed 118-mile range — and have easy to high power 40kW charging — it appears to be a genuine to the current crop of petrol, and even hybrid-powered hatchbacks.

For else, though, the e-Golf is to make little sense. second dedicated electric car terrifically well engineered, the same premium feel as seventh-generation Golf models and the sort of everyday practicality is expected from a modern-day

The clincher, however, is its ease of Despite boasting a vast of drive modes, it is very to drive. With its gutsy acceleration, it is also fun in the nip and tuck of driving.

While we’re yet to verify claims on range, the official place the German car maker’s dedicated electric car at the top of its market in terms of overall efficiency.

A assessment will have to until UK pricing is announced but Volkswagen already hinting it be below that of the £25,860 BMW i3 a £5000 government rebate), are the e-Golf could be the car to get the long-predicted car revolution rolling.

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Price tba; 0-62mph Top speed 87mph; Economy CO2 0g/km (local); Kerb 1510kg; Engine Synchonous motor; Installation Front, FWD; Power 114bhp; 199lb ft; Gearbox single automatic, variable energy Battery capacity 24.2kWh

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