Volkswagen e-Golf

Pure Electric

123 mi Range

Seats 5

22.8ft3 Cargo


35.8kWh Battery

The Volkswagen e-Golf is VW’s 1st EV sold in the United States. The all-electric version of the Golf hatchback is currently the only EV offered by the manufacturer. The vehicle is powered by a 115 hp 85 kW AC electric motor with 199 lb-ft of torque paired to a single-speed automatic transmission, which lets it respond instantly to pressure on the pedal, providing a top speed of 85 mph. The EPA has given it an 83 mile pure-electric range rating and a 126/105 mpg-e city/highway rating. Passengers have plenty of cargo space – 22.8 cubic feet. Lowering the split-folding rear seats provides 52.7 cubic feet.

The e-Golf electric 5-door/5 passenger hatchback has 3 driving modes: Normal, Eco and Eco Plus. Its lithium-ion battery pack takes 4 hrs to recharge and provides an 85 mile range, which can slightly extend in the Eco Plus mode. The EV gets a top speed of 87mph and creates little to no sound, making the ride very quiet. VW has equipped each e-Golf with a ChargePoint card, which gives drivers access to 18,000 EV charging stations nationwide. Test drivers say the EV is well-engineered, easy to drive and provides plenty of leg room and cargo space.

e-Golf comes in two trims: SE and SEL Premium. The SE trim has 16-inch alloy wheels wearing low rolling resistance tires, keyless entry/start, LED lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, rearview camera, leather-wrapped shift knob, plus VW's MIB II infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 7.2-kilowatt charger.

The SEL Premium adds a DC fast-charging function (an option in the SE), plus leatherette upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation, cruise control, ambient cabin lighting, illuminated scuff plates, 8-inch touchscreen, heat pump (for greater energy efficiency), and Park Distance Control. The SEL Premium trim is eligible for a Driver Assistance Package that includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping assistance, plus a parking assistant feature.

Volkswagen says this about their Infotainment/Technology: "Of course our electric vehicle is going to be programmed with some of the latest car technology. The available Volkswagen Car-Net® connected car suite brings you many ways to connect to your e-Golf. Take, for instance, VW Car-Net App-Connect, which can display select apps from your compatible smartphone onto your touchscreen. Once you plug your smartphone into the USB port, App-Connect lets you use your apps on the dash, using either Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, or MirrorLink®. Staying in touch has never been this easy."

An improved battery and upgraded motor (compared with last year's model) results in a one-second quicker sprint from standstill to 60 mph, which the car now performs in 9.6 seconds, and a higher top speed of 93 mph (up from 87 mph).

The Golf lineup received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award, earning a Good score on all crash tests (Good is the highest possible score). In IIHS crash avoidance and mitigation tests, Golf models with the Driver Assistance package scored an Advanced rating after reducing a 12-mph impact by 10 mph. e-Golf's Driver Assistance package comes with forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, and park assist.

The pure-electric e-Golf is eligible for HOV stickers and qualifies for a $2500 State of California rebate plus a $7500 Federal Tax Credit.



  • 85 kW AC synchronous electric motor, 115 hp, 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque
  • 24.2 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger DCP
  • Combined Charging System (CCS) with DC charging capability DCP
  • 3.6 kW on-board charger
  • Speed-variable power steering
  • Single-speed automatic transmission
  • Independent front MacPherson struts and independent rear 4-link suspension
  • 3 driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Eco+
  • 3 selectable levels of regenerative braking
  • Electric parking brake
  • XDS® (Cross Differential System)


  • Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Color multi-function trip computer
  • 2 12V power outlets: 1 in front center console, 1 in cargo area
  • Composition Media touchscreen sound system with proximity sensor, MP3/WMA/FLAC-compatible CD player, AM/FM/HD Radio™, SD memory card reader, and voice, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription, Bluetooth® technology with audio streaming for compatible devices
  • USB port, Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect, Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service
  • control
  • Discover Pro
  • Carpeted floormats
  • Heated front seats
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Lockable glovebox with cooling feature
  • Power windows with pinch protection and automatic 1-touch feature
  • Adjustable cargo floor
  • 6-way partial power-adjustable front seats
  • Adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger seats
  • Crash-optimized front end
  • Driver and passenger front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system
  • Side Curtain Protection® airbags, front and rear
  • 3-point safety belts for all seating positions, including safety belt pretensioners for
  • driver and front passenger
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor points
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
  • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential
  • Lock (EDL), and Engine Braking Assist (EBA)


  • Automatic headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature
  • LED headlights with blue accents
  • e-Golf front grille with blue accent
  • e-Golf design-integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Heated power side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • 16" aerodynamic Astona alloy wheels with all-season low-rolling-resistance tires
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
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