What's the used Volkswagen e-Golf hatchback like?
You could pretty much sum up the 2014-2020 Volkswagen e-Golf in one line: ‘It’s like a Golf, just quieter.’
However, while the characteristics of this all-electric version of the old Mk7 Golf are broadly similar to the normal petrol and diesel models, the ownership experience can be quite different, even if the ever-improving electric charging network means the usability of electric cars is getting daily better.
All this means that in the quality of its finish, appearance, ergonomics, usability and practicality, like any Golf, it sets the bar for family hatchbacks of its period. So it’s nigh on impossible not to feel at home in the driver’s seat, or comfortable in the back, or appreciative of almost everything that can be fingered or adjusted.
Added to which, it’s very well equipped: it gets two-zone climate control, all-round parking sensors, e-vehicle programmed sat-nav and an 9.2in touchscreen infotainment system. A DAB tuner, smartphone integration, USB and Bluetooth connectivity are standard items too.
The difference comes when you start the e-Golf. Where you might be expecting to hear an engine fire into life, you just get a whirring of electric motors instead. This is also a powertrain with a bit of low-end muscle, which gives the car not only the sense of classy refinement that you hope for from a VW but also competitive performance and a strong impression of flexibility.
You may also notice that the e-Golf seems to be a little bit more cumbersome against the standard Golf due to the additional weight of all the batteries. It is much more agile than the Leaf, though, and nicer to drive than the Zoe, with less body roll in the corners. Hustling the car along isn’t something that you’d normally do, but you can flick your way around roundabouts and tighter junctions with a bit of brio – and enjoy doing so. Underneath it all, this is a Golf, after all, and it handles with the same kind of perfectly metered consistency and well rounded predictability as any Golf.