e-Golf: More Powerful Motor, Better Batteries

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Volkswagen e-Golf

Affordable EVs are becoming more and more widespread in Canada and the Volkswagen e-Golf has inherited the excellence of its gas-powered sibling.

Simply put, the Volkswagen e-Golf is the battery-powered version of the standard Volkswagen Golf. The e-Golf first arrived in late 2014 and occupied a prominent position in the car maker’s lineup. The brand has transferred to the Electric Vehicle realm recently and has deemed “diesel” to be a very dirty word. The e-Golf now incorporates a 35.8 kWh battery pack and has a pretty good range of 200 kilometres as a result. Overall, the e-Golf offers a lot of electric car for your money and that makes it worthy of taking a closer look.

A Bump in Both Battery and Traditional Power

The e-Golf was also given a new and more powerful engine to go along with its brand new battery pack. The new powerhouse generates a total of 134 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. These improvements are most obvious on the track, where the only Volkswagen EV currently available for purchase flexes its additional thrust power by means of a brisk acceleration. It takes 8.5 seconds to get from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour and 5.4 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 kilometres per hour. The quarter-mile sprint takes a healthy 16.6 seconds at 133 kilometres per hour. Boasting these numbers on the track means the e-Golf is more than capable of providing a reliable and responsive ride in daily situations, partly thanks to a choice of three driving modes: Normal, Eco and Eco+.

Plenty to Like About It

If you loved the classic Golf, you’ll have no trouble feeling the same way about the e-Golf. A composed ride and engaging handling exist thanks to a skilful tuning of the chassis, and VW was able to carve out a roomy interior for five thanks to decades of experience with the same basic shape. The compact and urban-friendly overall package that is the e-Golf boasts a large and practical luggage compartment. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the e-Golf also doesn’t lose any cargo capacity when compared to its gas-powered brother. An easy-to-use, large touchscreen is included as standard across all models and is the cherry on top in an otherwise classy interior.

What About Usability?

The e-Golf comes in two trim levels, with the base version offering an optional DC fast charger when the time comes to recharge the battery. It enables the owner to spend as little as four hours completely refuelling their e-Golf with power. The downside is that the DC charger, as great and practical as it is, requires a 240-volt source of electricity to work. There’s also an additional expense that comes with having to wire such a charging dock into one’s home. The upside is that the DC charger comes as standard on the higher trim level, which is still not the case with the Driver Assistance package, unfortunately. This package is one to choose, though, as it includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is a car that doesn’t need to scream “This is an electric vehicle!” at the top of its lungs in order to get noticed. It is a quiet vehicle altogether and there’s not really much noise to be heard from the electric motor. In that regard, it is no different from an internal-combustion, low-powered Golf. As a matter of fact, even the charge meter has the appearance of a classic fuel gauge. Overall, the e-Golf feels just like a normal Golf with a low centre of gravity, which is more than welcome when it comes to carrying speed on the highway on- and off-ramps. If its range works for your commuting needs, the Volkswagen e-Golf is absolutely the car for you.