The 2019 VW e-Golf has all the fun and all the practicality that the regular Golf offers. It is Volkswagen all-electric car and provides all-electric motoring within a compact package. A 35.8-kWh battery packs powers the electric motor, which produces 134 horsepower. The EPA has estimated that it will travel 125 miles. That’s a pretty good range considering that the Chevrolet Bolt EV (the Tesla Model 3, volkswagen id and the Hyundai Kona electric offer twice as much range for the same price. An exterior design that doesn’t identify it as an Electric car might make it attractive to introverted drivers. This is not true of the Bolt or the quirky-looking Toyota Prius Prime. It can carry four adults comfortably in the large trunk and spacious interior of the e-Golf volkswagen. The battery life of the e-Golf is limited, so it can be used for longer trips. The 2019 VW e-golf is the best compact electric car and was awarded the 10Best award.
- HIGHS: Practical Cabin, standard DC Fast Charging, perky Powertrain and Handling;
- LOWS: Disappointing battery capacity and laggy infotainment systems, questionable value compared to other EVs;
- VERDICT: Classic volkswagen Golf is a great choice for those looking for electric power, but it still needs to have more range in order to compete with its key rivals.
What’s New in 2019?
Volkswagen has not increased the price of its 2019 e-Golf by much, but made some changes to the car’s features that make it worth the extra cost. The base SE model comes standard with DC quick charging. This package can also be added with a Driver Assistance package. It adds a suite, which includes blind-spot monitor, automated emergency brake, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. The driver-assistance goodies are also available in the upscale SEL Premium.
Pricing and Which one to buy
We recommend sticking with the SE base model. The additional features offered by the SEL Premium don’t justify the increased price. The SE has an 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, partially powered-adjustable seats and automatic climate control with two zones. All e-Golf volkswagen models remain eligible for the $7500 federal income tax credit. The pricing is not adjusted.
Powertrain, Charging, & Performance
Enjoys: Zippy feeling acceleration in urban settings.
Dislikes: Lack of driving range. There are other competitors that have better driving speeds and are just as enjoyable to drive.
The e-Golf volkswagen can be charged at either a 120 volt or 240 volt outlet. The full charge takes 26 hours with standard 120-volt house electricity and six hours with 240 volts. The SE Premium and SEL Premium trims both have DC fast charging as standard. This system allows the e-Golf volkswagen reach an 80-percent charge within one hour of charging at a DC fast-charging point. It’s possible to charge the e-Golf volkswagen in six hours, but we would prefer longer charging times and greater range. Type keyword e-Golf is responsive, but it took 8.5 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. It’s slower than the Bolt EV by 2 seconds.
Since the beginning, the volkswagen Golf family has included some of most skilled and fun-to drive entrants in the compact category. The e-Golf volkswagen is no exception. It is agile and responsive, with light steering and predictable responses.
Driving Range and Real World MPGe
Car experts choose the e-Golf volkswagen becouse it promises more than 110 MPGe for daily driving, as is the case with many electric vehicles. Overall driving range is important for most EV buyers. The e-Golf volkswagen is capable of driving 125 miles with a single charge but falls short of the Bolt EV (23 miles total range), Kona Electric (258 mile total range) or the Model 3 Mid Range (264 mi total range).
Interior, Infotainment, & Cargo
Comments: Beautifully trimmed interior, modern looking infotainment display and practical hatchback body.
Dislikes: Insufficient differentiation between the two trims. Slow response times from infotainment.
There is little difference between the SE and SEL Premium e-golf interior materials. There are just two trims and a couple options packages. The only features available in the top trim are faux-leather seats and a self-dimming backview mirror. Ambient lighting is not included in the base trim. The e-Golf volkswagen uses partial-power seat adjustment in both trims. This means that the driver and front passenger have access to a switch to adjust their recline, but they need to use manual controls to change the height or fore-aft positioning.
The e-Golf SE features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment monitor; SEL Premium models include a larger unit measuring 9.3 inches. The interface is intuitive, sleek, and includes navigation in the SEL Premium. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. There is also an eight-speaker audio system.
The e-Golf is just as cargo space as its gas-powered counterpart. This car is also one the most cargo-friendly of the set, even compared with bigger (but smaller-shaped) cars like the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius. When the e-Golf volkswagen is in use, we can fit five suitcases and 16 bags into the 23 cubic foot space behind it.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
The volkswagen vw e-Golf isn’t subject to crash-testing. However, that’s common for low-sales-volume car earn money. The e-Golf has a number of driver-assistance options. However, this equipment is included in the Driver Assistance package for the SE model. It is also standard on the SEL Premium trim. As a rule, at least some driver-assistance features are included in standard equipment. The Hyundai Ioniq as well as the Prius Prime have safety tech that is not available in the volkswagen vw e-Golf. The following safety features are essential:
- Automated emergency brakes available;
- Available forward collision warning;
- Available adaptive control.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The e-Golf volkswagen warranty coverage is essentially the same as that for many other consumer cars. It does include eight years or 100,000 mile of battery coverage as a nod toward the electric powertrain.
- Limited Warranty: 3 years/ 36,000 miles;
- 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty;
- Hybrid parts are covered for 8 year or 100,000 miles;
- No scheduled maintenance.
Is it a good idea to buy an e-Golf?
The volkswagen vw e golf models is a great option if you have a daily commute or errand route that allows for an electric car with a range of 125 miles. It’s well-built, and it can be purchased on the used market at a reasonable price. A regular Golf may be more suitable for you if range anxiety is a result of a long commute.