Volkswagen e-Golf 2017 review | What Car? first drive


Welcome to another What Car? short video,
where we take a quick look at a new car, in this case, the brand new VW e-Golf. Now, there
are those electric cars like the BMW i3 that look all new-fangled and space age, whereas
the e-Golf looks kind of like a Golf, really. But that may or may not be a good thing, depending
on your point of view. However, what is good, is that for 2017 the e-Golf gets an increased
range of 186 miles – or, in the real world, even VW admits that that’s more likely to
be about 125 miles. But that’s still more than good enough for most people’s uses, so
let’s go and have a look and see what the e-Golf is like to drive. Of course, being
an electric car, there’s no rattling petrol or diesel engine upfront – just a nice, smooth
electric motor, that, when you put your foot down, you just hear a very slight whir in
the background, and that makes it very nice and quiet and refined inside. Also, the fact
that, when you’re doing 70mph on the motorway, there’s not much wind or tire noise either.
The other thing is that it’s quite brisk, so you get an instant torque when you accelerate
away from a set of traffic lights, which makes the car very good in town, for nipping in
and out of spaces. But also, it will easily get you up to 70mph on a nice cruise on the
motorway as well. It’s also worth remembering that the Golf is a practical car, so you can
seat four people no problem at all. You’ve got a decent-sized boot as well, and the e-Golf
is based on SE trim, which is well-equipped anyway but the e-Golf also adds to that things
like LED headlights, a heated windscreen, and also you get a massive 9.2-in touchscreen
which is the top-spec model that you can buy in a Golf, with Sat Nav and plenty of connectivity
features as well. There is no doubt that the previous Golf was held back by its limited
range, but with the new e-Golf that’s no longer the case, because, while it’s not class-leading,
it is very competitive with the rest of the segment. But – and there is a but – we don’t
know the price. VW hasn’t announced them yet, but we think about £32,000, less with you
£4,500 government grant. So that puts you roughly in line with a BMW i3 and a Nissan
Leaf. Of those, though, would we choose the e-Golf? So far, from what we’ve seen, definitely.

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