Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
While the purchase price of the Volkswagen e-Golf is quite high, you do get £4500 back when you apply for the government grant. Still, it’s priced more in line with the premium BMW i3, and you can pick up an MG ZS EV or Renault Zoe for a lot less.
To help justify its price, it comes well kitted out. The e-Golf is based on regular Golf SE Technology trim, giving you 16in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a digital radio, sat-nav and Bluetooth. But in addition you also get LED headlights and a heated windscreen. It also benefits from a rapid charging inlet as standard, allowing for an 80% battery charge in 45-minutes.
You’ll also save money on tax whether you’re a company car user or private user, compared with even the cleanest conventional engine-powered Golf in the range. It costs significantly less to run, too; charging the e-Golf will cost considerably less than filling the tank of your regular Golf. Impressively, the e-Golf also holds onto its value better than petrol and diesel Golfs, too.
As for safety, the eGolf is also one of the best performing cars in the class, scoring a full five stars in its Euro NCAP safety tests. The BMW i3 received four stars, scoring highly for adult and child occupant protection, but losing a star for its pedestrian impact test result and the fact that it doesn't have automatic emergency braking (AEB) as standard, unlike the e-Golf, which does.
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