Facelifted Volkswagen e-Golf gets more range
With more power and a greater range between charges, the fully electric Volkswagen e-Golf should now be much easier to live with...
This has long been one of the best electric cars on sale, because it's based on the regular Golf hatchback and retains almost all its good points. The only major problem up to now has been its limited range; it could travel for just 118 miles before it needed recharging, far less than the latest Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf.
Volkswagen has now addressed this issue, though, with the revised e-Golf, which will go on sale in April 2017 and be capable of 186 miles on a single charge. True, that still falls short of the 250 miles offered by top-end versions of the Zoe, but it beats the Leaf's 155 miles.
The e-Golf's electric motor has also been upgraded, so that it now produces 134bhp and gets the car from 0-62mph in 9.6sec – a 0.8sec improvement.
Meanwhile, its denser battery can be charged to 80% of capacity in an hour when connected to a fast charger, or fully recharged in less than six hours from a standard charging socket.
Elsewhere, the updated e-Golf gets many of the same exterior and interior styling revisions as the rest of the facelifted Golf range.
It can now be specified with a fully digital instrument cluster, which replaces the conventional dials with a 12.3in configurable display that puts relevant information directly in front of the driver.
What's more, you can have a massive 9.2in touchscreen infotainment system. And it's even possible to operate some functions with hand gestures.
New driver assistance systems that will be available include Traffic Jam Assist, which can accelerate, brake and even steer the car at speeds of up to 37mph. And as before there's an automatic emergency braking system that brings the Golf to a halt if the car in front stops and you fail to notice.
Prices are still to be revealed, but are likely to be slightly higher than the £31,680 of today's car. The e-Golf should still be cheaper than the rival BMW i3, though. And as a fully electric car it qualifies for the government's full £4500 electric vehicle grant.