Do you think an electric car would be a practical option for your daily driver? Of course, a lot needs to be taken into consideration when answering that question including things like an electric-car’s total driving range, charging time, and fast-charging stations that are near your home or place of work. That being said, when you put things into perspective you’ll realize there is a small market for EVs with a range of 150 miles or less. I recently spent some time with an electric-car with similar range — the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf.
While the e-Golf is a fully electric-car, at the end of the day, this is a Golf in every aspect — and the Golf is by far my favorite hatchback. Let’s take a deeper and dive and check out all the interesting facts and details on the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf.
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Exterior
The Volkswagen e-Golf is one of the few electric cars that does the electric thing without looking weird like the Chevrolet Bolt or the Nissan Leaf. Yes, the Ford Focus Electric and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric also look quite normal — but come on, we’re talking about one of the most legendary hatchbacks in the world.
Now, while the Volkswagen e-Golf is based on the seventh-generation Golf and shares its exterior design with the rest of the Golf family, it does have some unique elements. Besides the e-Golf badges and blue accents, you’ll notice the absence of tailpipes, energy-efficient LED headlights that use less energy, low rolling resistance tires, and more. The radiator shutter and grille, underbody paneling, rear spoiler, and other features help with an effective coefficient of drag of 0.27.
About those 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels? I’ll let you formulate your own opinion on those.
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Interior
As I’ve mentioned throughout my review of the Volkswagen e-Golf, I love the fact that it has taken everything I love about the Golf and applied it to the EV world. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the Tesla Model 3 interior where to see how fast you’re going you have to look at the giant iPad screen in the middle rather than right in front of you.
This being an EV, there are some unique faces on the infotainment screen that outline EV info like your range, power delivery, range, and how well you’re driving to maximize your range. My test model, the $38,895 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium also came with the brand’s Digital Cockpit that puts a bunch of info (including navigation, speed, estimate range, driver assist systems, and more) right in front of you in a 12-inch high-res display. It also has the upgraded 9.25-inch infotainment display, LED headlights, and a range of driver assist features. Honestly, I’d stick with the entry-level SE model which starts at $31,896 as it comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display along with Apple CarPlay / Android Auto connectivity, heated seats, a rearview camera and more. Also, the Volkswagen e-Golf is eligible for a $7,500 federal income tax credit which is not factored into the prices I’m mentioning here.
Space wise, rear passengers get 35.6 inches of legroom and cargo capacity comes in at 22.8 cubic-feet with the rear seats up and 52.7 cubic-feet with the seats folded.
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Performance
As much as car enthusiasts tend to hate on electric cars one thing is really undeniable, the instant torque and fast acceleration are two of the best feelings in the world. You can stomp on the accelerator at any speed and you’ll be pushed back into your seat and just take off. Yes, the Volkswagen e-Golf isn’t the fastest electric car out there but driving it around town can be quite fun.
The electric 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf makes a total of 134 horsepower and a maximum torque of 214 lb-ft. Zero to 60 mph comes in 8.5 seconds, and if you keep your foot in the carpet, it’ll hit a top speed of 85 mph. There is a 35.8 kWh battery that takes a total of 30 mins to charge to 80 percent using a DC fast charge. Fuel economy comes in at 126/111 MPGe* (city/highway).
One thing that really stood out to me was the smooth and comfortable ride quality. Of course, this being an EV the single speed transmission makes the power delivery seamless. Also, the instant boost available at any speed is one thing I absolutely love about EVs.
During my time with the Volkswagen e-Golf, I never really went below 50% charge so I was able to quickly hit 100% within 25-30 mins at a nearby DC fast charging station. While there’s no Sport mode, you do get three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Eco+, and three levels of regenerative braking. On a full charge, you get a range of 125 to 135 miles, which is perfect for driving around town. Of course, if you’re a heavy commuter the Volkswagen e-Golf is not for you.
2019 Volkswagen e-Golf Overall
VW seems to be doing its best to make owning an electric-car as easy as possible for potential Volkswagen e-Golf buyers. While it doesn’t have Tesla’s Supercharger network, it has teamed up with ChargePoint to provide authorized e-Golf dealers with charging stations where owners can charge up. Buyers of the e-Golf also receive a complimentary ChargePoint card which gives them access to more than 34,000 ChargePoint stations in North America.
Also, VW’s Roadside Assistance Plan hopes to curb range anxiety should you run out of battery within 100 miles of your house. If you do find yourself in that situation, VW will have your Volkswagen e-Golf delivered to a nearby charging station and will pay for any transportation costs. Prices for the 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf start at $31,896**. Visit your local AutoNation Volkswagen dealership for a test drive today.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.