Volkswagen e-Golf

Pure Electric

EV=125mi
Range

Seats 5

22.8ft3 Cargo

L=168.1
W=70.8
H=57.2

35.8kWh Battery

Though Volkswagen has invested billions in its e-mobility ramp up to create a wide variety of electric vehicles, its only EV in the United States right now is the e-Golf. With a 100 kW AC synchronous electric motor that outputs 134 horsepower and draws energy from a 35.8-kWh battery pack, the 4-passenger vehicle offers an EPA-estimated driving range of 125 miles – a decent number until you consider that the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Tesla Model 3, and the Hyundai Kona Electric offer twice the range with pricing that’s similar.

Back in 2015, when the VW e-Golf appeared, Volkswagen had a simple plan: to take what was good about their popular Golf model and retool it with an electric powertrain. While the e-Golf is still on sale in California and a few other states, and will be for the next few years, VW has plans to kill the model before the introduction of its all-new I.D. family of electric vehicles, which will include the I.D. Crozz, Buzz and Vission, all of which will have pure electric ranges of at least 250 miles.

For drivers who’d like to promote their eco-consciousness with an e-mobility model that specifically looks different from fossil fuel cars and is EV-branded, the e-Golf is not the right choice for you. The car’s exterior and interior style haven’t changed much since 2015 and it has no EV-branding designations on its exterior.

e-Golf comes in two trims: SE ($31,895 MSRP) and SEL Premium ($38,895 MSRP). Both trims offer 3 driving modes; Normal, Eco and Eco+, and three selective levels of regenerative braking.

Safety features for both trims include: Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect; Bluetooth technology with audio streaming for compatible devices; a Rear View Camera System; a Composition Media touchscreen sound system with 8" color display, proximity sensor, MP3/WMA-compatible CD player, AM/FM/HD radio, and voice control; a SiriusXM All Access with 3-month trial subscription; Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service with 6-month trial subscription and 3 years of complimentary e-mobility features; Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert with Driver Assistance package; Available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Driver Assistance package.

Interior conveniences for the SE trim include: DC fast charging capability; Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control
Cruise control; a Leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel; a Premium color Multifunction Display (MFD); Keyless access with push-button start. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with a Driver Assistance package is optional.

On the SEL trim, the Cruise Control package is standard, as is Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Keyless access with push-button start and interior ambient lighting. Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit is a screen display measuring over 12” wide. It displays your information digitally in high resolution. Drivers can customize settings for speed, estimate range, and travel time to route guidance, assistance systems, and elevation.

52.7 cu. ft. of cargo space is available with the rear seats folded and the adjustable cargo floor lowered.

The EPA has given the e-Golf a 126/111/119 city/highway/combined rating. The U.S. Department of Energy (www.fueleconomy .com) has calculated that 2019 e-Golf drivers will save $5,000 in fuel costs over 5 years compared to driving a comparable new fossil fuel car.

The pure-electric e-Golf is eligible for HOV stickers and qualifies for a $2,500 State of California rebate plus a $7,500 Federal Tax Credit.A Current EV representative can explain how you can qualify for these incentives.

Rewritten August 2019

Specs

Performance:

  • Engine: 100kW Synchronous AC Permanent Magnet
  • Horsepower @ rpm134
  • Maximum torque, lb-ft @ rpm 214 lb-ft
  • FWD – Front Wheel Drive
  • Rack and pinion: electric power assist
  • Unitary construction, bolt-on front fenders, two solid mounted subframes
  • Body Material: Steel stampings
  • Front Suspension: Strut-type with lower control arms, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
  • Rear Suspension: Multilink with coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
  • Brakes: Power assisted, dual circuit, 11.3 x 1.0-in vented front discs and 10.7 x 0.4-in solid rear discs
  • Anti-lock braking system: Standard, all four wheels, three-channel with electronic brake pressure distribution
  • Stability Control: Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Transmission: 1-speed direct drive
  • Parking Brake: Electrical
  • 7.2 kW on-board charger
  • DC fast charging capability
  • Basic Warranty: 6 years / 72,000 miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 years / 72,000 miles
  • EV Battery Warranty: 8 years / 100,000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 years / 36,000 miles

Interior:

  • Back-up Camera
  • Leather Seats
  • Parking Assist
  • Apple Car Play
  • Navigation
  • Lane Departure Alarm
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Auto Emergency Braking
  • Hands-free entry
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • 3 driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Eco+, and 3 selectable levels of regenerative braking
  • Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel
  • Premium color Multifunction Display (MFD)
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Driver Assistance package
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Heated front seats
  • 6-way partial power-adjustable front seats
  • Front seats with adjustable lumbar support
  • Rear View Camera System
  • In-Car Entertainment: Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect, Bluetooth technology with audio streaming for compatible devices, Composition Media touchscreen sound system with 8" color display, proximity sensor, MP3/WMA-compatible CD player, AM/FM/HD radio, and voice control, SiriusXM All Access with 3-month trial subscription, 8 total speakers, 3 Months of provided satellite radio service, memory card slot,
  • AM/FM stereo, auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control, satellite radio satellite radio, USB connection
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel,
  • Overhead console with storage,
  • Front seatback storage,
  • Leather steering wheel,
  • Keyless ignition,
  • Turn signal in mirrors,
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors,
  • Cooled storage compartment,
  • Front and rear cupholders,
  • Front and rear door pockets,Eelectric power steering,
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel,
  • Interior air filtration
  • Standard on SEL: Driver assisted parking assist, Adaptive cruise control, Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror, Front and rear parking sensors
  • Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service with 6-month trial subscription and 3 years of complimentary e-mobility features
  • Available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert with Driver Assistance package
  • Available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Driver Assistance package
  • Safety features: 4-wheel ABS, Rear door child safety locks, Turn signal mirrors, Daytime running lights, Engine immobilizer, Rear center 3-point belt, Post-collision safety system, Child seat anchors, Dual front side-mounted airbags, Front and rear head airbags, Stability control, Emergency braking assist, Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, Rear height adjustable headrests, Remote anti-theft alarm system, 2 front headrests, 3 rear headrests, Dusk sensing headlamps, Tire pressure monitoring, Traction control
  • Clock
  • External temperature display
  • Trip computer
  • Compass

Exterior:

  • Electrically heated windshield
  • Coming/Leaving Home feature
  • XDS Cross Differential System
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED taillights
  • e-Golf design-integrated LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • 16" split 5-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels
  • All Season Tires
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