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
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