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Volkswagen eGolf

Review

The Golf has long been Volkswagen’s best-selling model across the world. In 2017, the German carmaker sold 867,145 units of the Golf. If this wasn’t enough, the all-electric version of the Golf is one of the most affordable EVs on the market currently. As we move towards an electric future, the ‘e’ version of the Golf will continue to top the sales chart.

Design

Much of the Golf’s popularity is due to its no nonsense styling and design. This applies for the e-Golf as well which is almost the same as its iCE sibling except for a slice of space hacked from the boot in order to accommodate the lithium ion batteries beneath. Built on the same MQB platform, the e-Golf does gain a significant amount of weight largely due to the addition of its 318kg battery pack.

Interiors

The e-Golf benefits from VW’s use of high-quality interiors and a user-friendly layout. The ample headroom and leg space complement the huge range of seat and steering wheel adjustments, offering a comfortable seating position for all occupants. On the other hand, the boot space is cut down by 39 litres to 341 litres. Despite this, its boot continues to offer more than most cars in this segment.

Battery

Volkswagen claims the e-Golf range to be 300km, however most tests in the real world have seen the range drop to 240km. Despite the cut on the real world mileage, the range of the e-Golf is still 17 percent more than Nissan’s Leaf and 33 percent more than BMW i3! Dedicated charging takes little less than 4 hours to charge the e-Golf completely. Using a household three-pin charging plug, it takes 13 hours to charge the Golf though.

Performance

Like most EVs, the Golf has powerful acceleration and excellent pickup. It rushes from 0-100km in 10.4 seconds, which is 0.4 seconds quicker than the Nissan Leaf and 0.3 seconds faster than the conventional Golf. Reaching a top speed of 135kph easily, the e-Golf gives the feel of a sports hatchback. There are a total of five driving modes but you won’t need much more than the standard driving mode. The ‘B mode’ has the same effect as engine braking in a conventional car while also regenerating energy to recharge the battery. Like any other Golf, the electric version is agile with pretty good handling which makes it fun to drive on slick city roads. Also, the ride quality is highly refined making your trip equally smooth on bumpy roads.

Verdict

The e-Golf is like any other Volkswagen car, a better electric hatchback than most others, one that does all that you would expect of it to a recognized standard and afterward be content that it's simply just another Golf.

While the price tag of the VW e-Golf is a bit high, it's still in line with the premium BMW i3, and you can get a Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe for significantly less.

That, all things considered, is precisely the point. The e-Golf isn't a market changing vehicle. It's effectively seen as simple to use and about as uncompromised as any mass-market pure electric car can be in the current scenario.

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