New Volkswagen e-Golf vs BMW i3

Electric hatchbacks don’t come much more usable than VW’s latest e-Golf. But is it better than the radical BMW i3?...

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What Car? team
23 September 2016

Infotainment systems

BMW i3

New Volkswagen e-Golf vs BMW i3

A 6.5in display is standard, but the Professional media package (£960) fitted to our test car is a must-have option, adding a 10.2in screen, a bigger iDrive rotary dial controller with a touchpad on top (for entering postcodes with your finger), a 20GB hard drive and upgraded sat-nav with real-time traffic info. The rotary dial is easier to use than a touchscreen, but it’s disappointing that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone mirroring aren’t available.

Volkswagen e-Golf

New Volkswagen e-Golf vs BMW i3

The e-Golf receives VW’s glossy new 9.2in Discover Navigation Pro touchscreen as standard. It comes packed with tech, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, as well as a suite of applications and services, including those from Volkswagen’s own Car-Net scheme. However, the screen can be difficult to operate on the move, and the new gesture control system is more of a gimmick than a genuine tool.