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2018 Volkswagen e-Golf

Original MSRP Range
$30,495--$37,345
Available Style(s)
Hatchback
MPG
N/A
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2018 Volkswagen e-Golf

What We Like

  • Reasonable performance

  • Practical interior

  • Quick charge time

  • Impressive 119 MPGe rating

What We Don't

  • Limited availability

  • Some rival EVs have similar or better range, wider availability, and lower starting prices

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

5.0/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf?

There are no major updates for the 2018 model year. See the 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf models for sale near you

Which e-Golf is the Best?

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

How Much Does a 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf Cost?

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.

e-Golf Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
e-Golf 4-Door SE$30,495 / $29,275Electric134N/ASingle-SpeedFWD
e-Golf 4-Door SEL$33,795 / $32,443Electric134N/ASingle-SpeedFWD
e-Golf 4-Door SEL Premium$37,345 / $35,851Electric134N/ASingle-SpeedFWD
Safety

Is the 2018 Volkswagen e-Golf a Safe Car?

As well as all the usual protection features (side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and front-side airbags), the e-Golf adds a few high-tech items such as a post-collision braking system that brings the car to a stop after a collision has already occurred. It may seem unusual, but it can help stop the e-Golf from rolling into other cars if the driver is unable to apply the brakes after a collision. A rearview camera is also standard.

The e-Golf has not been crash-tested, but the regular Volkswagen Golf has earned top scores from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The latter agency made the Golf a Top Safety Pick Plus.

5 Year Cost to Own

$31,576 ($0.42 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • DC Fast Charging Pkg

Competition

2018 Volkswagen e-Golf vs the competition

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 Ford Focus Electric -- Plenty of regular Focus virtues and a 100-mile range.

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.

2018 Nissan Leaf -- The Leaf is all-new for 2018 with a 151-mile range and a slightly lower starting price than the e-Golf. It also offers ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology.

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