The Volkswagen e-Golf electric automobile, beginning with a Golf as the relation gives it magnificent DNA. The whole Golf extent, including the GTI, has been a perennial best vehicles contestant for the past decade. If a Golf two-door, four-door, or SportWagen can’t meet your automotive needs, then you either have an enormous family or we respectfully think you’re erroneous. Brand-new for 2016 is this entry-level e-Golf, the SE. The beginning component for the e-Golf to less than $30K, at $29,815 significantly below the acting $36,415 SEL Premium model. With tax credit the e-Golf starts looking like a beautiful bewitching route to dodge gas devotions forever. While electricity isn’t free, the e-Golf’s guessed annual energy outgo, matching to the EPA, is $550, or $650 less than it would take to fuel a Volkswagen Golf TSI automatic.
But more than outgo, minor extent is the gigantic interest when thinking an electric automobile. Matching to the EPA, there isn’t an individual EV determined under $30,000 that can voyage farther than 100 miles on a charge. (The Nissan Leaf SV, which has the newly accessible and large 30-kWh artillery pack, starts at $35,050 and can go 107 miles, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which promises 200 miles, goes on selling advanced this year at an evaluated value of $37,500.) The EPA calculations the e-Golf’s extent at 83 miles. Yet the far we rode on an individual charge was 52 miles, after which we loaded. The artillery drank up 19.0 kWh of electrons or about 80 proportion of the 24.2-kWh artillery pack’s capability.
Which means that after driving 52 miles we had only 5 kWh left something like 12 or 13 miles’ worthy. The SE comes with a 3.6-kW onboard warhorse, although customers can opt to improve to a 7.2-kW unit for $1695. VW says the 7.2-kW warhorse (quality on the SEL) can fill an empty artillery in about four hrs, using electricity from a 240-volt point. The $6600 improve to the e-Golf SEL Premium also nets LED headlights, fabric covering, an improved 8.0-inch information and entertainment screen (versus the SE’s 6.5-inch unit) and navigation system. Automated crisis stopping, forward-collision informing and hands-free park help are packed in a $395 collection that’s also unique to the SEL Premium model.
Inside, the e-Golf SE reminds you it’s the budget model with its cloth rooms and a coated steering wheel one could only think multifunction because it has a noisemaker. The regulates are acquainted, however, as is the compartment. One variation from the Golf standard is that an energy meter replaces the tachometer, it visually indicates how much energy the driver is touching and the power of the regenerative stopping. For the record, the e-Golf uses a told 20 proportion of its accessible electric energy when cruising at 70 mph. Volkswagen’s MQB building allowed specialists to collection the electric drive elements, notably the 701-pound, 264-cell artillery pack, under the floor and the back rooms without advancing into the traveler compartment. As far as travelers are concerned, the indoor is the accurate same magnitude and shape as it is in an internal-combustion Golf—which is not the case with the Ford Focus electric, which has decreased indoor space to meet the artillery pack.
A 115-hp AC engine supplies the go. Getting to 60 mph requires 9.4 seconds. That’s not fast, but this automobile weighs 211 pounds more than a 170-hp four-cylinder Golf TSI automatic, which can knocked 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. The e-Golf eventually will get to 85 mph, at which component the engine will be turning at 12,000 rpm. It stops from 70 mph in 175 feet and holds the street with a rigid 0.86 g of grasping, good enough to beat the fuel model of the Ford Focus as well as the 2.0-liter Mazda 3.
The e-Golf’s most worthy performance is the sedate emptying of electrons from the artillery pack. We totalled 94 MPGe over 157 miles, existing mostly of abbreviated (20 miles or less) journeys and daily meal journeys. That’s a far sob from the EPA evaluating of 116 MPGe combined, but it’s still beautiful darn businesslike and 32 proportion acceptable than the Focus electric we put through an akin ordinary recently. Only the BMW i3 (124 MPGe) and the Chevrolet Spark EV (119 MPGe) boast acceptable EPA combined appraisals.
The one situation we’d like to see Volkswagen do with the e-Golf is to give more battleful regenerative stopping in drive. Most cheap electric vehicles move a definite symptom of eco-weenieness about them. They’re sedate, calm and not made for Nebraska’s infinite expanse of I-80. The e-Golf is no distinct. But around municipality, the moment torque 199 lb-ft at zero rpm proves more than full to set the rate when speeding from a stoplight.