Quick charge time
Impressive 119 MPGe rating
Some rival EVs have similar or better range, wider availability, and lower starting prices
There are no major updates for the 2018 model year. See the 2018 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. Another issue for the e-Golf is some of its newer competition, especially the 2018 Nissan Leaf with a better range, availability in all 50 states, and a lower price.
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 its 125-mile range is decent, 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 2018 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" which vary depending on where you live.
The SE ($30,495) has 16-in alloy wheels wearing low rolling resistance tires, keyless entry/start, LED lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped shift knob, plus VW's MIB II infotainment system with a 6.5-in touchscreen, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 7.2-kilowatt charger.
The SEL Premium ($37,345) has the DC fast-charging function (an option in the SE). It also gets leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation, cruise control, ambient cabin lighting, illuminated scuff plates, an 8-in 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 assist, plus a parking assistant feature.
Cargo space behind the rear seats is 22.8 cu ft. This expands to 52.7 cu ft. 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|
2018 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.
2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric -- Range is 124 miles, 136 MPGe (claimed), lower starting price than the VW, and can recharge in four hours. Well worth checking out.