Reasonable performance; practical interior; quick charge time
Thanks to a new, more capacious lithium-ion battery, total range for a fully charged car has increased to 125 miles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The previous year's figure was 83 miles. The electric motor is more powerful. And a 7.2 kW on-board fast charger is now standard.
A styling tweak brings new bumpers, front fenders, and LED lighting front and rear, in addition to a minor spruce-up in the cabin.
VW's Digital Cockpit (12.3-inch configurable instrument display) is now available in the top trim. So is the Discover Pro infotainment system with a 9.2-inch screen and gesture control for various functions.
Pedestrian monitoring also joins the forward collision mitigation feature. See the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf models for sale near you
There's a lot to like about the e-Golf, such as its comprehensive equipment, regular-car driving experience, roomy interior and impressive charge times. Probably the biggest disadvantage is that most people aren't able to buy it.
For those living in areas where the e-Golf is available, there's some thinking to do. How routine are your driving activities and needs? How easy is it to recharge, say, at work? Although this new boost in range is a step in the right direction, it still doesn't seem quite enough to promote the e-Golf from acting as a great second car to being an only car. Find a Volkswagen e-Golf for sale
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf comes in SE and SEL Premium trim levels. Remember there are various federal and state credits for buying a car that uses "alternative fuel."
SE (TBA) 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.
SEL Premium (TBA) has the DC fast-charging function (an option in the SE). It also gets 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.
Cargo space behind the rear seats is 22.8 cubic feet. This expands to 52.7 cubic feet when those seats are folded down. That's the same as the regular Golf and among the best in its class.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 Chevrolet Volt -- A plug-in hybrid as opposed to a fully electric car like the e-Golf, the Volt offers an electric motor capable of about 53 miles until a range-extending gasoline engine kicks in.
2017 Ford Focus Electric -- Plenty of regular Focus virtues and range has stretched to 100 miles for 2017.
2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric -- A newcomer. Range is 124 miles, 136 MPGe (claimed), and can recharge in four hours. Well worth checking out.
2017 Nissan Leaf -- The popular Leaf is cheaper than the e-Golf. Base models offer fewer features and a smaller interior, but this is one of the better-selling electric vehicles. A new generation is expected later in 2017.